08 Jan 2018

Winter 2018 News, Exotic Tick Info, Specials, and More

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Your Winter 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year! 2018 has certainly started off with quite a show of cold blustery weather and lots of white stuff. It is hard to believe that the show and riding season will soon be in full swing! With that goal in mind, here is some important information on a new tick, wellness specials, and more!

EXOTIC TICK SPECIES FOUND IN NJ

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) has confirmed the finding of the exotic Asian tick, otherwise known as the Longhorned Longhorned Asian Tick aka Bush Tick Winter 2018 News with All Points EquineTick or Bush Tick on a farm in Hunterdon County, NJ on November 9, 2017. This tick is a dark brown color and grows to a pea size when fully engorged. Larval and nymph stages are hard to see. Adults are mainly seen in the early summer, larvae in the late summer to early winter, and nymphs in the spring. These ticks are serious pests to livestock, including cattle, horses, deer, sheep, and goats, as well as in wildlife, pets, and people in New Zealand. This tick can cause decreased growth rates and anemia, and in cattle, can transmit Theileriosis which can cause anemia and death. State and federal agencies have treated the premise where the tick was located and are monitoring the surrounding areas for further emergence of the parasite. We will keep you posted on any new developments.

FEBRUARY SPECIALS – ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

We are running our yearly chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage special for the month of February. Take 10% off these services to get your athlete tuned up and ready for show season! Call our office for an appointment or with any questions at 610.351.1404

HEALTH CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

Please be aware that the state of Pennsylvania has become more stringent with health certificate requirements. The certificate must be completed and issued within exactly 10 days from the examination. This means that all testing (like Coggins), contact information for owner, transporter, destination and shipping date must be delivered to our office within those 10 days. It is imperative that all of your testings be completed BEFORE the health certificate exam to avoid additional lab charges or extra farm calls and exams. Be aware that some states also require permit numbers that can take additional time to obtain. Please plan ahead and contact us if you have any questions at 610-351-1404 or info@allpointsequine.com.

PRESCRIPTIONS

Those patients that are on long-term treatment for chronic conditions (Cushings Disease, arthritis, etc.) are on medications that we have Equine prescriptions through VetSource with All Points Equineutilized outside pharmacies for. Please remember to keep track of your medication and refill amounts and times, especially if we change the dosage of the drug. The winter months can mean shipping delays due to extreme weather, so do not wait until the last minute to refill! Also note that it is the law that in order to prescribe or refill medications, we must have a valid client-patient-doctor relationship, meaning we need to have seen the animal (patient) in the preceding 6-12 months. Note that many of these medications are not in our regular stock so may not be immediately available from our office.
2018 is off to a great but cold start! Remember to keep the water unfrozen and the hay racks full for all of our furry friends outside! We hope to see you when we can feel our fingers and toes again! Don’t forget to like our Facebook page to stay informed of current health updates and important practice news!

Happy New Year!

Your Doctors and Staff of All Points Equine

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