Equine Practice

 

Equine visits

 

Vets are available every weekday for routine visits, and 24 hours every day of the week for emergency visits.

To book an equine visit please telephone the practice. If you book your visit with at least 2 days notice, then we will give you an early booking discount off your visit fee.

For further price reductions see our Langshot clinic details.

 

Langshot equine clinic (By appointment)

 

An alternative to having your horse seen at home is the Equine Clinic held at the Langshot Equestrian Centre, Chobham, Surrey.  The clinic is held every Friday, usually between 2pm and 4pm (depending on demand).

Attend the clinic and receive:


Please telephone the practice to book your appointment.

 

Pre-purchase examinations


Buying a horse represents a large financial and time commitment. It is important when you have found a prospective horse to buy that you have the animal health checked by the vet. The vet can then give you an honest appraisal of the horse’s health and so it’s ability to do the work you are buying it for.
 
We offer two types of vetting:

 

2 Stage vetting

 

 

5 Stage vetting

 


 
Please note that it is always our recommendation that a full 5-stage vetting is completed. Problems that could be seen on a 5-stage vetting may not be noted on the less extensive 2-stage vetting. This advice is in accordance with the RCVS/BVA joint memorandum on the examination of horses (revised 1986).

 

Vaccinations

 

Horses can be vaccinated against Flu, Tetanus and Equine Herpes Virus (EHV).

 

Flu and tetanus

 

These are frequently given together.
 

 
Flu and tetanus boosters are then given every 12 months.

 

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV)

 

 

EHV booster vaccinations are given every 6 months
 
Please note that for competing horses, booster vaccinations must be given on or before the date due, otherwise entry to competitions may be refused.

 

Worming

 

Equine worming is usually done with a plan for the year, to ensure maximum control of the most common endo-parasites horses are subjected to.
 
Different yards may well have their own worming programmes decided, so you should speak to the yard owner if your horse is kept at livery.  There are many different worming programmes available.
 
The following is an example of a minimum worming strategy-
 
 
Month                                        Parasite being targeted                              Wormer
March and September                Tapeworms                                                Double dose of pyrantel (Strongid P / Pyratape)
October / November                  Cyathostomes                                            5 day course of fenbendazole (Panacur Guard)
December                                    Stomach Bots                                            Ivermectin based (Eqvalan)
 
Note – if the pasture burden is high, or we have a mild winter, then worming may be required again January / February with fenbendazole.
 
For the remaining months of the year you can alternate the other wormers (eg moxidectin – Equimax) every 12 – 13 weeks.  It is however very important that pasture management is used in conjunction with worming to develop an effective strategy. For example:   

Worming new arrivals prior to turn-out with a 5 day course of fenbendazole (Panacur Guard) followed by double dose of Strongid P on day 7.
Twice weekly poo-picking of fields.
Pasture rotation.
Worming all horses on the same pasture at the same time, using the same programme.

 

Foal worming

 

Foals should be wormed at 4-6 weeks of age with an ivermectin based wormer (eg Eqvalan), then every 6 weeks until 6 months of age, alternating ivermectin (Eqvalan) with fenbendazole (Panacur Guard) or pyrantel (Strongid P).


At 6 months of age increase the worming interval slightly to every 6 – 8 weeks.
DO NOT USE MOXIDECTIN (EQUEST) IN FOALS LESS THAN 4 MONTHS OF AGE AS THIS CAN HAVE FATAL CONSEQUENCES.


It is very important to dose foals correctly with wormers, as their small body size means they are easy to overdose.

 

Equine digital radiography (x-rays), ultrasonography and video endoscopy

 

The practice is equipped with the latest portable equine diagnostic imaging equipment to enable us to more thoroughly examine your horse at the stable yard. The use of these diagnostic techniques available at your home/ stables means our vets are able to provide rapid diagnosis, so saving time and stress for both you and your horse.

 

Equine passports

 

The Horse Passports (England) regulations 2004 require all owners to obtain passports for each horse (including ponies, donkeys and other equidae) they own. These must be completed by a veterinary surgeon.
 
Horse passports were introduced to prevent horses that could eventually be used for human consumption being given drugs that could then enter the human food chain. At the back of the passport is a declaration that must be completed by the owner if the horse is NEVER intended to be used for human consumption. Once this is signed, that horse can then never be used for human food, regardless of how many different future owners it has.
 
Horse passports should be made available whenever your horse requires veterinary attention. They must also be carried with the horse when travelling.
Please contact us for advice if you have any queries, or require an equine passport to be issued.
 
Further information can be obtained from:


www.defra.gov.uk/rural/horses/topics/passports.htm


www.vmd.gov.uk/general/horsemeds/medandyourhorse.pdf


The DEFRA helpline number for passports is tel- +44 (0)207 904 6216

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