NEWS

 New battery powered Ultrasound machine! 23rd May 2020

EQUIPMENT UPDATE - NO POWER REQUIRED!

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new battery powered Ultrasound machine. This is a versatile machine allowing not only fertility scanning but also musculoskeletal scanning for lameness problems. This will allow us to examine your horses and ponies on the yard with no need for power.

This is in addition to our portable and battery powered endoscope, capable of endoscopy of the upper respiratory tract and stomach as well as our battery powered and wireless DR x-ray system.

Services update - 18th May 2020

As a result of the current advice from the government, as of Monday 18th May 2020 we will be performing RISK ASSESSED routine, essential and emergency equine veterinary care.

We are pleased to announce that our vaccine supplier is providing support for those clients whose horse’s vaccination have lapsed as a result of the Coronavirus restrictions. The offer is limited to previously fully vaccinated horses who missed their annual booster vaccination as a result of the lockdown. We can offer the second vaccination of the primary vaccination course free of charge; please note that visit charges still apply. If you fall into this category, please contact the office on 01579-228786 as soon as possible to book in.

We are doing all that we can to safeguard human and equine health and welfare and to comply with the government guidelines. However, if you think that social distancing is not possible and can not be maintained please discuss this with us prior to arrival.

We thank you all for how considerate you have been since the start of lockdown and that you and your families remain safe and well.

COVID-19 Emergencies only!  March 2020. 

Important update regarding Covid-19

Due to the latest Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and government advice, our service will be changing to 24/7 emergency only cover. The duration of this is currently unknown but we shall inform you of any changes as soon as we are made aware.

If you have appointments already booked with us, we will be calling you tomorrow to rearrange so please wait for us to call you.

We believe these measures are a very important step in stopping the spread of the virus, saving lives and reducing the burden on our NHS.

If you have an emergency then please call us on 01579 228786 as normal, your horses welfare is our priority.

Please stay safe and drop us an email or Facebook message with any questions.

Shorefield Equine Veterinary Practice

COVID-19 Update-  March 2020. 

As I am sure you can all understand we all need to be be enforcing stricter policies around our visits and social distancing to help protect our local community particularly those at higher risk.
In guidance with veterinary governing bodies the following will
be implemented:

  • Visits will be risk assessed. Any appointments that are currently booked in and do need rearranging, we will be in touch. Please bear with us.

  • We won’t be seeing vaccines, routine dentals, colt castrates, pre-purchase examinations and other visits deemed as non-essential

  • If we do need to visit, we ask that social distancing is strictly implemented and the amount of people at a visit must be restricted therefore we will discuss this with you before we attend

  • Please allow at least two days for the ordering and collection of medications, we will arrange how you can make collections at the time of ordering

  • Debbie and Jemima will be working from home therefore there will only be one phone line so if it is engaged please bear with us and if you have an emergency please call the pager on 07623 984736 (this may need to be reviewed in the coming days so keep an eye on the facebook page and website)

 

Your horse’s health is of upmost importance to us so if you have any concerns please call us and we can discuss the best options and provide advice.

Please stay safe everyone and continue to follow the government advise.

COVID-19 -  March 2020. 

We are currently continuing with our usual full service, but we will be implementing a few sensible precautions:

  •  If you are showing symptoms/feeling unwell or in isolation and your horse(s) needs to be seen by a vet, please give the office a call so we can work out the best way to help your horse.

  • If you have hand washing facilities on the yard, we would be grateful for you to offer these to the vets at the end of the visit. We do have our own hand hygiene products on board, but as we all know washing with soap and water is best -

Don’t forget the Happy Birthday song!

  • Please don’t be offended if we don’t greet you with a handshake

  •  If you need to collect medications from the office, please arrange this in advance.

Due to the ever-changing advice we will keep you updated on our procedures.

Thank you for your co-operation in these unsure times. 

WE NOW HAVE A SURGICAL AND THERAPEUTIC LASER! August 2019

Our laser allows us to use it in a surgical and/or in a therapeutic capacity. ​

 

In the surgical area, the laser beam can be used for cutting tissue like a scalpel. High temperatures of up to 300 °C cause the cells to pop open and evaporate. This process is called vaporisation leading to cutting and coagulation with minimal bleeding.

 

The benefits of a laser scalpel includes greater precision, reduction of bleeding via instantaneous cauterisation of wounds, and faster healing for the patient.

The use of the laser therapeutic capacity helps with inflammation, pain relief, accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, improved vascular activity and metabolic activity. It can help reduced fibrous tissue formation in wound healing as well as improved nerve function and faster wound healing.

Uses in horses;

  • Back Soreness

  • Burns

  • Dermatitis Conditions

  • Founder – Hoof

  • Muscle Recovery

  • Navicular

  • Neurological

  • Post Injury – Extremity

  • Post Injury – Trunk

  • Stress Fracture

  • Suspensory Injury

  • Surgical Applications – Laser Scalpel

    •  Cauterize

    • Cutting

    • Soft Incision

https://www.photonsurgicalsystems.co.uk/product/g-laser/

NEW X-RAY MACHINE! August 2019 

 

We now have an even better X-ray machine wivery high quality radiograph images, its completely battery operated making it much easier for those yards with no power, its much faster than our older machine and much more robust. 

