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Protecting your horse from infectious disease

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Katy Islip, 29 July 2014 16:30

We all want to keep our horses healthy, and vaccination against four common infectious diseases would seem the obvious place to start. With horses and ponies all across the UK vulnerable to equine influenza, herpes, strangles and tetanus, it’s surprising that figures show vaccination rates may be as low as 50% for flu. To help you understand these four infectious ...

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Prevent and treat Photosensitisation

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Larissa Chapman, 16 August 2013 15:23

We speak to equine vet Nancy Homewood who tells us about the abnormal reaction, Photosensitisation, and how you can prevent and treat it. Photosensitisation is an abnormal reaction to sunlight that occurs when a ‘photodynamic agent’ such as a plant, chemical, fungi or bacteria in the skin is present in the horse’s circulation due to ingestion or absorption through the skin. ...

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Summer fly care

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Your Horse, 31 July 2013 16:19

Take a look at our top advice on how to protect your horse from flies during the summer months. Clean up your act Flies love dirty skin so ensuring that your horse is clean is a good starting point for fly prevention. Shampoos containing Tea-tree oil are great for cleaning and soothing irritated skin – try Wahl Showman Tea Tree ...

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Understanding tetanus

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Katy Islip, 22 February 2013 16:06

Infection type:  Bacterial Incubation: As little as a few hours Vaccination: Yes, usually annually or every other year   Tetanus is an infectious but not contagious condition which horses are very susceptible to. It’s caused by bacteria in soil, which enters the body through an injury such as a puncture wound. How long it takes for the infection to take ...

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Common eye problems

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Chris Dixon, 09 July 2012 09:46

Chris Dixon BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS, a veterinary ophthalmologist, gives his advice on the most common eye problems that occur in horses.   Ulcers Damage to the cornea is often referred to as an ulcer by veterinary surgeons. Minor superficial ulcers should heal within a few days, but if it becomes infected or the ulcer extends into the deeper layers of ...

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Laminitis trigger factors

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Your Horse, 13 June 2012 11:05

In addition to being overweight, there are other possible triggers of laminitis. We list what you should look out for... - A dietary ‘insult’ that has changed the fermentation in your horse’s hind gut (eg a very large meal of starch) - Badly shod feet, uneven weight bearing, or repetitive trotting on hard ground. These all affect blood flow to ...

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What to do if laminitis strikes

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Your Horse, 13 April 2012 11:28

If your horse develops laminitis, make sure you follow these pointers... 1. Laminitis is an emergency, so call your vet the moment you suspect an attack, but be wary of moving your horse if he’s in acute pain. Those delicate structures within the hoof that have been weakened may be damaged further if you force your horse to walk, so ...

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5 ways to help prevent laminitis

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Your Horse, 13 April 2012 11:12

Take a look at our advice to help your horse from developing laminitis: 1. Control your horse’s weight. Don’t think of any particular type of food as bad, but rather consider your horse’s calorie intake overall. As a rough guide, fat and oil are the highest in calories, followed by starch, grass, hay and straw, so obviously you can feed ...


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Ear mite and Sarcoids

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Richard Sutcliffe, 09 March 2012 13:59

Ear mites Many horse owners call the vet thinking their horse might have ear mites due to sensitivity around the ears or because they’re head shy. However, as vet Richard Sutcliffe explains, ear mites in horses are actually very rare. “In 22 years I’ve personally never identified a case of ear mites. Of course that’s not to say that it doesn’t ...