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This is a guide to help the horse owner find information on various medical problems. If you have any medical problem with your pet, please contact your vet or call us for consultation with one of our vets. For more info google vital signs in horses.
A very common problem in ponies. The potentially Laminitic pony spends most of the day eating and it is essential to restrict its grazing. This is a very serious disease in ponies and overweight horses and can result in loosing the animal.
signs to look for
sensitivity in one or more of the feet, the hoof usually becomes warm to the touch and the pony becomes reluctant to move. Veterinary advice and restricted grazing are essential.
We have found by keeping the laminitic ponies in large groups, and putting youngsters in the same field the ponies are kept moving and spend less time eating.
This is the name given to a horse that sways slightly in the hindquarters it has a tendency to stumble and will become too dangerous to ride.
Lord Biats is one horse we have worked with, he appears not to have worsened since he has been here, We are due to take another horse with this condition next month.
We are now working with the second donkey with sarcoids on the sheath the first I am pleased to say is still clear after a year. This information is intended for horse owners so that a greater understanding of some of the difficulties associated with sarcoids can be explained
This is the picture taken after surgery Sarcoids can not be removed by conventional surgery. information can be found at http://www.liv.ac.uk/sarcoids/facts.htm
Before and after Cryosurgery
Poisons Please be careful this winter
Many garden plants are deadly. Please check before allowing your pony to eat the overgrown garden. Our vet noted, when a sick equine is put in the garden it will almost always die.
Lack of readily available feed is the main reason for the equine to eat poisonous plants. Always make sure your pony has access to hay and fresh water especially in the winter. Take care to check that the hay is being eaten and the animal is not spitting out balls of hay, if you find balled up hay you should ask you vet to check the teeth.
Bracken Horses donkeys and ponies will take bracken from the hedgerows, especially in the winter. The bracken is deadly as is ragwort. You should always remove both of these plants from the fields. As a rule of thumb Yellow flowering plants should be removed.
Holly is amongst the most toxic plant when it is cut. The animal will have such severe colic, and vets have nothing to suppress the pain. Euthanasia is the usually the only option.
More to follow.