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Routine Healthcare


Avonvale Equine is proud to offer a comprehensive range of services encompassing routine healthcare. Many of these can be performed as part of our popular free zone visit scheme.


Vaccination

Vaccination imparts immunological protection against infectious disease. Horses are routinely vaccinated against influenza and tetanus in the UK, but can also be vaccinated against equine herpes virus (EHV) and rotavirus.


Influenza

A virus spread by respiratory secretions, equine influenza causes coughing, nasal discharge and malaise. Equine flu can travel for miles in the air, and horses that no longer travel to competitions are still at risk. Like in humans, influenza is rarely fatal to adults, however it can cause death in foals, older horses and immunocompromised individuals. Also, similarly to humans, vaccines do not stop horses from catching influenza, but they do drastically reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms, which reduces the spread of disease. We strongly recommend vaccinating all horses against influenza, at least annually but ideally every six months.

Different venues and organisations have different requirements for flu vaccination. Please check with the authority under which you intend to compete.


Tetanus

A bacterial infection caused by Clostridium tetani, tetanus lives in soil and faecal matter, and usually enters the body via breaks in the skin. Toxins work their way up the nervous system to cause painful muscular contraction. Signs may include a protruding third eyelid, stiffness of the jaw and limbs and may progress to respiratory failure and death. Unfortunately, even with intensive treatment, the survival rate for tetanus cases is low. We recommend vaccinating all horses for tetanus every other year to ensure adequate protection against this deadly disease.

 

Worm Egg Counts

A faecal worm egg count (FWEC) measures the number of worm eggs contained in a sample of your horse’s dung, to indicate whether you need to give your horse a wormer or not.  FWECs are an important tool for worm control and should be conducted every 12 weeks for adult horses during the grazing season.

We require a small sample of fresh horse dung.  Because worm eggs are distributed unevenly within each pile of droppings, it is best to collect a small pinch from at least five different faecal balls within a single dung pile.

Worming advice can be tailored to your individual circumstances, and varies according to age and health status of your horse.  Most healthy adult horses do not need frequent worming, and regular FWEC will confirm this. Our annual worm control package is designed for adult horses (>2 years) and includes an Equest Pramox wormer, as this is recommended annually, in winter, in most horses.  General environmental worm control includes regular dropping removal from pasture and ensuring appropriate stocking density.

Our fully-comprehensive annual worm control package includes:

  • 3 x worm egg counts
  • 1 x weigh tape
  • 1 x Equest Pramox wormer
  • Unlimited up-to-date advice from our vets

The cost is £70.00 per year including VAT.  Call us for more information


MOT Services

The practice also offers a range of full MOTs for your horse. This is a detailed examination to ensure your horse is in optimum health.


Performance / Competition Horse MOT

  • Trot up (and more in-depth gait assessment if required)
  • Ultrasound limb scan (area of interest according to discipline)
  • Fitness blood profile

All this for £270.00 (inc. VAT) – this represents a £100 saving over individually priced package components.


Riding Horse MOT

  • Trot up (and more in-depth gait assessment if required)
  • Routine dental correction (and sedation if required)
  • General Health blood profile
  • Can be performed on our free zone visit scheme

All this for £244.80 (inc. VAT) – this represents up to a £75 saving.


Veteran Horse MOT

  • Trot up (as appropriate for your horse’s age and activity level)
  • Routine dental correction (and sedation if required)
  • Management of diastema (common dental abnormality in older horses)
  • General Health blood profile
  • ACTH test (Cushings blood test)
  • Can be performed on our free zone visit scheme

All of this for £275.40 (inc. VAT) – this represents up to a £90 saving.