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  • A vet view of Equine Cushing's Disease Image

    A vet view of Equine Cushing's Disease

    16 June 2021 Last updated: 28 June 2021 - By in Horses

    Equine Cushing’s Disease is also known as Pars Pituitary Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID). This means that the inhibitory function of the pituitary gland at the base of the brain is lost resulting in excess production of the normal hormones. This is shown by raised ACTH which circulates in the blood to the adrenal glands and causes excess cortis...

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  • A vet guide to laminitis Image

    A vet guide to laminitis

    10 May 2021 Last updated: 6 May 2022 - By in Horses

    As the weather warms up and the spring grass is growing laminitis is a serious concern for many horse, pony and donkey owners at this time of year. What is laminitis? Laminitis is essentially inflammation of the laminae in the foot that interlock to suspend the pedal bone in the hoof capsule. This inflammation causes damage to the laminae leading t...

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    Christmas Horse Care Top Tips

    24 November 2020 Last updated: 12 October 2023 - By in Horses

    All horsey folk know that owning horses is not just a hobby but a lifestyle. Horses require care 365 days a year, including over christmas. Whilst Christmas is a time for eating, drinking, spending time with family (and your horse!) we must consider the safest way for them to enjoy the festivities too. Here are my top tips to keep everyone feeling...

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    Treating Minor Horse Wounds

    30 November 2018 - By in Pet Care

    Dealing with minor cuts and abrasions is a common occurence for most horse owners. The first step is assessing the wound. It can be useful to clip or trim the hair from around the wound in order to better see the extent of the injury. It will also prevent contamination of the wound and reduce the risk of infection. If the wound is near/over a joint...

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  • Identifying thorns in the paw pad Image

    Identifying thorns in the paw pad

    17 September 2018 Last updated: 6 October 2022 - By in Pet Care

    It is very common for dogs to get thorns or other sharp objects stuck in their paw when out on a walk or in the garden. If you notice your dog go acutely lame, not bear any weight at all on one leg or start chewing at his paw, then this is the most likely cause. How To Find The Thorn/s A thorn in your dog's pad can be very painful and he may be ups...

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    Foot abscesses

    13 September 2018 - By in Veterinary Matters

    Foot abscesses or "pus in the foot" are one of the most common causes of lameness in horses, ponies and donkeys, particularly during warm, wet weather. They can be very sudden in onset and are usually very painful. Foot abscesses tend to be caused by bacteria tracking up the hoof wall or under the sole through weaknesses in the white line (where th...

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  • Renal care for pets & horses Image

    Healthy kidneys are responsible for many different tasks most importantly filtering the blood of toxins and excreting them in urine. If the kidneys are not functioning properly then this can result in a variety of problems. Any condition which stops the kidneys performing properly is referred to as kidney or renal disease. It means some damage has...

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  • Choosing the right hoof supplement Image

    Choosing the right hoof supplement

    5 July 2017 Last updated: 19 January 2024 - By in Pet Care

    Hoof supplements are widely used within the equine community- we've all heard the saying "No Hoof, No Horse". Weak hoof structure leads to hoof wall problems such as quarter cracks, toe cracks, sand cracks, brittle hoof walls and hoof wall separation. These hoof wall defects often create an environment ideal for bacteria associated with white line...

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  • Equine Digestive Supplements Image

    Equine Digestive Supplements

    3 May 2017 Last updated: 21 July 2021 - By in Pet Care

    Good digestive health is essential to your horse's overall wellness and performance. The horse's gut is populated by billions of beneficial or "good" bacteria and protozoa - particularly in the colon and caecum of the hindgut. These organisms ferment the fibre (grass, hay etc) that horses eat. A key product of fermentation in the hindgut is volatil...

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  • Stomach problems in cats Image

    As with dogs, mild stomach upsets in cats are not uncommon. Typically a sudden change in diet, over-eating or an intolerance to a food not usually consumed can cause stomach upsets in cats. Starving for a period of time and giving a bland diet for 7 days before transitioning back onto their normal food is recommended. However cats should not be sta...

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