Keeping Britain's Horses Healthy

A healthy horse is a happy horse. Join the campaign and help keep yours and Britain's horses healthy. Be part of a national community that brings together the horse owner,yard owner and vet, to ensure best equine healthcare practices are shared and adopted.


Many horses will suffer silently from dental disease, so it’s important to have regular check-ups to ensure their mouth is healthy. If you spot any of the following signs your horse could be experiencing dental problems:

  • Smelly breath
  • Quidding - dropping partially chewed food
  • Reduced appetite/difficulty eating/slow eating
  • Food packing within cheeks
  • Poorly digested food in droppings
  • Weight loss



Why should you vaccinate your horse?

  • To prevent the spread of disease
  • To prevent unnecessary suffering and potential death
  • To prevent additional unplanned expenses – costs of treatment can far outweigh the costs of vaccination
  • To prevent loss of use – a sick horse should not be ridden or exercised until it has completely recovered
  • To prevent yard closures and sporting cancellations – horse movements on a yard may have to be restricted or cancelled if a horse is diagnosed with an infectious disease


Ensure you target specific worms with an effective product at the correct time of year and use Faecal Worm Egg Count testing during the main grazing season (April to September) to identify which horses need a wormer during this period


For further information on any of the above please contact us on 01568 612266 to access free booklets on horse dental care, worming or vaccinations please click here



**Update on new Avian Flu Prevention Zone**

The government has introduced a new Avian Flu Prevention Zone which applies to the whole of England, including small backyard flocks. This follows Avian Flu cases being confirmed in wild birds in South Dorset and Warwickshire in the last few days. The order does not require you to house birds as yet, but instead make their environment less attractive to wild birds (e.g. keep food and water out of access of wild birds) and to increase your biosecurity procedures.

For further information please visit the website below.



Join us for the World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Come along and join us on Friday 29th September from 9.30am to 11.30am at our Leominster surgery to raise money for the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Raising money for this worthwhile cause can help make a huge difference to people affected by cancer and will help to fund Macmillan nurses, provide information about cancer, help with financial support, like grants and advice, fund the Macmillan Support Line and helping the Macmillan nurses be there when people need them the most.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!



Congratulations to newly qualified Jan Thompson!

We would like to say a very big congratulations to our student Jan Thompson who last week passed all her exams and is now a Qualified Animal nursing assistant! Well done Jan we know how hard you worked!

Sunday 10 September 2017


Pet owners warned of risks of cheap jerky treats

Pet owners in the UK are being warned about the potential risks of feeding their pets cheap jerky treats.

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) have set up an online registry following 25 confirmed cases of pets in the USA, Canada and Australia which had developed Fanconi Syndrome after eating low-quality jerky treats. Clinical signs of Fanconi Syndrome include; vomiting, lethargy, anorexia, polyuria, polydipsia and weight loss. The clinical course, treatment and outcome of Fanconi Syndrome are variable and there can be many causes of the disorder. Many dogs who have developed the disorder from eating the jerky will recover once they stop eating the treats.

In its annual report the VPIS found that the treats originated from various countries, the most common being China (59%). The retail source of the treats was unknown in most cases, although pet owners are advised to be cautious of cheap treats sold at high street retailers.

The FDA is continuing to investigate potential causes of Fanconi Syndrome, but after extensive tests the cause of the disorder associated with jerky ingestion remains unknown.

If you notice that your pet is unwell following ingestion of jerky treats, you should contact us for advice. Symptoms you may notice might include: vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased appetite, decreased activity and increased drinking or urination.

Please be aware of the risks involved in feeding your pets this type of treat; you should give them sparingly, and should avoid any cheap brands on the high street or online.


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