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See Spring 2014 Newsletter and Also Summer 2014 Newsletter for other latest news



In a bid to try to get more people thinking about preventative healthcare we are offering incentives throughout the year on some preventative healthcare procedures.


Our aim is manage the health of your horse – not just the sickness





In 2011, MSD Animal Health announced the re-introduction of Equilis Strep E, the only strangles vaccine for horses in Europe.


Strangles is a highly contagious infectious disease in horses worldwide and it is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi subsp. equi. It is one of the most common bacterial equine respiratory infections and may cause major economic losses to the equine industry due to its prolonged course, recovery priod and associated complications. It is accompanied by fever, purulent nasal discharge and abscesses in the head and neck regional lymph nodes. Mortality is rare, but up to ten percent of recovered animals become chronic carriers of the bacteria and subsequently can spread the disease.


The recommended vaccination course is: 1st vaccination - 4 weeks later 2nd vaccination - boosters every 6 months.

For further information on Strangles and vaccination see the following website: http://www.equine-strangles.co.uk




Seasonal Reminders


Castrations - Castrations are only undertaken by the practice during the cooler months when flies are not prevalent usually between October and May each year. The reason we do not do castrations during the summer months is because the risk of infection is much higher. Please call the practice if you require further information or an appointment.


Dentistry – Regular dental checks are crucial not only for optimising your horses ridden performance but also for preventing problems such as colic, sinus infections and weight loss. Autumn/Winter is an important time to resolve any dental problems so that our horses are able to cope with high fibre diets over winter. After all there is no point spending money on food if your horse cannot eat it properly!


Where more intensive dentistry is required our vets are now able to undertake this work using a motorised rasp. We do this under sedation as this relaxes the horse and prevents stress and excitement, allowing the work to be done more efficiently and humanely by the vet. In the interests of safety we do not recommend that any motorised dentistry is undertaken unless your vet sedates your horse. For details and costs of this treatment please telephone the practice on 0161 643 7724.


Rain Scald / Mud Rash - This condition can be considered as frustrating in Autumn / Winter as Sweet Itch is during the summer. Please see the link for more information on this condition and how to manage it. (see Diseases - Rain Scald/Mud Rash).


Colic - Horses digestive systems are very sensitive to subtle management changes. The winter months usually bring a change in how we manage our horses with turnout being , especially if they are stabled during the winter months and we usually see an increase in colic cases during this transition period. Please see the link for more information on colic, steps you can take to minimise the risks and signs to look for. (see Diseases - Colic)


Laminitis - Usually a condition associated with the summer months however, we have seen a large number of these cases coming into autumn. A large number of laminitis cases were also seen during the winter last year. This could have been down to the extremely bad weather we experienced (lots of snow for long periods of time) meaning that horses were stabled for long periods whilst still being fed the same amounts of hay/haylage and hard feed but with no exercise due to the poor weather.


If you suspect your horse/pony has laminitis it should be treated as a clinical emergency and seen immediately. The sooner treatment for laminitis begins – usually the better the prognosis. Formoreinformation on laminitis see the link. (Diseases - Laminitis)


WormingDon’t forget to ask for a free worming programme. Controlling the worm burden is an essential part of your yearly management programme. Faecal examinations / worm egg counts are an excellent non intrusive way of assessing the levels of common worms in your horse. Also consider that tapeworms are not detected in a faecal examination so these should be routinely tested for separately with a blood sample or wormed accordingly at the correct time of year using the correct product. A worm burden can lead to lack of performance, weight loss, colic, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, anaemia, dullness and respiratory problems. The packages contain a 2 year rotating worming programme, all the wormers you will need for the year for your horse and a weigh tape.Thiswill ensure you are worming correctly at the right time of the year, with the correct type of wormer and using the correct dosage. For more info tel: 0161 643 7724.  






Summer skin allergies, including sweet itch, which is caused by reactions to bites from Culicoides midges, can be serious and frustrating conditions that affect three to five per cent1 of all horses in the UK. These allergies can be difficult to manage and are often a real challenge for both horse owners and vets alike.

Cavalesse is a natural food supplement containing a specialised formulation of water-soluble vitamins and minerals, including Nicotinamide. Once a month the contents of each sachet are simply dissolved in water to form an oral solution, which can be administered daily via a special pipette, either bysprinkling over a small handful of feed or adding to a treat such as a sugar lump.

