Special Offer throughout September and October – £10 Off Dental Rasping

We recommend that all horses undergo a dental examination at least once a year.  Some horses such as those expected to perform at a high level and those with specific dental abnormalities might benefit from more frequent examinations.

Our vets have all received full dentistry training during their time at University and are more than happy to carry out dental treatment on your horse. In addition they can also administer drugs such as sedatives, local anaesthetics and pain killer drugs allowing safer more comfortable treatment. Rasping can also be combined with one of our £10 Zone Visits making us very competitively priced as well as additional discounts if your horse is a member of our Equine Healthcare Plan. Why not call us to find out more!

Gastroscope Clinics – Special Offer

Gastroscope Clinics

Milbourn Equine offer twice monthly gastroscope clinics at Benenden and Ashford (Sevington), where you can book in to bring your horse along for a gastroscope at a reduced price.

How do I arrange for my horse to be Gastroscoped?

Gastroscopy can be carried out at our clinics in Ashford (Sevington) and Benenden. Horses must be starved prior to the procedure in order to ensure that the stomach is empty. In order to facilitate this it is possible to have your horse admitted to the clinic the day before the procedure (Ashford clinic only). To arrange an appointment or to discuss your horse’s symptoms with a vet please contact one of the clinics.

If you decide to admit your horse on the day of the procedure you must:

  • Give your horse their last feed at 6pm the night before
  • Stabled on inedible bedding
  • Remove hay and feed bucket after last feed
  • Water must be taken away as early as possible on the morning of the procedure
  • No hay net whilst travelling to the clinic

Please remember to bring your horse’s bridle with you when bringing your horse to the clinic.

  Gastroscopy Information Booklet

Benenden Dates 2018:

  • 6th June
  • 4th July
  • 1st August
  • 29th August
  • 26th September
  • 24th October
  • 21st November
  • 19th December

Sevington Dates 2018:

  • 5th June
  • 3rd July
  • 7th August
  • 4th September
  • 2nd October
  • 6th November
  • 4th December

Clinic Gastroscope Days Special Offer

First Timers £150.00 including sedation for horses being scoped for the first time

£200.00 for all other horses

Please note: Any medication or hospitalisation if needed will be extra

Scoping in your yard is also available by appointment – please ring for details

Gastric Ulcer Awareness Month – October

Since the first Gastric Ulcer Awareness Month in 2007, awareness of equine ulcers among horse owners appears to have increased significantly. However, it is believed that many horses and ponies are still going undiagnosed and untreated, possibly due to the vague and often subtle nature of the clinical signs associated with this disease.
Whilst it’s generally recognised that around 90% of racehorses in training have ulcers, it’s perhaps less well known that about 60%, of performance horses and 40% of leisure horses and ponies are also affected – it would appear that ponies are equally vulnerable to developing ulcers.

Clinical Signs

Due to their vague and non-specific nature, clinical signs are often put down to back pain, behavioural issues or unwillingness to work. Additionally, they vary from one horse to another, and do not always correspond to the severity of the ulcers – some horses appear to be more stoic than others!

The signs include:

• Poor performance
• Picky appetite
• Mild weight loss
• Dull coat
• Colic
• Discomfort on girth tightening
• Salivation and teeth grinding – foals

So why are horses so prone to ulcers?

Horses evolved as ‘trickle feeders’ with free access to light grazing and rest, 24/7, so their stomachs are designed to receive a constant supply of food. Because of this, acid is released into the stomach constantly, regardless of whether or not they are eating. Saliva, which helps to neutralise this acid is, on the other hand, mostly produced when they eat. In contrast, people produce acid only when they eat.

In natural conditions, the horse will have a constant flow of fibrous food. This fills and stabilises the lower part of the stomach, which is more resilient to contact with acid, and prevents acidic stomach juices from making prolonged contact with the more vulnerable upper part of the stomach, which has a different type of lining that is less resistant to acid damage.
With modern stabling and exercise, the risk of the more vulnerable, upper parts of the stomach being exposed to acid is increased. A regular and constant intake of forage will help absorb the acid, whereas restricted intake or a high cereal/low forage diet will make the stomach content very fluid.

