05 Sep 2016

Fall News Part II: Medications, Virus, Specials, Charities

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All Points Equine Fall Newsletter Part II

Medications, Diseases, Specials, Charities

We hope everyone survived the blistering heat and humidity of the summer.  Fall is upon us and we have a few updates and events coming up, including support for Louisiana Flood Victims!

Basic Anatomy Review

Fall News Basic Equine Anatomy ReviewHere is a quick review of some basic equine anatomy.  It is helpful for the veterinarian when clients are describing injuries or areas of concern that everyone is on the same page.  Check out this helpful diagram as a refresher!

 

 

 

Equine News – Medications and Diseases

Banamine Shortage

For the foreseeable future Banamine injectable (flunixin meglumine) will not be available at all. Banamine paste is available, and as far as we know it will continue to be. We have a limited stockpile of injectable, but please conserve any banamine that you personally have.  We will update you once further information is available.

Fecals

Don’t forget that the fall is time for your routine fecal egg count to help us customize a plan for your individual horse.  Be sure that it is a fresh sample or kept on ice until we can pick it up or you can drop it off.

Equioxx Tablets Available soon! 

EQUIOXX® (firocoxib) has been the only coxib non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) approved for use in horses. Now, this once-daily treatment to control joint pain and inflammation associated with equine osteoarthritis, is approved by the FDA in tablet form, and will be available in the market early fall.

Recent West Nile Virus Case in the Northeast

A horse in Cayuga County, New York, has died after testing positive for West Nile virus (WNV), the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported.

Fall News West Nile Virus Equine“An unvaccinated 8-year-old stallion was diagnosed with WNV earlier this week,” the EDCC statement said.The EDCC said the owner first noticed clinical signs on July 25. The horse was holding his head in a fixed, low position and developed fever, ataxia (incoordination), and blindness, the statement said. Despite veterinary treatment, the horse’s condition worsened and he was euthanized on July 27. Tests for Eastern equine encephalitis and rabies were negative, the statement said. Be sure your horse is up to date on their West Nile virus vaccine.  For the full article from click here on TheHorse.com.

New Leptospirosis Vaccine!

Zoetis announced the introduction of LEPTO EQ INNOVATOR®, the first and only vaccine licensed for use in horses, six months of age or older, to aid in the prevention of leptospirosis caused by Leptospira interrogans serovar Pomona, known as L. pomona.  A recent study supported by Zoetis showed 75% of healthy horses have been exposed to at least one leptospiral serovar. 69% of horses in Pennsylvania were found to have had exposure to the bacteria.  Infections with Leptospira can cause uveitis and abortions. Horses are exposed to the bacteria by coming in contact with infected urine from animals that are shedding the organism. Cows, dogs, skunks, rats, raccoons, opossums, and deer can all be reservoirs for infection. The vaccination has proven to be safe and effective in trials. It has been used in foals as young as 3 months old and in pregnant mares in their second trimester.  Some farms may benefit from vaccination against this bacterium. If you have a pregnant mare or want to discuss if your horse is at risk, please see the Zoetis website or contact us to see if vaccination may be for you!

Reminders from our Falls Newsletter 2016 Part I

Alternative Services Discount

To keep your animal athletes at the top of their game, we are offering 10% off chiropractic, acupuncture and massage services during the months of September and October.  Book early to take advantage of this deal!

Dental Services Special

We are happy to offer this annual deal again.  Take 10% off of any dental procedures in the months of October and November when paid at time of service.  Yearly dentistry visits are essential to be sure your horse’s mouth is in the best possible shape.

Wine and Learn Client Education Seminar           

Join us to learn about Health Care and Nutrition for the Senior Horse presented by Boehringer Ingelheim and Purina Nutrition.  We will be hosting this event on October 13th at 7 pm at Blue Mountain Winery in New Tripoli.  Wine, appetizers, door prizes and knowledge will be provided.  Please RSVP as space is limited to Sue by Friday October 7th by calling 610.351.1404 or emailing info@allpointsequine.com

Approved Charities for the Drive:

  1. LA State Animal Response Team: This group is aiding in rescue, emergency first aid, transportation, and relocation of all animals in the disaster area.
  2. AAEP Foundation: This organization is providing financial support for veterinary care of stranded and rescued horses.
  3. Visit the LAVOAD website to donate Feed, Pet Food, and Supplies. Please email flooddonations2016@gmail.com if you would like to donate supplies directly to an organization.
  • *Money donations are preferable do to the large amount of man power it takes to sort and distribute item donations as they arrive, especially if unexpected.

Numerous animal shelters have been hit hard by the flood and are now overwhelmed and under prepared. Many have Amazon Wish Lists that can be accessed through this link for GlobalAnimal.org

We hope to see everyone at our education event and wish everyone a safe and wonderful fall riding season!  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at info@allpointsequine.com or call us at 610.351.1404

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