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Virbac's guide to understanding pinworm

Oct 29th, 2015 - By Verity Beaton in Pet Care

It is frequently reported that Oxyuris equi, more commonly known as pinworm, can be seen in horse dung even after treatment. There are regular postings on equine forums on the subject which are often inaccurate or ill-informed, and there can be a tendency to blame wormer resistance for the problem. This article aims to describe the lifecycle of the...

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Top tips for clipping

Oct 1st, 2015 - By Verity Beaton in Pet Care

As we come into winter, you will probably find that your horse's coat needs clipping. When a horse is worked with a full coat, it gets uncomfortably warm, sweats more and takes longer to dry after exercise. Depending on the breed of horse and the thickness of its coat, you may well need to clip him fairly often! For safe and effective clipping, fol...

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Equine Cushing's Disease (PPID)

Sep 14th, 2015 - By Verity Beaton in Pet Care

‘Equine Cushing's Disease’ is a common hormonal disease of horses and ponies which is now known as PPID. PPID stands for ‘pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction’ which refers to the part of the brain which is affected by the condition. The ‘dysfunction’ describes increased hormone output from the pituitary gland a...

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Hickstead + VioVet + Equitop Myoplast promises to be an excellent combination!

Jun 16th, 2015 - By Verity Beaton in Events

Hickstead showground is a premier, family-run equestrian venue first opened in 1960 by Douglass Bunn. On the 24th - 28th June 2015 the iconic Hickstead Derby Meeting is held. It is one of the most notable showjumping competitions in the world, with famous riders travelling from all over to take part. Horses competing at Hickstead will have had mont...

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Managing overweight equines

May 13th, 2015 - By Verity Beaton in Pet Care

As we all know, being overweight is just as serious as being underweight and this is no different in horses. Carrying excess weight puts extra strain on joints and ligaments as well the major organs. Obese horses and ponies are much more likely to develop conditions such as laminitis, insulin resistance and equine metabolic disorder. If you read ou...

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Riding Hat Rules - Update

May 7th, 2015 - By Verity Beaton in Pet Care

Riding Hat Safety With much talk in the press recently about hat safety standards we are here to dispel the myths around the EN1384 standard. EN1384 standard hats ARE still a perfectly safe hat to use and protect you. If you do not compete in any competitions and your hat meets the EN1384 standard you do not need to purchase a new hat with the...

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How to correctly body condition score your horse

Apr 24th, 2015 - By Verity Beaton in Pet Care

Knowing the weight of your horse is important when it comes to worming and following feeding guides on the back of feed bags but your horse’s weight doesn’t tell you whether he is too fat or too thin. Two horses of the same height could weigh totally different amounts but both be in ‘good condition.' So how do you know if your hor...

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Horse & Rider Magazine Gear Guide

Apr 18th, 2015 - By Verity Beaton in Pet Care

Horse and Rider Magazine - May 2015 Issue - Gear Guide This month's Horse and Rider Magazine has a Gear Guide, featuring rider clothing. If you've seen the feature and something has caught your eye (or even if you haven't seen it!) read on to see which items we sell at VioVet. You could save £££ plus get it delivered to your door,...

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Eventing Live in the Sunshine - Barocca D'alva 2015.

Apr 1st, 2015 - By Verity Beaton in Events

VioVet Supported Rider Catriona Kerruish updates us on her adventures eventing in the sunshine - Barocca D'alva 2015! Well, we made it to Portugal and what an amazing trip it was!!! We set off early Friday morning for our 4 day drive to Portugal. Things didn't quite go to plan on day one, but needless to say with some awesome map reading from super...

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