The supplement helps horses maintain a healthy skin by reducing histamine release within the skin, moderating the excessive immune response within the skin, reducing anti-inflammatory reactions and suppressing antigen induced transformation.

To complete the Cavalesse skin management range, Cavalesse Topical is a skincare gel that can be used in combination with the Cavalesse solution. The gel can be applied to the skin to help support natural immunity from the outside, whilst the oral solution works in partnership from the inside.
Summer skin allergies, such as sweet itch, are frustrating conditions that can be difficult to treat. To help prevent the disease, horses are often fully blanketed while out at grass, given limited access to pasture or covered with insect repellents, while treatment has included antihistamines and corticosteroids which can have side-effects.

Only available via veterinary wholesalers, the Cavalesse range of products will enable owners to protect their horses from the inside, whilst maintaining a healthy skin from the outside.

2ml of Cavalesse should be administered to horses and ponies weighing less than 500kg daily, while horses weighing more than 500kg should be given 3ml per day. Cavalesse Topical should be appliedto the skin according to requirements.

For further information, please contact the practice on 0161 643 7724.

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Equitop® Myoplast Power Pearls from Boehringer Ingelheim is packed with 18 key amino acids,including 8 essential amino acids, which your horse requires in its diet.

Scientifically designed to support lean muscle growth, Equitop Myoplast is great for optimising performance in horses in intensive training and competition, as well as bringing on young, breeding, or recuperating animals, and for older horses which lose condition easily.

Equitop Myoplast is endorsed by top British show jumper, Ellen Whitaker from the Whitaker show jumping dynasty, who feeds the product to the horses on her yard, including the power jumper Ladina B:

“I feed Equitop Myoplast to Ladina B- She is an out and out power jumping horse. Since using Equitop Myoplast, her muscle definition and stamina has improved and she is jumping with more scope than ever!”

Equitop Myoplast is available in a 1.5kg tub, which should last a 500kg horse approximately one month. More information on the product and testimonials can be found on www.equitop-myoplast.co.uk.


For further information, please contact the practice on 0161 643 7724.

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Coopers Fly Repellent Plus is a quick insecticide, effective fly repellent and an aid in the prevention of sweet itch.

A single application of ready to use Coopers Fly Repellent Plus has been shown to kill the biting louse and prevent re-infestation for up to three months.

A single application keeps flies away for 2-4 days without staining clothes or tack, has a pleasant smell and your horse's coat will be left smooth and glossy
Fly control: Apply shortly before working the horse or when flies are troublesome. Repeat every other day or as necessary. A treatment will normally give two to four days relief, but longer or shorter protection may occur depending on climatic conditions, the prevailing fly species and the intensity of fly worry.

Louse Control: A single application of Coopers Fly Repellent Plus will usually eliminate adult populations of the biting louse Damalinia equi, and provide a degree of protection against reinfestation by nymphs emerging from visible eggs for up to 3 months. However as this protection is not absolute, it is advisable to repeat treatment after an interval of 14 days. Ensure that thyewhole body is treated including the head and tail.

Sweet-Itch: Apply to the base of the mail and tail and to other areas as required..


For further information, please contact the practice on 0161 643 7724.

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Janssen Animal Health has launched Domosedan Gel®, an easy-to-use gel for the reliable sedation of horses.


Domosedan Gel® is administered under the horse’s tongue, so it is rapidly absorbed.
It can replace physical restraint and improve safety during treatments, diagnostics and transport and the gel is ideal for horses that are nervous or needle-shy and when owners need more control during clipping, shoeing, dental treatments and boxing.

Domosedan Gel® is proven to be both effective and easy-to-administer with 98% of horses accepting the gel and owners finding it easy and convenient to use. The gel starts to be absorbed immediately and demonstrates a reliable sedatory effect and high safety margin, making it an ideal solution for sedation and restraint when performing non invasive procedures on horses.
For further information, please contact the practice on 0161 643 7724.





The practice has signed up to the British Equine Veterinary Association’s Emergency Services Protocol.


The protocol sets out a national standard with procedural guidelines for police and fire services with large animal rescue. Its creation was triggered by the number of horses dying slow, painful deaths in widely reported accidents on the roads and elsewhere. The aim of the new code is to minimise delays in injured animals receiving veterinary care, to maximise the chances of a positive outcome for the animal and to ensure the safety of all those involved.


We have agreed to be available to work with the emergency services in the event of an accident / incident involving horses within our area.


Updated 23 December 2014

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