Following the outbreak of EHV-1 infection at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre, the practices and veterinary surgeons involved in the outbreak collectively discussed appropriate planning and continue to be in frequent contact ensuring collective awareness of the situation at Crofton and elsewhere. Inevitably situations such as this can generate misunderstandings and rumours so we thought it was worth issuing this collective post which outlines the approach agreed upon by practices looking after horses in the local area including Animed Equine Vets, Kings Bounty Equine Practice, The Liphook Equine Hospital, Riverside Vets Equine and Stable Close Equine Practice, in conjunction with Dr Richard Newton, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the Animal Health Trust.
We are considering horses to be in 1 of 3 levels of risk and should be treated accordingly:
A) Highest Risk – Horses stabled at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre are subject to the strictest protocols with isolation, frequent clinical checks and also swabs and blood samples. This will be ongoing until they are found to no longer pose an infectious threat and normal activities can safely resume.
B) Intermediate Risk – Horses that have visited Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre at some time since 21st December 2019 along with their stablemates at their home yards. The horse or horses that visited Crofton should be kept isolated from others and also subject to clinical checks, swabs and blood samples. Movement of all other horses from the yard should also be restricted as they may have been exposed to the virus and may themselves act as a source of ongoing infection. As long as all remains well on these yards and test results are reassuring then we would expect movement restrictions to be no longer than 2 weeks since the date of the visit to Crofton. Where the two weeks since the date of the visit to Crofton has already elapsed, to be safe we still strongly advise clearance of animals that attended Crofton based on swab and blood testing.
C) Low Risk – Horses that have not visited Crofton or had contact with horses that have visited Crofton can continue to be managed as normal alongside increased vigilance of their health status (e.g. appetite, behaviour etc…).
Clearly advice could change in the future pending further developments and test results but so far we have had no evidence of EHV-related disease outside of Crofton.
Introducing our new Joint Supplement Elite for the nutritional maintenance of healthy cartilage in the joints of horses in training and competition work.
This supplement differs from our original joint supplement because it contains other beneficial ingredients alongside the concentrated form of Glucosamine hydrochloride (99% pure) as seen in our original joint supplement. The other ingredients include Boswelia Serrata, a readily available herb with anti-inflammatory properties and Chondroitin Sulphate, Hyaluronic Acid and MSM – ingredients that are reported to have chondroprotective effects. The combination of these ingredients reportedly provides increased anti-inflammatory effects and chondroprotective effects compared to glucosamine alone.
The joint supplement elite is highly concentrated and can last up to 365 days depending on the size of your horse/ pony and level of activity they do.
Please contact the practice if you would like any further information – we can help you work out a daily cost for your horse.
Sadly the equine industry is still experiencing high numbers of equine influenza cases, with June reported to have identified over a third of the total cases diagnosed this year. Our advice is to continue to vaccinate your horse every 6 months ( based on the fact that protective antibody levels start to wane after this period)….and be vigilant. Please call the practice if you have a horse showing any of the previously posted symptoms.
Further advice has been published by the Animal Health Trust which you can access HERE. If you compete then an easy to follow fun guide has been produced – CLICK HERE! We are here if you need us….
Please CLICK HERE for the latest update as of 15th July 2019
There has been an increasing number of equine influenza cases in the UK in recent months, some of which have affected TB racing yards – race meetings have now been cancelled by the BHA. The BEF are closely monitoring the situation but at the time of this post (08.02.19) is not recommending the cancellation of other equine events at present – this will be under constant review.
The H3N8 Florida Clade 1 influenza virus strain appears to be the recent strain involved in the UK. Not all UK equine ‘flu vaccine brands contain this strain but Kings Bounty have been using a vaccine brand containing this strain for the last 9 years (Proteq-flu).
No vaccine is ever 100% protective but it can minimise the severity of disease should a horse be infected. A horse’s immunity will lower towards the end of the period when the next booster is due and so, following guidelines received from the Animal Health Trust, we are recommending that horses who have not received a booster in the last 6 months, are given a vaccination as soon as possible.
Please contact the practice if you have any more concerns or would like to book in a vaccination. Please visit our Facebook page for posts / links to help you recognise signs/symptoms and for biosecurity tips.
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