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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 6:13pm

Winter Respiratory Disease - Causes

The wintery weather often affects our horses’ respiratory health just as it can affect us.  Generally over winter horses are stabled for longer periods of time which can mean they may be exposed to increased levels of airborne dust and other irritants.  This can result in airway irritation and trigger an inflammatory response, resulting in coughing, wheezing, nasal discharge or reduced exercise tolerance.

To reduce the impact...

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 6:03pm

What is “Mud Fever”?

‘Mud Fever’ is a common skin condition usually affecting the legs of a horse, typically the heels and pasterns.  Most commonly seen during wet winter conditions, Mud Fever, which is also known as greasy heel, cracked heels or scratches, is more correctly termed Pastern Dermatitis. 

Pastern Dermatitis is caused by bacteria including Staphylococcus and Dermatophylus species.  These bacteria live on the healthy skin of horses without causing a...

Friday, 22 December 2017 - 3:26pm

This New Year sees us trying to help out our arthritic and uncomfortable older, limping and creaky companions.

We would like to share with you our arthritis campaign, running between January and March.  As part of this, we would like to offer a FREE arthritis check; including running through a structured questionnaire that’s been revolutionary in investigating arthritis through a standard approach, but also a general catch up to explore how your...

Thursday, 21 December 2017 - 3:20pm

First aid is the first treatment given when presented with an injury or traumatic episode.  We all hope that our pets will never be in this situation where it is needed, however, the preparation of a first aid kit and some tips on how to handle situations may make dealing with an emergency much easier.

Basic first aid kit

Here is a list of some useful items to include in your first aid kit:-

  • Thin rubber/latex gloves
  • Cotton wool
  • ...
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 10:21am

This year we are providing a set of three Winter meetings, with each one being held twice in different locations.

The first in this series focuses on fertility, the effects of transition cow management and treatments for problem cows.  This evening meeting is coming to a pub near you in January and will be held by Ruth and Ingrid.

Our second...

Saturday, 16 December 2017 - 4:52pm

1. Try and keep Christmas decorations out of reach of pets, nibbling on tinsel, glass ornaments and lights could prove fatal.

2. Foods to be avoided include chocolate, grape products, onions and bones.

3. Seasonal plants like poinsettias, holly and mistletoe are toxic to pets if eaten.

4. Make sure your pet has a safe and quiet place to retreat to if things get a bit noisy, as they can easily get distressed.

5. And finally although it's a cliché, remember a dog is...

Friday, 15 December 2017 - 4:54pm

From loud parties to a few too many leftovers, veterinary surgeries up and down the country will see a rise in admissions over the festive period.

Marie Kemmish, senior small animal vet at St Boniface Veterinary Clinic highlights a few areas where taking extra care can ensure owners keep their pets healthy and safe this Christmas.

If you are throwing a party remember that loud music, Christmas crackers and big crowds, can prove distressing for pets if they’re not used to it....

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 - 10:50am

Friday 22nd Dec           8:30am - 6:30pm

Saturday 23rd Dec        8:30am - 1:00pm

Sunday 24th Dec          EMERGENCIES ONLY

Monday 25th Dec         EMERGENCIES ONLY

Tuesday 26th Dec        EMERGENCIES ONLY

Wednesday 27th Dec   8.30am - 6:30pm

Thursday 28th Dec       8:30am - 6:30pm

Friday 29th Dec            8:30am - 6:30pm

Saturday 30th Dec        8:30am...

Friday, 1 December 2017 - 4:56pm

Copper Deficiency

Pure deficiency is very rare, as a ewe’s requirement is only 1mgCu/kg DM. However, there are several elements that can antagonise copper and these change the picture significantly.  Iron and sulphur will bind with copper in the rumen, this copper can’t be absorbed and passes out in dung, it is rare to get clinical signs of copper deficiency due to high iron levels but it can worsen the effect of molybdenum.

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Friday, 1 December 2017 - 4:53pm

Copper Toxicity

Sheep are far more susceptible to the effects of copper toxicity than cattle, in addition, there is variation between sheep breeds in how sensitive they are, see table below:

Unfortunately, the main sign of copper toxicity is sudden death so you don’t get any warning that a problem is coming.  The typical situation for problems, is sheep receiving copper from more than one source i.e. boluses, licks /...

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