Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter. We have been a little busy and have not written to you for sometime so we have lots to report to you! In this issue we have an interesting article on worming, details of our vaccination amnesty and news of Catley Cross staff new arrivals.
Following the success of our Autumn Client Evening on Flu and Strangles we are planning another for Spring. We would love your suggestions on topics you would like us to cover.
Keep an eye out for our new website too!
We would like to welcome vets Lottie Balcombe and Orla O Hanlon to the Catley Cross team.
Lottie graduated from Bristol University in 2011 and spent 4 and a half years at an equine practice in Norfolk. She joined the team at Catley in 2016 although some of you will recognise her from seeing practice as a vet student. She enjoys all aspects of equine practice although her particular interests are internal medicine, eye problems, wounds and donkeys! She is currently working towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.
Orla, originally from Ireland, joined the practice in July 2016. She graduated from Szent Istvan University in Budapest in March 2015 and then underwent a year long equine internship at the RVC Equine Referral Hospital where she gained experience in lameness, diagnostic imaging, medicine and anaesthesia.
**It’s the time of the year where all horses should be receiving a dose of Equest Pramox. This will treat for all types of worms and is available from the practice at a price of £23.27.**
Equine Flu month – We have teamed up with Merial to bring you Vaccination Back on Track in November. Eligible horses will receive a discounted primary vaccination course. The offer is for horses over 12 months of age that have not yet been vaccinated against equine influenza or are overdue a booster. For more information visit www.equinefluawareness.com or contact the practice to book your horse in under this offer.
Congratulations to our vet Carolyn and husband Simon on the birth of Annabelle Charlotte. Annabelle was born on the 6th of October weighing 8lb 10oz and is totally gorgeous.
Article on worming written by Lottie Balcombe MRCVS:
Worms are a common concern amongst horse owners and the autumn is an important time of year to be thinking about worming so here are some reminders for smart worm control.
Treating your horse with a wormer without knowing if he actually has worms can cause resistance. There are only a few types of wormer available and once worms are resistant to these products it can be impossible to get rid of them. Infact we are seeing more horses nowadays that have health problems due to over worming. Therefore, it is essential NOT to worm routinely unless you have a positive worm egg count result or have been advised to do so by a vet.
The majority of horse owners now have worm egg counts done throughout the year – well done if you are one of those owners! We examine a poo sample under the microscope to look for worm eggs and advise you whether your horse needs worming and if so which wormer to use.
Redworm in faeces
Strongyle (Redworm) egg as seen under the microscope
A single worm egg count costs £12.48 inc VAT with cheaper prices for groups of horses. We need a fresh sample of a pinch from 4-5 faecal balls from each horse. We recommend 3 samples about 3 months apart from March to September for example March, June and September. Interestingly, a group of horses living in the same field will have different worm burdens. Therefore, if one horse in a group has worms you cannot assume they will all be infected. It is usually only 20% of horses that need worming routinely.
It is really important to combine worm egg counts with good pasture management. Droppings should be collected from the pasture at least twice a week. Grazing should not be over stocked and should be allowed to rest occasionally. It is useful to co-graze with sheep or cows as they act as natural hoovers removing eggs from the pasture.
Worm egg counts are good at looking for roundworms, which are the most common type of worm that infect horses. However, they don’t pick up tapeworm, bots or encysted larvae which is why we recommend worming once a year to cover these. The best time of year to do this is October – November. We usually suggest using Equest Pramox.
Remember to send us your poo samples from March next year!