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Penbode Equine Vets - Sweet Itch Vaccine 2021

Sweet Itch Vaccine 2021

Anecdotal reports from Europe have suggested that vaccinating horses with a ringworm vaccine can reduce the severity of sweet itch signs. The vaccine course comprises two injections, two weeks apart.

Results from previous years
Penbode Equine Vets have been running successful sweet itch vaccine trials since 2018 and will be continuing to import the vaccine from Germany under a special licence.* Each year we have had great feedback from our clients who participated and have found that over 60% of horses given the vaccine showed an improvement in their sweet itch signs.
*Currently licensed in Europe for ringworm control in horses but is not licensed in the U.K.

How to get involved
If you would be interested in taking part in the 2021 trial please contact Penbode Equine Vets.
You must place your order and pay for it (£140+VAT per horse) on or before December 29 2020. This is so that we can order the vaccine from Germany before the UK leaves the EU on 1 January 2021

Please note the conditions of participation and use. Please ask Penbode Equine Vets for more information

Conditions of use
1.The horse/pony must be the property of, or kept by, a registered client of Penbode.
2.We must visit and examine the horse/pony in the first instance, and a special consent form must be signed.
3.The vaccine must be paid for in advance.
4.Normal visit charges will apply
5.It is necessary to start the vaccine course before the sweet itch season is in full swing.
6.We recommend you continue to use all other methods of sweet itch control alongside the vaccine.

Senior Horse Package 2020

Caring for our ?old friends?
It is estimated that a third of the UK?s horses, ponies and donkeys are aged 15 years or older. As the colder months draw in, we need to pay particular attention to their care and nutrition.

Research has shown that conditions most frequently unnoticed by owners in older horses include: dental disease, stiffness / lameness, eye disorders, skin or hoof problems, liver disease and Cushing?s disease (PPID).

Penbode Equine Vets are experienced in the recognition of the early signs of the underlying conditions and we will work with you to instigate a management plan tailor-made for your horse or pony.

Conditions such as infections, anaemia, protein loss, liver and kidney disease can be screened for in a routine blood test which can be run in our practice laboratory.

We advise that all senior horses receive a routine health check during the autumn/winter months to monitor and help prevent the development of problems.

Book a Senior Horse Health Check for your old friend and make sure they?re prepared for winter.


Penbode Equine Vets Senior Horse Health Check
Over a number of years we have run our Senior Horse Health Check scheme. This has proven to be so popular that we are offering the scheme again from 16 November to 31 January 2021.
For just £75 +VAT (better than half price saving!)
your horse will receive the following:
? A thorough exam of general health, heart and lungs
? Examination of the eyes with an opthalmoscope
? Straight line trot up
? Dental examination (the teeth can be rasped for our standard fee)
? Routine haematology and biochemistry blood test*

*additional blood can be taken for a Cushing's test if required. There may be a lab fee to process this

Rising from the ashes and our Autumn online event

We're back - well we never really went away!

Click here to read about how we have 'Risen from the ashes' following a fire in our Holsworthy clinic in November 2019 and how you can join our first ever live online presentation.

Equine vaccination 'Amnesty' and The New Normal


We are pleased to be able to offer an 'amnesty' to help restart equine vaccinations that lapsed during the lockdown period (March 16th to May 17th).

The second vaccination of the primary course (whether flu, flu and tetanus or tetanus only) will be FREE. Our standard visit charges will apply.

The amnesty period will end on Friday 17th July 2020, so call the practice now to avoid disappointment!



We continue to work with the safety of our clients, our vets and the general public as our main priority.
We are finding that we can now offer most of our regular services. Sometimes this involves a little lateral thinking ? always after a thorough risk assessment.

Please give us a call to see how we can safely treat your horse.

Tel: Holsworthy: 01409 255549 / Lamerton: 01822 613838 / Okehampton: 01837 506070

2020 Worm Control Scheme

Join our worm control scheme

Random worming of horses without a prior redworm faecal worm egg count is now considered undesirable because a) many horses don?t need worming b) it has led to a major problem with drug-resistant worms. 

Our very popular Worm Control Scheme takes the guesswork out of worming. We supply you with two sampling packs for each horse with full instructions. Faeces samples are taken a) in mid-May to early June and b) August and sent to the lab in a postage paid envelope. The results come to us and are interpreted by one of our vets, and we then contact you with our advice ? which may be that no treatment is required! 

The pack also includes a tapeworm treatment for each horse, which we suggest is given in July. 

The cost is £37 per horse (including VAT) plus postage & packing at £1.25. This pays for two counts and one tapeworm treatment. Due to Covid-19 restrictions clients are unable to come and collect the packs from either of our branches. However we are still able to send you the complete kit for each horse, with the sample bags labelled with the horse?s name and when to sample. 

Call Holsworthy 01409 255549 or Tavistock 01822 613838.

Payment must be made at the time of ordering 
Orders must be received by Monday 11 May. 
We will contact you when we receive the results

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