Gastroscope Clinics – October 2021

Gastric ulcers are a common complaint affecting both pleasure, sports and race horses and ponies. Clinical signs can be very variable ranging from dislike of tightening the girth, teeth grinding, dull coat, lack of condition to poor performance and mild-moderate colic. The only way to definitively diagnose gastric ulcers is to pass a video endoscope into the stomach under-standing sedation. The procedure is tolerated very well and takes around 15-20 minutes. If you horse has ulcers then we can advise on the best treatment plans.

On the 11th and 13th October 2021, we are running a gastroscopy clinic at Sussex Equine Hospital. For horses booked in on these days only gastroscopy will be half price costing £145 including VAT and routine sedation.

If ulcers are diagnosed treatment would incur additional costs.

To book your horse in please call Jess Smart on 01903 883050 spaces are limited and you must already be registered as a client of Sussex Equine Hospital.

Equine Exports

EQUINE EXPORTS!

Please remember that it now takes longer to obtain all the necessary documentation, blood tests and test results needed to export horses to the EU, Ireland & Northern Ireland therefore you need to plan ahead accordingly.

For further guidance please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-horses-and-ponies-special-rules?fbclid=IwAR3g_1CsSfoKSg7Eq3NpNb8Ypyf55LpIyq1HYase3_fCpTjjeOOx0cM63gM

what3words

Have you heard of what3words?

It is an easy way to identify precise locations. what3words has given every 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address. The words are randomly assigned to each square and will always stay the same! This enables you to find any precise location, using just three simple words.

When it’s hard to describe where you are in an emergency, you only need to read out three words for people to pinpoint your exact location!

This is beneficial to our vets as it means they will be able to easily find your location, even if your horse is kept in a remote field, especially crucial when its an emergency call out!
Download the what3words app today and when booking your next appointment, provide the what3words location of your horse!

https://what3words.com/bound.shortcuts.daredevil

PUBLISHED NEW BOOK!

Our very own surgeon, Dr. Luis M. Rubio-Martinez has now published a book called ‘Complications in Equine Surgery.’

‘Complications in Equine Surgery’ is the first reference to focus exclusively on understanding, preventing, recognizing, managing, and prognosing, technical and post-procedural complications in equine surgery. Edited by two noted experts on the topic, the book presents evidence-based information using a clear approach, organized by body system. Featuring color images, the book contains detailed coverage of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, musculoskeletal, urogenital, and neurological systems.

Each chapter contains a short introduction of the procedure with explanations of when and how the procedure is to be performed. All chapters review how to recognize and prevent technical complications and explain how to manage post-operative complications.

Great work Luis!!

Current Equine Herpes Virus Outbreak

The BEF have produced the attached document (below) to advise people returning from Europe on their obligations with regards to the current EHV 1 outbreak.

Please read and take note – we really do not want this nasty virus spreading in the UK.  The fact that there are currently no shows in the UK due to the COVID restrictions will help reduce the spread.

Please note the comments regarding vaccination at the end of the document – it may be advisable to vaccinate if you are planning to go to shows this summer.

BS protocol March 2021 fv

Horse Rescue….

On 29th January 2021, one of our vets, Grace O’Donovan, was called out to a stallion that had become stuck down in his stable overnight. Macho had become stuck in the corner of his stable but was also suffering from lymphangitis of his right hind leg, making it difficult for him to stand up. The highly skilled animal rescue team of West Sussex Fire and Rescue were quickly in attendance to assist getting Macho to his feet. Macho was heavily sedated and moved onto skids so he could be moved to an area where we could assist him in standing up. Macho was extremely painful on his very swollen right hind, so a decision was made to assist him when he stood up using strops and a tractor.

 

 

Lymphangitis is an extremely painful condition causing inflammation of the lymph vessels and lymph nodes, usually in a hindlimb. Generally, but not always, there is a break in the skin or dermatitis which allows infection to get through the skin and into the lymphatic system. Once the infection affects the lymph nodes and lymph vessels it restricts the drainage in the leg causing the leg to swell. Lymphangitis is characterised by a ‘tree-trunk’ leg, pain when feeling the lymph nodes at the top of the leg, a high temperature and the horse can often appear ill, depressed and off their food.

 

Early intervention and treatment is essential in these cases.

 

We are pleased to report that Macho was released into the care of his own vet and  is making a good recovery.