Newsletter – December 2016

hollyMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our clients and patients!  -PDF link December 2016 News

Winter Evening Talks

Our series of winter talks are fast approaching and we hope that you can join us for some informative and entertaining evenings with food and drink provided! These evenings are free of charge to our clients and their friends and family, however spaces must be reserved please by calling 01271 879516.

Rio Paralympic Games 2016: Behind the scenes at the Olympic Equestrian Park.
Georgina Crossman will be giving a presentation about her time in Brazil as Sports Info Desk Lead, giving an insight into the running of the Rio Paralympic Games.
@ Barnstaple Rugby Club EX31 1JH, 7pm

Laminitis & Equine Cushings Disease
Up to date information on the causes of laminitis, focusing on Equine Cushings Disease.
@ Charter Veterinary Hospital, Roundswell EX31 3FG, 7pm

Protecting Your Horse From Disease
The principles of disease control, including good yard management, individual and herd vaccination.
@ Charter Veterinary Hospital, Roundswell EX31 3FG, 7pm

Respiratory Disease—’Equine Asthma’
Up to date information on equine inflammatory airway disease, previously know as RAO/ COPD etc!
@ Charter Veterinary Hospital, Roundswell EX31 3FG, 7pm

We shall be running a prize draw across all of our evening events to raise money for World Horse Welfare. Tickets will be available to buy on the night and prizes include rugs, saddle pads and a first aid kit.  Don’t miss out!  whw


Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Rodliff!

Last month we celebrated the marriage of equine vet Jennifer Green to Maximilian Rodliff. They enjoyed a honeymoon in Bali   before returning to a slightly colder Devon!  We wish them all the best for the future.


The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust—Bit Appeal

 We are pleased to be supporting the appeal, and will be collecting unwanted bits to send to the Trust for shipping out to The Gambia. They see many horrific mouth injuries that can be prevented by using an appropriate bit, rather than rope or wire.

We will be collecting bits at each of our evening talks, or you are welcome to drop into your nearest branch surgery for the attention of Mullacott Equine Hospital.

Blood Tests for the Older Horseblood

Is your horse entering their twilight years? On long term medication? As horses age it is important to keep them up to date on vaccinations and to perform regular health and dental checks to assess their overall wellbeing.

A routine blood sample is a valuable tool in identifying mild or early problems such as liver disease and some intestinal diseases or simply providing reassurance about your horse’s health. Although it is rare to see problems with long term use of anti-inflammatory medications, blood samples can be useful in monitoring your horse’s health during treatment. If problems are detected early then treatment, management and dietary changes can be implemented.

Winter Worming

As we are entering our cold winter months it is vital to consider our horse’s winter worm treatment. If not given already we advise an Equest treatment now for all horses, ponies and donkeys, with the inclusion of a tape wormer (Equest Pramox) if this hasn’t been covered since the previous winter.   If you would rather not treat straight away for tapeworm, we can supply an EquiSal™ saliva test, which may show that a tapeworm treatment is in fact unnecessary.


We use Equest to target the encysted stage of the small red worm larvae (Cyathostome) in the gut.  These ‘hibernate’ over the winter and can undergo a mass emergence in the spring which causes grapgdevastating and often fatal disease.  The encysted larvae are not detectable by worm egg count, and so this winter treatment is essential to prevent infection.

Don’t forget our Targeted Worming Programme which includes all worm treatments that your horse requires throughout the year, and utilises worm egg counts during the spring/summer to avoid any unnecessary treatments. As a result of our popular scheme almost 80% of horses did not require a routine roundworm treatment during 2016.  For more information, or any advice on worming your horse please speak to one of the team.







Newsletter – December 2016

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