Management regimes of many horses can result in relatively long periods with restricted food intake, increasing the risk of contact between acid and the upper part of the stomach, and ulcers can start to form. Also, during exercise, pressure from the abdomen compresses the stomach, which in turn pushes the fluid level to the upper, more vulnerable area.

We also know that training affects gastric acidity, and horses fed the same diet will have higher levels of gastric acid during training than when out of training. Other factors affecting the development of ulcers include travel, separation from peers and solitary confinement. The horse ‘show’ environment can also result in interrupted meals and irregular schedules.


Treatment and prevention 

Examination via gastroscopy is the only definitive way to diagnose ulcers, and studies have shown the most effective treatment is the acid inhibitor, omeprazole, the only active ingredient licensed for the treatment and prevention of equine ulcers. For those horses where the risk factors remain high, due to the training regime for example, studies have shown that an ongoing preventative dose of omeprazole can help prevent the ulcers from returning.

Milbourn Equine Vets regularly hold Gastroscope Clinics and during October we are offering our usual great discounted promotion rates at our Ashford and Benenden clinics on 3rd and 18th October
For first timers – £105.00 including sedation. All other horses – £198.00
N.B. Any medication or hospitalisation if needed will be extra. In addition to this animal health company, Merial are also helping support our Awareness Month and if your horse requires treatment for ulcers Grade 1 and above, we can provide a 4 week course of ulcer treatment for the price of 3.
Please call our Ashford Clinic on 01233 500505 or Hawkhurst on 01580 752301.

For more information on our Gastroscope Clinics click here

Now is the perfect time to castrate your colts!

Now is the perfect time of year to castrate your colts…

We are holding a castration clinic at our Ashford branch on March 27th.

Take advantage of this great reduced price offer of £172

Please call 01233 500505 to book

 

 

VERY IMPORTANT small print

  • Colts must be 2 years old or under and both testicles must be present and correct!
  • If unsure please book a zone visit and pre-castrate examination (£40) prior to the 27th March just to check
  • Colts must be vaccinated against tetanus. Any colt not covered for tetanus will have tetanus antitoxin administered on the day and this is NOT included in the offer price
  • A £50 non-refundable deposit is required when booking
  • A £30 charge will be added if your horse requires an anaesthetic
  • Most boys will need to go home with a short course of antibiotics and pain relief. These are NOT included in the offer price       
  • PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

Special Offer! Dental discount April and May

Dental 1During April & May 2016 we are offering a £5 discount (per horse) on teeth rasping.  Dental treatment is an important part of your horse’s healthcare and we recommend that all horse’s teeth are checked at least once a year. Some horses will need more regular attention if they have dental abnormalities. More info

Special Offer Prices:
Teeth rasping £39 or £34 if performed at the same time as a vaccination
Teeth rasping including sedation £73.50 or £68.50 if performed at the same time as a vaccination

We are happy to check your horse’s teeth and perform routine dental treatment  on a zone visit. Please call us to find out more.

 

Castration Clinic – Tuesday 29th September

95733_1_sNow is the perfect time of year to castrate your colts…

Take advantage of this great reduced price offer of £160

Please call 01233 500505 to book

Tuesday 29th September at our Ashford Clinic in Sevington

PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

VERY IMPORTANT small print

  • Colts must be 2 years old or under and both testicles must be present and correct!
    If unsure please book a zone visit and pre-castrate examination (£40) prior to the 29th September just to check
  • Colts must be vaccinated against tetanus. Any colt not covered for tetanus will have tetanus antitoxin administered on the day and this is NOT included in the offer price
  • A £50 non-refundable deposit is required when booking
  • Most boys will need to go home with a short course of antibiotics and pain relief. These are NOT included in the offer price