Arthritis and Joint Pain Management for Your Horse

  Arthritis and Joint Pain Management for Your Horse Introducing 4CYTE™ and EPTALIS® Osteoarthritis (arthritis) is a very complex disease that affects a large proportion of the horse population. Because of this, joint support for horses is extremely important regardless of age, and type of activity you and your horse partake in. Young horses can be affected as well as older horses. Clinical Signs and Symptoms There are two main clinical signs associated with arthritis: pain, exhibited as lameness, and effusion (swelling) of the joint. The two signs do not always occur together initially, but as the condition progresses both become apparent. Lameness may be subtle initially, and may present as the horse being reluctant to perform certain activities/movements, such as refusing jumps, through to overt lameness present at the trot or even at walk. Effusion of the joint results from the accumulation of synovial fluid within the joint, due to increased production and decreased removal. Based upon the severity of the clinical signs, combined with severity of changes on x-rays (radiographs), the most appropriate treatment regime can be developed. Treatment will not reverse the changes present, but is aimed at reducing the rate of progression of the disease, rendering the joint pain-free, and prolonging the athletic career of the horse. The response to treatment can be a very individual horse-thing, so it can take some time to find what treatments and management work best for each individual horse. 4CYTE™ Equine is a one-of-a-kind scientifically proven joint supplementation for the equine industry targeting all key areas of joint function. Epitalis is a patented plant extract with unique properties that...

Chocolate Toxicity

  Chocolate Toxicity Chocolate and Dogs Just Don’t Mix! Our dogs love a tempting treat like chocolate not realising a chocolate treat could kill them! Chocolate contains a product called Theobromine which causes vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity and excitation, muscle tremors, seizures, cardiac (heart) abnormalities, and in severe cases death. The level of Theobromine varies with the type of chocolate, there is more in baking chocolate and dark chocolate than there is in milk chocolates and white chocolates. Also small dogs will become ill with smaller amounts of chocolate As a guide a 5 kilogram dog could develop theobromine poisoning after eating just 80 grams of milk chocolate or 30 grams of dark chocolate or just 10 grams of baking chocolate. No amount of chocolate is safe for your dog! Even the smallest piece can cause serious illness. If your dog eats chocolate seek veterinary attention immediately. We may be able to induce vomiting to prevent absorption of the toxins. If toxic signs have developed the dog is likely to need hospitalisation, intravenous fluids and supportive care for a number of days. So don’t feed your dogs chocolate treats and don’t leave chocolate laying around! If you think your dog has eaten chocolate call your vet immediately on 5561 2255!...

Caring For Older Pets

  Caring For Older Pets As animals age there are numerous changes that occur, many of these changes have no deleterious effects. There are not many pets that become distressed worrying about their gray hair or receding hairlines! On the other hand sometimes aging does cause problems for our pets and they rely on us to detect those problems and help alleviate them. The changes associated with aging are characterised by a gradual reduction in function. Sometimes owners do not recognise how big a problem has become, or how much discomfort their pet is in until the condition is well-advanced. Although many of the changes are irreversible, in most cases we can improve our pet’s quality of life with medication or by making simple changes around the house. If your pet is older than 8 years of age they are at the stage of life where “old age changes” will occur and you should be aware of this. Ideally all pets should have an annual health check, this is usually done at the time of vaccination and it is even more important in older pets. In fact in some cases we may recommend 6 monthly check ups. The other option to consider is routine “Health screening” blood tests. What Should I Watch For? This is a basic checklist that you can use to assess whether or not your pet would benefit from a Veterinary check up. The answer to all of the above questions should be NO! If you have answered YES to any questions above then your should either organise for us to check your pet OR ring us and...

