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As dedicated equine vets in Devon we have a duty of care to ensure the best possible treatment goes to our patients and their owners. To help us to help you we like to share our wisdom when we are visiting a yard or consulting with clients. Here you’ll find some further helpful information to help you care for your horses. We hope you find these Factsheets useful, and remember we’re always on hand to provide support and advice.

What to do if you have an equine emergency with your horse. Our Devon County Equine Vets provide their advice on what to do.

There has recently been a number of cases of Atypical Myopathy (AM) diagnosed in the UK and subsequently a lot of information in the press and online. As a result of several people asking questions, we feel our clients would probably appreciate a summary of the latest research and information regarding this disease.

Sweet Itch is an allergic skin condition to the saliva of biting midges.

Strangles is common. There are more than 600 recorded outbreaks in the UK every year on average, and probably many more that go unrecorded. Any horse is at risk of contracting strangles, but owners can significantly reduce that risk by being aware and proactive.

Gastroscopy is the only accurate was to diagnose EGUS. This is done under standing sedation at your own yard using our portable video system.

Kissing spines is likely to cause pain and discomfort for your horse and occurs when the spinous processes of the vertebrae touch or rub together.

Foal Heat Diarrhoea is the name given for the short periods of diarrhoea often seen in foals aged 5 to 14 days old who are otherwise fit and healthy. It is seen in 80-95% of normal foals, with no breed pre-disposition.

A Lame horse will usually show signs of the condition such as a limp and obvious bobbing of the head. This is a common veterinary problem in sport horses, racehorses and leisure horses, but this does not make it any less emotional. Quick diagnosis is vital.

Read the various Guidelines regarding Equine Flu here. If you’d like any advice about equine flu from our Devon County Equine Vets please get in touch.

Castrating (or ‘cutting’) your colt or stallion can be a daunting prospect, but is usually the best decision for the horse to enable him to live with other horses with less risk of fighting and injury or covering mares.

Read about horse worming and horse wormers from our Devon County Equine Vets.

The two most important equine herpes viruses are EHV-1 and EHV-4. These viruses usually cause respiratory disease, but can cause neurological disease and abortion. EHV-1 is much more commonly associated with neurological disease and abortion than EHV-4.

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