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  • Common dog eye problems Image

    Common dog eye problems

    20 March 2017 - By in Pet Care

    Dog eye complaints are common place in a vets consulting room. This is largely due to the vast array of eye complaints dogs can suffer from. All breeds of dogs, and at any age, can be affected with many types of eye problems, each with differing forms of severity. Although, certain dog breeds are more prone to different eye conditions than others.S...

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  • What should you have in your horse's first aid kit? Image

    It is useful to put together a first aid kit to keep on the yard. A basic first aid kit should contain the items most likely to be needed to treat an injury or ailment, along with contact numbers for your vet, insurance company and transporters (if relevant). The essential items you should include are listed below: A clean bowl A small pair of b...

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    Equine Grass Sickness: Most horse owners will now be aware of Equine Grass Sickness (EGS). But for those that aren't, Grass Sickness is a disease that results in intestinal paralysis. The clinical signs are dullness, depression, inappetence, colic, patchy sweating, muscle tremors, increased heart rate, dribbling saliva, and decreased faecal output,...

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    Caring for an Ex-Racehorse

    22 December 2016 - By in Pet Care

    Ex-racehorses are now becoming very popular as riding horses owing to their athletic and intelligent nature. They tend to be well handled and are usually good to load, travel, shoe and clip. Often they are used to hacking to the gallops and are very good in traffic. However they do need good care and attention to maintain a healthy horse so should...

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  • Tips to protect your horse from Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) Image

    In light of the recent Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) 1 outbreaks in the UK we have put together a list of steps to help protect your own and other horses from the virus. If your yard is free from disease then it should not stop you going out competing or to events, but be extra vigiliant with biosecurity. What is EHV? Equine Herpes Virus is ubiquitous...

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  • Safe travel for horses over long distances Image

    We all know the principles of travelling our horses short distances – putting on travel boots, tying horses securely, hanging a hay net, making sure lorries or trailers are roadworthy, and giving the horses a smooth ride. However, more and more horses are travelling longer distances within the UK and often abroad. The longer the distance the...

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    Hayfever in horses

    10 August 2016 - By in Pet Care

    Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) is most often seen in horses during the winter months as an allergy to dust in their stables. However, it can present in some horses during the summer in a similar way to asthma in people. The condition is characterized by airway narrowing and inflammation, as well as mucus production in response to allergens - th...

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  • Clean sport: Rio 2016 Image

    Drug testing is a hot topic going into the Rio 2016 Olympics and the equestrian sports are no exception. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale, FEI) is the international governing body of equestrian sports and they have a code of conduct designed to protect the welfare of horses...

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    Dental health in horses

    26 July 2016 - By in Pet Care

    This week VioVet said a warm welcome to vet Sophie Wilkinson who joins our team excited for a new challenge. Sophie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and has been working in equine practice for the past five years. With two dogs and two horses of her own, plus a veterinary degree under her belt, Sophie is perfectly placed to advis...

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