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*** IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE ***
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We hope you are all well and enjoying the companionship of your horses while so much else has changed. The first message to say is that we are here and still working to treat your horses when they need us most.
As vets, our jobs have always been about protecting animal health and welfare, but each day we have seen new and essential guidance from the government. We now find ourselves in a position where it also our duty to do everything we can to protect human health, particularly those in our community who are most at risk.
Because of this, we have reached the decision to stop non-essential work. We will be cancelling our routine appointments, allowing us to focus on the animals who need our help the most while limiting the movement of individuals and potential spread of COVID-19. This morning we will be contacting everyone with appointments booked this week. We expect our phone to be very busy so please wait for us to contact you.
We also ask that if one of our vets comes to visit your horse, please maintain excellent social distancing and we will work to do the same.
Your horse’s welfare is very important to us, as is the health of everyone in our community. If you are concerned about your horse’s health in any way, please phone our office in the first instance, and we will be very happy to help as always.
Covid 19 & Kings Bounty Equine Practice
As the prevalence of the virus increases in the UK, we want to reassure you that we are taking precautions to ensure that we can continue to be available to look after our equine patients.
So what are we doing?
– We are minimising contact between Janette, Liz and Sara so that if one of us falls ill, the risk of everyone else falling ill at the practice at the same time is minimised. We are working out of our vehicles as normal, but basing ourselves at home, with only skeleton staff at the office.
– Biosecurity is not a new concept for us in the equine industry, as many of you are only too aware, and so we continue to ensure that our biosecurity policies are maintained.
– we have ensured that sufficient veterinary supplies are in stock and have a contingency plan to ensure that that continues.
How can you help us?
-We have been asking clients a few basic questions before visiting to ensure that we are not exposed to unnecessary risk e.g. questions about recent travels; whether you feel unwell; whether you have been in contact with anyone else who is unwell. We are still happy to attend your horse but may have to take some extra measures to safeguard all involved.
– We would also be grateful if the number of personnel “horse side” is minimised where possible – it is difficult to screen unexpected “visitors” before we arrive thus potentially creating unnecessary risk for all.
– If your health status changes AFTER a visit, please let us know.
– If you need to come to the office to eg collect medication, please call ahead so the necessary precautions can be taken.
So for now, it’s “business as usual” with a few sensible precautions. We will of course update you if anything has to change.
Stay safe everyone – we’re here if you need us!
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.
We have added the following new products to our range:
- Joint Supplement Elite ( containing glucosamine and in addition: MSM, Chondroitin sulphate, Boswellia serrata and Hyaluronic Acid)
- Veterinary Calmer
- Bozmerix – a natural product with anti inflammatory properties. Permitted in the competition horse.
Visit our Veterinary Products page for full details and prices
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.
Please CLICK HERE for the latest update as of 15th July 2019
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“The Coughing Horse and Performance Mindset for Riders”
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