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To celebrate the launch of our health plans we will be holding a free client evening on preventative health care. The client evening will be open to everyone and will be held at Usk College on 27th November, doors open at 7pm, talk starting at 730pm, refreshments provided.
For more information or to register your interest please call 01873 840069 or email email@example.com.
In view of recent local publicity Abbey Equine would like to confirm that we are still members of the independent sector, our business is wholly owned by vets who work for the practice and we are committed to keeping things this way.
We believe in providing a high standard of service and care and continue to make clinical decisions based on what is best for your horse and not be influenced by external business factors.
Seasonal Pasture Myopathy Season Approaching
Holidays – Yipee!
We are closed for the August Bank Holiday on Monday 28th Aug. However, we will still be operating emergency veterinary cover so for any URGENT matters please do not hesitate to call our emergency line 01873 852391.
Celebrating Eight Years at Llansabbath Barns!
New Equipment at Abbey Equine
Happy St Davids' Day! Spring is just around the corner!
Happy Valentines Day!
We have been overwhelmed by all the lovely pictures we have received for the calendar competition
This year again, sees this very popular awards ceremony sponsored by Pet Plan Insurance
“All good things must come to an end” and it is with great sadness we announce the retirement of our very own Rod Fisher
DON'T FORGET – Protect your horse welfare event
This show season sees us venturing out to various local shows complete with gazebo, refreshments, raffle and competitions.
Andrea Champ from Michaelchurch on winning the Three Rivers Endurance Ride with her horse Luxor!
First aid supplies –are you prepared?
Do you think your horse is suffering from gastric ulcers?
Happy Easter & St David’s’ Day! Spring is just around the corner!
Love is in the air (AI)
Now with the warmer weather approaching (we hope!) make sure you are prepared for those infuriating insects! Here at the surgery we stock a wide range of fly control products. Most products can be ordered for the following morning. So if you are bothered by bugs then give us a call!
Now summer is upon us we need to work together to ensure our horses are worm free. If your horse has been covered for both tapeworm and encysted small redworm over the spring period, we can now monitor for any strongyle eggs in faecal samples and treat accordingly. This method of worming is called ‘Targeted’ worming and we only worm when there is already a burden and this significantly reduces the threat of resistance to our classes of drugs. The test is very simple, inexpensive and is carried our very quickly at our veterinary laboratory. Please feel free to collect a sample kit from the surgery which contains everything you need, complete with instructions and information sheet.
7th-9th - Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
8th – Nurse Clinic at Hay and Brecon, Cwmbran
9th – Monmouthshire Hunt Show, Park Farm
15th – 17th – Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern
21st – 24th – Hickstead Derby Show
30th – 1st July – Chepstow Horse Trials, Chepstow Racecourse
Bumper Sticker - The winner of May’s Bumper Sticker Competition is Julie Lees. Just for displaying our car sticker Julie wins a lovely prize! Remember to display our sticker and if one of our vets spots it, you could be in for a prize!
Why not get it vetted? Would you buy a new car without getting it checked first? Give us a call and we would be pleased to discuss any requirements you may have and offer helpful advice if needed on buying a horse or pony.
Its allergy awareness month this June, allergens can enter the body in different ways and cause a variety of clinical signs. Allergies can be dermatological, respiratory, gastrointestinal and cause behavior issues. If your horse/pony is showing symptoms of itchy skin, hives, hair loss or respiratory problems please contact the clinic for veterinary and management advice.
At this time of the year fields should be kept clear of weeds, particularly ragwort. Ragwort grows from June onwards and can grow from 30-100cm high! Ragwort is one of the most common causes of poisoning in horses. Symptoms include constipation and loss of condition and appetite. During the later stages ragwort poising can cause irreversible liver damage resulting in diarrhoea, blind staggers and frequently death. Plants should be pulled up by the roots and since toxins can be absorbed through the skin, gloves should be worn. Care should be taken when disposing of the removed plants as seeds can spread easily from the flowers.
Spring has arrived at last! Please be careful with the lush grass coming through. Laminitis is a disease that causes the laminae of the hoof to die away due to poor blood flow. The exact cause of this is complex and there are many predisposing factors that can lead to laminitis. Among the most common are grain engorgement, grazing on lush pastures, Cushings and post-foaling metritis. Laminitis tends to be most common in spring, when horses are able to graze upon grasses high in soluble carbohydrates. For this reason, fat ponies can be particularly prone to the disease. A horse with laminitis will be reluctant to move and have a pottery gait. Due to the breakdown of the laminae, the pedal bone may rotate or sink within the hoof capsule, which can be seen with x-ray. Prevention of laminitis is key. Keeping your horse at a healthy weight, monitoring diet and regular farriery are all important. Vets can do more for the laminitic pony in the earlier stages of the disease, so prompt veterinary attention is a must!
Don’t forget we always have in stock foal milk, colostrum and rubber teats for feeding should you need it.
EXPERTS IN EQUINE HEALTH
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