Tapeworm dosing in horses

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***TAPEWORM DOSING IN HORSES***

With the cold and wet weather more of our ponies are coming in off their summer grazing for longer periods of time, this is the perfect opportunity to be thinking about Tapeworm.

For other intestinal worms we usually recommend faecal sampling each horse 4x a year.
If there are less than 200-250 worm eggs per gram of faeces then there is no need to treat with a de-wormer. This saves money and reduces the risk of resistance forming to the de-wormers we use.
Unfortunately it is not possible to reliably test faecal samples for tapeworm eggs. However, there is a blood sample we can take to test for exposure to them.

We usually recommend DOSING FOR TAPEWORM ONCE IN THE AUTUMN (NOW!) and again in the Spring. Ideally we blood sample to check for tapeworm exposure in the spring and if this is negative then dosing would not be required.

Wormers which dose for tapeworm include drugs called Pyrantel (double dosing treats for tapeworm) and Praziquantel.
It is worth estimating your horse’s weight as accurately as possible before dosing. Usually a weigh tape is the easiest method but we would recommend dosing for 10% more than the weight displayed to allow for error.

***We have tapeworm de-wormers in stock, pop in any time or call us at the practice for more information.***

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Donview Winter 16/17 Newsletter!

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dan-on-rock-copy-w200Donview Winter 16/17 Newsletter!

It really does feel today like winter is here! ?

So its time to take a look at our latest newsletter with loads of useful information to prepare your pets for winter including Christmas Calamities, fleas through the winter, winter aches and pains, and winter worms!

Click the link below to download our newsletter in PDF format.

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Fighting fireworks phobias!

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FIREWORK FEARS – 40-50% of dogs have a noise phobia. Don’t let your dog suffer this year – a new and very successful product has been launched today and will be in the practice on Thursday. Please give us a call and speak to a Vet to find out more! (This is a prescription medicine so we can’t mention the name of the product on Facebook!)

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween to all animals and their owners from Donview Vets! ????

This pumpkin was expertly carved by Alan one of our Vets!

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Baby bunny cuddles today!

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Lindsay loves her job – baby animal cuddles all day! ?Meet Freya who was in today for her vaccinations to protect against Myxomatosis and VHD. There’s an outbreak at the moment so it’s great to know little Freya will be protected!

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Puppy Cuddles ?!

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We’ve just had 7 puppies in for their microchips before they go to their new homes. Lots of cuddles from Lindsay and Fiona!

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Meet Alfie the Angora!

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Alfie the Angora Rabbit was in visiting Diana the vet yesterday for his vaccinations and microchip. So now the gorgeous Alfie is covered for Myxomatosis & RHD (Rabbit Haemorrhatic Disease). If you would like your rabbit covered for these please do not hesitate to give us a call at the practice on 01467621429 to book an appointment. ?

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£10 off rabbit vaccines due to outbreak of myxomatosis 

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**MYXOMATOSIS OUTBREAK – VACCINATE YOUR RABBITS NOW, VACCINE PRICE REDUCED** We have had a rapid increase in the number of rabbits coming in with myxomatosis. There is currently an outbreak amongst the wild rabbits in our area and the virus is now spreading to pet rabbits. We estimate less than 5% of pet rabbits in our area are vaccinated! This a usually a fatal disease that can be prevented by a simple vaccine injection so we highly recommend bringing in your rabbit ASAP if not protected. The vaccine is normally £36 which also includes cover for Viral hemorrhagic disease, another fatal disease carried by wild rabbits. Quote this facebook post and we will reduce this to £26.00 until the end of October. Your rabbit will also be given a free health check at the same time

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Meet Daisy the cow!

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Susanna was out on a farm today performing a TB test (all cattle have to be tested regularly). Along came a really friendly cow for her test; it turns out she was the farmers pet cow called Daisy that he had hand reared. Susanna fell in love as Daisy was such a star and couldn’t resist a selfie!

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