Tetanus is a fatal disease caused by a bacterium present in soil. Vaccinations for tetanus (without influenza) are given every two years after the primary vaccination course.
Equine influenza (flu)
Flu is caused by a virus which is spread by the respiratory route. The necessary vaccination schedule is as follows:
- A primary course of two injections 21-92 days apart (three weeks to three months).
- A third injection 150-215 days after the second injection (five to seven months)
- Annual boosters no more than 365 days after the previous injection. Horses that compete under FEI rules must be vaccinated every six months.
This is caused by a virus which can cause respiratory disease, neurological disease and abortion. Vaccinations provide protection, and are given every six months after the initial course and can be given at the same time as influenza and tetanus vaccinations. In pregnant mares, vaccination is recommended at five, seven and nine months of gestation.
Specialist advice is available for all clients, and yards can be provided with an individually tailored programme, according to numbers and ages of horses, ponies or donkeys. We recommend worm egg counts are performed quarterly on individual faecal samples to determine whether your horse needs to be wormed. This is a cost effective method and reduces resistance to worming products. Faecal samples can be brought into our Fairmoor, Wooler, Wagonway surgeries for worm egg counts. Please note, however, that tapeworms are not assessed by faecal worm egg counts. A suitable tapewormer should be given every six months. Alternatively we can take a blood sample or saliva test for the level of tapeworm infection in your horse’s system. Please ask us for worming advice suited to your circumstances.
Annual health checks
The annual equine health check includes a full clinical examination together with checking the eyes, heart, teeth and skin, trot up for lameness, a worm egg count and a blood test to screen for liver and kidney disease and red and white blood cell counts. This can be completed at any routine visit and can be customised for your horse, for example testing for Equine Metabolic Syndrome or Cushing’s disease – please ask for further details.
There is a blood test available that detects horses recently exposed to strangles. This allows horses to be screened for exposure to the disease, e.g. before moving yards, to try to reduce spread of Strangles. If the horse shows exposure to strangles, it can be isolated until guttural pouch flushes are obtained and the horse confirmed as not carrying the infection.
It is compulsory for all foals born in the UK to be microchipped before they are six months of age, or December 31st of the year they are born, whichever is the later. All horses must have a passport and any new passport applications must be accompanied by microchip details.
Free use of weighbridge, sponsored by Spillers
The electronic weighbridge at Fairmoor Equine Clinic is free for client use to monitor their horse’s bodyweight, please phone to book an appointment. We also take the weighbridge to yards where we will weigh, body condition score and give nutritional advice by prior arrangement.