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... read more

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!... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Correct Weight Case Study

  Correct Weight Case Study By Phil Keegan Correct Weight is a dairy heifer monitoring program that measures the growth and performance of heifers from weaning to joining. Combined with strategic animal health and nutritional advice, findings and recommendations are made in an easy to read one page report after each visit to the farm. Once weaned from milk, many calves struggle to reach their potential. By not achieving their growth targets, milk production, reproduction and longevity in the herd is compromised. Over many years Warrnambool Veterinary have monitored heifer growth rates. Having heifers reaching Target Weights at joining doesn’t happen by chance, it takes planning. Holding heifers in the back paddock or at the out paddock, checking them for water and moving them once a fortnight is a recipe for small, sexually immature heifers. These heifers are a dairy farmers future herd, they need to be given every chance to achieve their genetic potential, staying in the herd for longer producing high volumes of milk and getting back in calf regularly. Pat & Trish Shanahan along with Trevor & Sarah Shanahan of Toolong operate a medium size dairy farm calving from mid-April onwards with a predominantly Friesian herd with some Xbreds. Their calf rearing system is simple, milk twice a day for 2 weeks then once a day with access to calf muesli, straw and fresh water. Once weaned they continue to have access to some supplements and high quality pasture. In late summer of 2014, after discussion with their vet Dr Charlie Blackwood, they recognized their heifers were not reaching suitable joining weights and were entering the... read more

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