At last Spring has arrived and here's the latest news from our pleasure horse veterinary team.
We’re pleased to welcome back Lucy Grieve, who has recently returned to the ambulatory team from maternity leave. Also, we are delighted to announce that Paul Martynski, who provided maternity cover in Lucy’s absence, is staying on to help with our ever-expanding pleasure horse work.
Annual Health Check packages
Mark Grant (pictured top right), Lucy and Paul continue to offer a wide variety of veterinary services to the pleasure horse community, including our popular Bronze, Silver and Gold Annual Health Packages - full details of all packages are available here.
Combining vaccinations with dentistry, worm egg counts and general blood profiles results in significant savings on the cost of these procedures than if they were undertaken separately. Please note that the Annual Health Check prices are only available on Zone Visit Days.
To book an Annual Health Check or a Zone Visit with one of our vets, please call the office on 01638 663150.
As the weather begins to improve and the ground gets warmer again, parasites become more active, so now is the time to consider worm control.
We offer a convenient, cost-effective Annual Worming Package to protect your horses and ponies from internal parasites. The aim of the package is to provide a recommended protocol and prevent unnecessary deworming treatments. It is designed to be purchased early in the year, around the time of the first worm egg count in March/April time, to enable you to get most benefit from it. The annual package, which includes 4 Faecal Worm Egg Counts (FWECs) and a winter wormer (Equest Pramox), costs just £60.
Atypical Myopathy (also known as 'Seasonal Pasture Myopathy')
Atypical myopathy (AM) is a fatal illness affecting grazing horses, usually in the spring and autumn. AM is caused by the toxin that is ingested when horses eat sycamore seeds and leaves (more common in the autumn). It has also been linked to horses and ponies eating sycamore saplings in the Spring.
The toxin in these plants damages muscles, resulting in a wide range of clinical signs. Typically, horses become dull, weak and stiff, they may tremble, struggle to lift their heads or lie down and then seem unwilling or unable to stand. Sometimes this behaviour is mistaken for signs of colic. Significantly, they may pass red or brown urine (caused by pigment released from damaged muscle cells).
Unfortunately, even with intensive care, AM is a fatal disease for many horses. Vigilance and prompt treatment may save them, so if you suspect your horse may be showing signs of AM, please contact the practice immediately.
Prevention: If possible, avoid grazing horses near sycamore trees and ensure horses have supplementary feed to discourage them from eating seeds or saplings.
For more detailed information or advice, call the ambulatory team on 01638 663150. There are also a number of news items about this disease in our News & Events pages, including this article which gives more details about the clinical signs and information on how to prevent the disease.
To book an appointment with Mark, Lucy or Paul, or for further advice on any of the above, please contact the office on 01638 663150.
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