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Care of the senior horse equine talks - November 2016

Penbode Equine Vets ever popular autumn series of talks will focus on the 'Care of the Senior
Horse'. With four dates around the region in November we're sure there'll be one near you. Make sure you purchase your ticket in advance. These talks are always popular and space is limited. 

FREE Hog roast & vet guided tour of our new facilities with Penbode Equine vets

Penbode Equine invite you to our FREE Hog roast and Open Evening in Holsworthy.

 

Wed 20 July from 7:00pm in Holsworthy

 

Come and take a vet guided tour of our new surgical and diagnostic facilities at Holsworthy & enjoy a FREE Hog roast!

 

To reserve your FREE place(s), please call us on 01822613838, 01837506070 or 01409255549

 

Or mail us on equine@penbodevets.co.uk / eqwest@penbodevets.co.uk

 

Whilst we have ample space for turning and parking your horsebox should you need to visit us with your horse, for this Open Evening please park in the nearby car parks to avoid congestion!

 


Concerned about the risk of Gastric Ulcers to your horse?

Diagnosis & treatment of Gastric Ulcers will be discussed by Richard Hepburn BVSc MS(Hons) CertEM(IntMed) DipACVIM MRCVS and Penbode Equine vets, with a specific focus on prevention & treatment strategies.

 

Sources have indicated that up to 50% of leisure horses & foals have shown to have gastric ulcers with a range of severity, with this rising to over 60% in competition horses & around 80-90% of racehorses.

 

Wednesday 29th Jun 2016, 7:00pm for 7:15pm

Holsworthy Memorial Hall, Holsworthy

 

 

Tickets in advance only £7, including discussion & a subsidised 2 course meal.

 

To purchase your tickets call 01822613838 / 01837506070 / 01409255549

 

To save you time, you can now make your main meal choice when securing your place:

 

Lasagne OR Vegetarian Lasagne, salad & garlic bread

 

www.penbodevets.co.uk/equine-vets-devon.php


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Are you concerned about sweet itch, sarcoids, melanomas, mud fever or rain scald?

Diagnosis & prevention of skin problems such as sweet itch, sarcoids, melanomas, mud fever & rain scald will be discussed by Penbode Equine vets, with a specific focus on prevention & treatment strategies.

 

Tuesday 1st Mar 2016, 7:00pm for 7:15pm

The Grange Equestrian Centre, Okehampton

 

Wednesday 2nd Mar 2016, 7:00pm for 7:15pm

Tall Trees Arena, Camelford

 

Thursday 3rd Mar 2016, 7:00pm for 7:15pm

Holsworthy Memorial Hall, Holsworthy

 

Tickets in advance only £7, including discussion & a subsidised 2 course meal.

To purchase your tickets:

For Okehampton call: 01837 506 070

For Holsworthy call: 01409 255 549

For Camelford call: 01409 255 549

 

To save you time, you can now make your main meal choice when securing your place:

 

Okehampton: Chilli, cottage pie or veg pie

Camelford: Veg pasty & chips or meat pasty & chips

 

Holsworthy: Veg lasagne & garlic bread or meat lasagne & garlic bread


Strangles outbreak notification - Guidelines for horse owners from Penbode Equine vets

We have received phone calls from concerned horse owners wanting to discuss the facts about €˜Strangles€™.  Although I am sure you will respect that we are unable to breach client confidentiality with regards to specific incidences, we want to do our best to give good advice. We hope that the following notes may be of assistance.  If you have any further questions please call Penbode Equine vets or EqWest Equine vets on 01409 255549 / 01822 613838 / 01837 506070.


What is the causing agent of €˜Strangles€™?
A bacteria called Streptococcus equi equi.


What is the incubation period?
This is variable. Typically this is 2-21 days.


How is it transmitted?
Typically this is by contact with nasal discharges or with material from burst abscesses. This can be by direct nose to nose contact of horses, or via water troughs or mangers. It is also easily spread by contaminated clothing and utensils.

Up to 10% of previously infected horses can be €˜silent carriers€™: they shed contagious bacteria into the environment without actually showing any clinical signs of disease.


What are the clinical signs?
The classical signs are an increased rectal temperature (greater than 38.5 degrees C), loss of appetite, depression and cough. As the infection progresses, a thick creamy nasal discharge can develop, as well as pain, swelling and abscess formation of the lymph nodes in the jaw (sub-mandibular) or throat (parotid) areas. Young animals are most susceptible.


Milder signs such as short term fever, dullness, loss of appetite and mild nasal discharge are increasingly common and may also be evidence of a previous or ongoing infection.


On rare occasions Strangles can lead to life-threatening conditions such as a spread of bacteria in the blood stream (€˜Bastard€™ strangles), or inflammation of the blood vessels with swelling (oedema) and/ or small areas of bleeding in the limbs, sheath, gums and eyes.

 

How is it diagnosed?


There are several methods for detecting the bacteria:

  • nasopharyngeal (deep throat) swabs,

  • Swabs of material from abscesses,

  • Collection of a sample from the guttural pouches with an endoscope (guttural pouch lavage).

     

Blood tests can also be used to detect raised or rising antibodies.

 

It is important to note some of these tests are better than others and that none are 100% accurate, some giving false negative results. Depending on the stage of the disease and on the type of clinical sign shown, several different tests may occasionally need to be run over a few days in order to get an accurate diagnosis.


What is the treatment?


This is based around nursing care and anti-inflammatory medication.

Hot packs can encourage abscess bursting and drainage. Cleaning and flushing of ruptured abscesses will speed the resolution.
Antibiotic treatment may be appropriate in some but not all cases.

 

Following recovery, a guttural pouch lavage should be performed to confirm complete recovery, as up to 10% of apparently recovered horses can continue carrying and shedding this bacteria silently for months or years.


What is the prevention?
Strict biosecurity policies:

  • Quarantine new horses for three weeks prior to entry to the main yard.
  • Discuss with your vet the value of ensuring that new horses have a blood test in the week preceding entry into the main yard.
  • Discuss with your vet the value of routine screening blood tests of horses already on the yard to identify carriers.

What do you do if an outbreak is confirmed or strongly suspected?

·         Prevent horses leaving or entering the yard until you have spoken to your vet.  

  • alert all visitors to the yard.

·         Speak to your vet to help institute a barrier nursing and isolation protocol for your yard.

·          If unclear, investigate the source of infection.

 

·       Refer to HBLB Strangles guidelines in the Codes of Practice ( https://codeshblb.org.uk ) and Strategy To Eradicate and Prevent Strangles (STEPS at https://www.strangles.org/ .

 
Although there is a vaccine available in the UK, it should not be used in the face of an outbreak. It can however be used as part of strangles prevention strategy. If you are interested, we recommend a yard risk assessment be performed at your yard.

 

If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact Penbode Equine vets or EqWest Equine vets, Holsworthy 01409 255549 / Okehampton 01837 506070 / Tavistock 01822 613838, www.penbodevets.co.uk/news.php
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