A miracle for Maisie!

Maise’s owners called us concerned as Maisie had a temperature and was off her feed. Our vet Justine went out to examine her and recommended taking a blood sample. Her blood results showed damage to her kidneys requiring urgent treatment.

An ultrasound image of Maisie’s right kidney showing the abnormal area suspected to be an abscess.

Maisie travelled to our Mullacott practice and was placed on intensive fluids and intravenous antibiotics. Justine performed further blood tests and a full abdominal scan and identified an abnormality in her right kidney, suspected to be an accumulation of pus (pyelonephritis) causing acute kidney failure. This is a serious and very rare condition in horses.

The entire Mullacott team worked hard to provide high quality intensive care 24/7 for Maisie who was discharged from hospital one week later!

Justine returned to see Maisie after a week at home to check her progress. She was pleased to report completely normal blood results and over the moon to see a very happy Maisie.

This was an excellent outcome for what can be an incredibly difficult condition to treat.

Maisie was as good as gold throughout her entire stay at Mullacott and we are delighted to see her doing so well.

North Devon RC The evening of 13th April saw Mullacott opening its doors to welcome North Devon Riding Club for a tour of its facilities and to meet some of the team!

After an introduction by Dr Jennifer Rodliff everyone split into smaller groups which rotated each area of the practice where our team of vets

& vet techs talked through how we conduct faecal egg counts, a look at our theatre and some of the equipment that we use when patients come in for treatment.

There was the opportunity to ask lots of questions and the evening finished with drinks and nibbles! It was lovely to have the chance to chat in an informal setting and we will be planning future events so keep your eyes peeled on our social media!

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Its our Birthday!

To mark the occasion we would like to invite you to celebrate with us at Woolsery Show (25th July), North Devon Show (3rd August) & Holsworthy Show (25th August).

We would love to welcome you at our stand and raise a glass to the past 10 years and look forward to the next!

Take the worry out of worming with one of the most successful veterinary led worming packages in the UK!

Research shows that up to 90% of worm treatments may be unnecessary and that over-worming is contributing to the rise of wormer resistance.

At Torch Equine Vets, we’ve prevented over 3500 unnecessary worm treatments in the last five years

This graph demonstrates that around 80% of samples from 2021 were below our treatment threshold of 350 eggs per gram.

Most horses as a result are only wormed once a year.

To find out about our Targeted Worming Programme speak to our equine team.

Full membership onto the Targeted Worming Programme is included for all Equine Total Healthcare Plans!

Torch Vets is supporting Strangles Awareness Week (2-8 May) which is a national week of action to raise awareness and inspire healthy habits that reduce risk of infection. In 2022 it’s all about taking resting temperature!

This year, owners are being asked to take the ‘Temperature Check Challenge’ by taking their horse’s resting temperature each day & inputting the reading into a free online checker to help them get to know their horse’s normal range – something that fluctuates by a fraction of a degree through the day. A high temperature is an early warning sign that your horse may have been infected with

strangles – and will become infectious to other horses – so getting to know what your horse’s

‘normal temperature, and variation, is could prevent an outbreak.

Strangles is the most commonly diagnosed equine infectious disease worldwide with around 600 cases reported in the UK every year. Symptoms of the contagious respiratory illness range from high fever, thick nasal discharge, depression, cough, painful abscesses, laboured breathing and difficulty eating. In severe cases, strangles can pose a risk to the horse’s life.

Don’t have a thermometer? No problem!

Give us a call and pick one up in your local practice for just £7.28