My horse needs to start a new course of vaccinations, what do I need to do?
We routinely vaccinate against Equine Ifluenza and Tetanus and would recommend that all horses regardless of age, activity and stable mates are vaccinated against both of these.
Your horse would require 3 vaccinations to start the course. This would involve a first vaccine with a second one given 4-6 weeks later and a third vaccine given 5-7 months after this. Your horse would then require annual boosters to remain covered.
All of these can be booked on free visit days and we offer a free dental check with all vaccines. (Any dental work required would be charged but the inital look is free)
My horse needs worming, which one do I need to use?
We annually produce a worming calendar for all of our clients. This tells us everything you need to know about worming, how to, when to and what with. You can request a copy if you haven't already received one by contacting the clinic.
We recommend routine faecal worm egg counts and targetted worming to avoid widespread and unneccesary worming. The 'Poo in the Post' kits can be either be ordered online, through the office and from the vet on the yard. We run these here at clinic and text the results through to you. If you do need to worm then one of the vets will contact you and advise which wormer is the most appropriate to use.
We also offer an annual worming kit - this combines everything you need for the year and includes four worm egg kits, 3 wormers and a calendar so you can keep track of what needs to happen.
My horse is coming into clinic, what do I need to bring?
If your horse is coming in as a day patient he/she will be placed in one of our stables for the day. If you horse is coming into clinic for lameness assessment it might be worth discussing with the vet prior to your arrival whether you need to bring along any tack. The clinic vet may want to see your horse during ridden exercise.
If your horse is due to stay with us overnight the we do supply feed, bedding and water. If your horse is on a specific supplement or food then feel free to send this in with your horse and we will ensure that this is given. Similarly if you prefer your horse to wear a rug etc whilst stabled then bring these along too. We will label all your items to keep them safe whilst they are here.
My horse is due to have a gastroscope, do I need to starve him/her?
In order for the vet to have a look inside your horse's stomach it needs to be empty. Your horse will need to be starved over night and no water on the morning of the scope. We usually advise removing all food by around 10pm.
My horse is due to have a general anaesthetic, do I need to starve him/her?
Your horse will need to be starved over night, usually removing feed around 10pm. You do not need to withhold water though.
Ideally with general anaesthetics we like the horse to be admitted the day before the surgery.
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