at 4 Horan Court, Albury, 2640 Australia
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Want to save money next time your horse cuts itself? Vaccinate annually for tetanus. The company that produces the tetanus vaccine have recently increased the price of the tetanus antitoxoid vaccine by 50%. If your horse is vaccinated against tetanus and protected by an annual booster, then the tetanus antitoxoid vaccine will not be required in the event of injury. This better protects your horse against the deadly disease and is more cost effective than treating with antitoxoid.
Did you know that regular dental care for your horse can improve feed efficiency, increase the longevity and improve the horse-rider relationship? By providing routine dental care for your horse or pony you are insuring that they are not suffering from dental pain or infection. We recommend that your horse's mouth is examined at least every 12 months. For older horses or those with chronic dental problems, you should seek dental attention at least every 6 months.
Treating your horse for intestinal worms: When using oral tube paste drenches, it is very important to dose your horse correctly, as under-dosing can contribute to the development of resistance. To further minimise the development of resistance, choose a highly effective wormer such as “Equimax” which contains abamectin. Abamectin treats all equine worms as well as tapeworms, and has so far had no reported cases of resistance. It is recommended to alternate drenches annually to further slow the development of drench resistance. We recommend using drenches that have a combination of more than just abamectin, such as 'Equitak Excell', or drenches that contain moxidectin and praziquantel such as 'Equest plus tape'. Remember, just because abamectin is currently the most effective drench, alternating your drenches will reduce the risk of resistance developing.
With the warm weather commencing, the grass is growing. Whilst it's great to have some extra feed in the paddock, ponies are particularly susceptible to laminitis this time of year. The grass contains increased amounts of sugar which is a key factor in founder in horses and ponies. If you have any questions regarding nutrition and weight control in your horse, give the clinic a call.
Following our Hendra information evening, we will be conducting a bulk vaccination day in early to mid September. Zoetis is offering the second dose of the vaccine for free, which significantly reduces the cost of vaccinating and protecting your horse against Hendra. Please contact the clinic for more information.
Thanks to everyone that turned up to the Hendra information evening last week. Hopefully it was an informative evening for all. We certainly hope that we communicated the potential risks that Hendra poses to our local equine community. For those who couldn't attend and would like information, please go to our web page: www.humeequinecentre.com.au
Established in 1993 by Dr Bob Fielding, the Hume Equine Centre is a well-equipped Equine Hospital located in the heart of the Albury - Wodonga.
We are passionate about providing the best care for your equine athlete and companion.
With modern equipment, a purpose-built hospital, quality facilities and experienced staff, we treat all horses including racehorses, performance horses, show horses, children's ponies, brood mares, foals and young horses, aged companions, western pleasure horses and even donkeys.