Spinal Surgery Performed at Warrnambool Veterinary

  Spinal Surgery Performed at Warrnambool Veterinary A couple of months ago, a lovely 6 year old miniature Dachshund named Lucy presented to our clinic. She had all the hallmark signs of disc herniation, which dachshunds are prone to. She was bright and alert, but had a painful back that progressed to paralysis. Lucy was unable to walk. She required surgery to remove the disc material that was damaging her spinal cord. As is the norm for this condition, the owner was offered referral to a Specialist veterinary surgeon in Melbourne to perform the delicate surgery. However, due to finances and travel, this was declined by the owner. The small animal team at Warrnambool Veterinary were keen to help Lucy and her owner, so we offered to attempt the surgery here at our clinic in Warrnambool. We believe this is the first ever attempt at spinal surgery in a Warrnambool veterinary clinic. The owner was counselled that we had not performed this procedure before, but our vets did have advanced surgical training, and we were happy to give Lucy a chance of walking again. Anthony Down and Mark Lewis would perform the operation. As luck would have it, on the day of scheduled surgery, a former Warrnambool Veterinary employee Alen Lai came to vist, he is now completing a residency in small animal surgery at North Shore Animal Hospital in Sydney. Alen’s timing was impeccable, and he helped Anthony and Mark perform the Myelogram - injecting dye into the spinal column to identify which disc is affected and also in the Hemilamminectomy – the surgery where a portion of the bony...

New Options For Arthritis Treatment in Dogs

  New Options For Arthritis Treatment in Dogs Arthritis or osteoarthritis is a common condition affecting many dogs and cats. It is more common in older dogs of medium to large breeds, but can affect any animal of any size. Arthritis often develops slowly, and can affect one or any joints. Often in animals it is secondary to conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia or cruciate ligament damage, or can simply be due to wear and tear on the joints due to old age. Signs of Arthritis Signs of arthritis in our pets are many and varied and may include: reduced activity reluctance to walk or play stiffness in the legs (especially in the mornings or after a sleep) difficulty getting up limping / lameness difficulty climbing stairs or jumping into the car lagging behind on walks licking or chewing at the joints yelping in pain when touched personality change (possibly aggression) and reduced appetite. Treatment options for Arthritis Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) have previously formed the basis of pain relief for animals suffering from arthritis. However, a relatively new product called 4CYTE™ has become available for dogs. This product is one of a kind, in that it has been rigorously tested and proven to be as, or more effective than NSAIDs in controlling the symptoms of arthritis. Most importantly however, is that this product has no known side effects, and is therefore the safest treatment option available for arthritis in your canine friend. How does 4CYTE™ work and how is it different to other arthritis treatments? 4CYTE™ is a new generation neutriceutical containing a blend of potent marine...

Colostrum – Monitoring Quality & Prolonging Shelf-life

  Colostrum – Monitoring Quality & Prolonging Shelf Life By Dr Charlie Blackwood A BRIX REFRACTOMETER is the best way to give your calves the best quality colostrums. Read the article below then contact us about buying one. You do need to be shown how to use one. Why do I need One? It is impossible to tell just by looking, how good the colostrums is. High quality colostrums is critical. In the past we have used a Colostrometer to measure quality. Recently a thing called a BRIX REFRACTOMETER has been found to be even better. A refractometer, uses light to measure the quality of the colostrums (and sugar content of grapes, grasses etc in other fields) Advantages of a Brix Refractometer over colostrometer Much more accurate Not affected by temperature Optical ones more robust and compact Using an Optical Refractometer It takes a few attempts, but once you have worked it out, they are easy to use. You put 2 drops of the colostrums onto the glass plate, close the cover, point at the light then look through the eyepiece. You will see a blue line and you look at what number the line is on. The higher the number, the better the colostrums. High readings (>25% Brix) can be a bit blurry to read i.e. the blue-white line is a bit fuzzy. This doesn’t really matter because the low readings are very clear and as long as it’s above 22%Brix, then that is all we are interested in. Prolonging the shelf-life of colostrum In the short-term, if colostrum is not fed within 2 hours of collection it...