Spring 2012 Microchips? Don’t leave it until the last minute! Remember your new foal needs a microchip before 31st December or within 6 months of birth (whichever is later).
Clipping? Still winter-woolly and too hot to get competition fit? Scared of clippers? Before sedation can be used, your horse’s heart must be checked by a vet.
There are 2 products that can be given without the vet present when used, if a health check has been done.
Ask for more details.
Horses teeth continue to erupt into old age, so the way they wear down is very important to ensure they can continue to eat properly.
For most horses an annual check up is sufficient so why not book in for a dental exam with your annual booster? We can also use our power float for more tricky teeth problems!* *sedation is required when using the power float. Not shifting that winter wi coat? Is there a medical reason…? Pars Pituitary Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), or ‘Cushings’ is a problem seen mostly in horses over the age of 15, although it is possible to occur sooner.
The typical symptoms of not losing the winter coat, curly cur brittle hairs, ‘puffy’ eyes, sweating, increased thirst and bouts of laminitis for ‘no apparent reason’ are seen due to an a increase in production of their own internal steroids.
Steroids We can use daily medication dication to help keep this over-production over under control.
Contro ‘Prascend’ has now been licensed for use in horses.
A blood test is required to confirm PPID and regular checks are needed to ensure the correct dosage is given.
Once under control, many owners see their horse or pony have ‘a new lease of life’ and some patients can continue on medication happily for many years.
Without medication, over time, these horses will have worsened wor symptoms and muscle lossloss eventually euthanasia is often the kindest option.
So if your horse is showing any signs, then call and we w can examine your horse to find out if PPID might be likely and test to see if medication is required. Equine Metabolic Syndrome Equine Metabolic Syndrome, or EMS, is a recently-recognised recently problem that occurs in overweight ponies and horses.
They may have a ‘cresty’ ‘cresty appearance or uneven fat distribution, poor quality hoof production, bouts of laminitis ‘for no reason’.
The symptoms are due to a high resting level of insulin.
The animals can be blood tested for high levels of insulin to confirm the condition, ideally after overnight starving, but a haynet h can be given in the evening.
High insulin alone has several mechanisms for causing laminitis.
Treatment is focussed at a combination of exercise and diet-based diet weight loss.
Medication is available to help to decrease decreas insulin production and increase the body’s sensitivity to the insulin produced.
This helps to reduce the risk of further laminitic episodes during the time taken to achieve the weight loss required to return the insulin production back to normal func function.
Blood tests are done at regular intervals to check the progress and to ensure the pony is out of the ‘danger zone’.
If it is not possible to wean off the medication, then medication can be life-long.
Life Chestnut Lodge Clinic– Save the visit fee and bring your horse to us! (Check with your vet that your horse is fit to travel) Foaling Time! As more and more little ones hit the ground there is much to think about– from colostrum colo and clean umbilical cords, to the mare’s health and whether to breed again? It is essential to ensure the foal receives sufficient colostrum in the first hours of life– if in doubt we offer quick and easy tests to check your foal has enough antibodies to help fight infection in their first weeks.
Remember that ‘type type’ and ‘purpose’ of horses bred is vital for their futures so take your time when making the decision to breed.
If breeding is the right thing for you and your mare, we can offer reproductive advice including fertility scans and hormone treatment to help give you the most successful outcome.
Once in foal we are happy to do further pregnancy scans to monitor the progress of the foal.
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