Whilst Dr Polsen is in the USA, she will be taking possession of an Inertial Sensor System or commonly known as a Lameness Locator. This will be the first and only one of its kind in Australia. The Lameness Locator is non invasive technology that utilises small, wireless body mounted sensors giving the veterinarian information on the amplitude of the of the lameness, limb or limbs involved and the stage of the motion cycle at which the peak pain is occurring. The Lameness Locator will be used as the objective measure for the Regeneus Stem Cell research work Dr Tony Batterham will be conducting here at Quipolly this year. For more information visit www.equinosis.com or contact our clinic. COMING UP AT QUIPOLLY EQUINE…………. Quipolly Equine Centre will be hosting an Equine Dental seminar in July with the date yet to be confirmed. We are encouraging all horse owners to attend this event. Dr Shannon Lee, regarded as one of Australia’s leading equine dental veterinarians, will be conducting this informative session. Details of the seminar will be included in our next newsletter. If you would like to register your interest prior please call our office on 0467 462 088. In our next Newsletter: • • • • Dental Seminar with Dr Shannon Lee 2013 Breeding Season preparation Report from Dr Leanne Polsen’s trip to Weatherford, Texas Staff Profile: Jessica Schofield – Vet Nurse EQUINE FACT SHEET VACCINATIONS TETANUS AND STRANGLES All horses should be vaccinated against Tetanus and Strangles – Ideally you should commence a vaccination program on foals at 3 months of age. To ensure maximum coverage for both Tetanus and Strangles animals should be given a course of three injections over a six week period. Initial injection -‐ Equivac 2 in 1 2 weeks later -‐ Equivac Strangles 2 weeks later – Equivac 2 in 1 Once the animal has completed this 6 week program they will need to be given a Yearly Booster of 2 in 1 to ensure coverage. TETANUS Tetanus is a horrible bacterial disease and is fatal in 80% of cases. The organism lives in soil and manure and thrives in deep wounds where oxygen supply is limited. Puncture wounds are the ideal site for tetanus to start. Signs will not be instant – first sign can be anywhere from 1-‐3 weeks, and the horse will exhibit an unusual resting stance. As the tetanus organism Clostridium tetani produces a powerful nerve toxin, it causes strong muscle cramps of many muscles in the body. It is an agonising death for animals that are unlucky enough to get the disease. Those that do survive the disease require intensive care, tube feeding, powerful sedatives and muscle relaxants. Horses that have an open wound should be given an Equivac antitoxin injection. This will provide short term protection against the disease. STRANGLES Unfortunately vaccinating against strangles is not fully immunising your horse against the disease, however if your horse is in situations where it may be exposed to the disease and it is unlucky enough to get it, the vaccination will reduce the risk and lessen the severity of the disease. Strangles is transmitted from horse to horse, and is common on studs where horses are constantly moving between farms, showgrounds are another common place to put a horse at risk of the disease. It is always advisable to use your own water and feed buckets to reduce any risk of infection from public water troughs when out and about with your horse. Other vaccinations that are available for horses include: • • • Equine Herpes Virus Salmonella Hendra Vaccine. If you would like more information on these vaccinations please contact Quipolly Equine Centre and speak to our Staff.
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