  • Superior image quality from AGFA’s MUSICA 3 image processing software

  • Higher resolution for more accurate diagnosis

  • Adjusts contrast and brightness to optimise imaging

  • Ultra-fast image acquisition

  • NX3 workstation – intuitive fast workflow and image sequence

  • Improved cost and workflow efficiency

  • Delivers more consistency by better compensating for incorrect exposures

  • Includes Automatic Exposure Detection (AED), which allows seamless use with almost all x-ray systems

 

 

https://www.celticsmr.co.uk/products/veterinary/equine/equine-digital-x-ray-equipment/dx-d45c/

WELCOME LAURA! April 2019

We are delighted to welcome vet Laura to the practice. Laura has worked locally since graduating 6 years ago. Having an experienced extra pair of hands has helped no end in covering our growth in client demand and she is a welcome asset to the team. Lee also gets a well deserved night off once in a while (but we don't wan't him to get too comfy!)  

EQUINE FLU  February 2019

 

Understandably we have had many calls about the equine flu outbreak, currently details are limited however the confirmed cases this week are in Suffolk and Yorkshire unfortunately some horses involved aren't vaccinated.

We are encouraging our clients to be vigilant and to minimise contact and exposure.

As always, we promote strict bio security policies on yards particularly when new horses arrive on to the yard.

What is Equine Flu?
Equine flu is an infectious disease which affects the upper respiratory tract of horses.

What are the symptoms? 

  • High temperature (>38.5°c)

  • Lethargy

  • Harsh dry cough

  • Nasal discharge

  • Off food

(vaccinated horses may show milder signs)
Clinical signs usually appear within 1–5 days of exposure to the flu virus and they can last for 3–6 weeks

How is equine flu spread?
Equine flu is contagious it can be spread via infected horses releasing contaminated droplets into the air when coughing, it can also live on surfaces, objects and peoples’ clothing that have been contaminated by these droplets. Strict hygiene is key to preventing the spread of equine flu.

Prevention:

  • Maintaining high hygiene standards

  • Vaccination

  • Avoid traveling your horse unnecessarily

  • Don’t share hay nets, buckets and other equipment between horses

  • Isolate new horses

Please call us on 01579 228786 or 07884 482438 for any further help and advice

Here is a useful link to “Hands On Against Disease” published by World Horse Welfare 

https://www.bef.co.uk/repository/EquineDevelopment/Keepingyourhorsehealthypack_WHW.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3dB-9Z_KEzJLKRHub7NMnLfqZpN5vAUtOL2NaUoIUM6mdme_yUWHkfRbk

FOALING KITS!

Designed for the first time breeder, these kits have everything you need in preparation for your first foal. The kits include the following:

·         Comprehensive foaling information pack

·         1 x Vetwrap

·         1 x pair long sleeve gloves

·         1 x 500ml bottle lubricant

·         1 x pair blunt scissors

·         1m string for tying up placenta

·         1 x bag for placenta

·         2 x small towels

·         1 x umbilical dip

·         1 x enema

·         1 x bottle and teat

·         2 x sample pots

·         1 x Protexin Quickfix

Kits are priced at £36 inc VAT.

 

If you would like to purchase one send us a message or contact us on 01579 228786 during normal working hours or email shorefieldequine@yahoo.com

CONGRATULATIONS EMILIA! March 2018

We are pleased to announce that Emilia has passed her final BEVA/BVDA dentistry exams and is now a fully qualified equine dentist. This qualification is notoriously difficult to attain and  takes an awful lot of hard work and dedication; we look forward to working alongside her.

UPCOMING TALKS

  • Gastric Ulcers

  • Cushings and Equine Metabolic Syndrome—What does it mean for my horse?

  • Understanding Colic

  • Tendons and Ligaments—Why do they cause so many problems?

Dates and times of upcoming talks will be confirmed via our Facebook page and website!

ATYPICAL MYOPATHY UPDATE - January 2018 

Atypical myopathy is a condition which affects the horses muscles. Although rare, it is a serious condition and needs prompt veterinary attention.


It is caused by a toxin (hypoglycin A) found in the leaves and seeds of  Sycamore trees. Cases are more commonly seen in autumn and spring as the increased winds blows the leaves and seeds off the trees.


It usually affects young horses at grass and can been seen in multiple horses within a group.

Horses typically present with generalised muscle stiffness and weakness and may appear to have trouble eating. Within 48 hours, they can become unable to stand and find it difficult to breathe. They often have dark brown urine due to the breakdown products from muscles (myoglobin) leaving their body via the urine.


Prevention is based on not allowing horses to ingest Sycamore leaves or seeds. Fencing off Sycamore trees, not using fields which contain Sycamore trees, or picking up leaves and seeds whilst poo picking will limit a horses access to the toxin. Ensuring the horse has sufficient grass during high risk periods will make the leaves and seeds less appealing!

Office hours Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

Shorefield Equine Veterinary Practice, Unit 3 Ashleigh Meadow, Tregondale, Menheniot, Liskeard, PL14 3RG

Registered No. 7295376