26 Oct 2021
Animals hearing, generally speaking is far more acute than humans. Loud noises such as those produced by fireworks – bangs and whistles, can cause actual pain in the ears of animals. It is for this reason that your pet may show increasing levels of anxiety during firework season and become scared when fireworks are around. By following a few simple steps you can help reduce your pets suffering during this stressful time.
15 Oct 2021
Probiotics – or good bacteria – are live organisms which live in your dogs gut. These beneficial bacteria play a number or roles which support your dogs’ general digestive health. This includes assisting in food digestion, producing key vitamins, reducing the pH of the gut, produce enzymes, produce fatty acids which discourage growth of harmful bacteria as well as producing serotonin which influences mood.
15 Sep 2021
To keep your horse or pony healthy and happy their diets should be based predominantly on forage e.g. hay or haylage. Feeding a natural diet high in fibre and low in starch have been shown to reduce the risk of common issues such as gastric ulcers and laminitis, whilst also improving behaviour and reducing excitability.
07 Sep 2021
Horse First Aid – BandagingIncorrectly applied bandages can be dangerous and in many cases it would be preferable to not bandage rather than have the bandages applied incorrectly. If you are in any doubt about how to apply bandages correctly then we would always advise speaking with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that bandages are applied correctly.
02 Sep 2021
Faecal worm egg counts are invaluable as they enable horse owners to determine whether or not their animal requires treatment. This means that instead of blanket worming all horses; only those which require treatment are given wormer.
28 Aug 2021
Laminitis in HorsesAround 1 in 10 horses/ponies will be affected by Laminitis[i] every year which can cause permanent damage to the hoof. Any horse, pony, donkey or their hybrids can be affected and the problem can occur at any time of the year.
28 Aug 2021
Mud Fever In HorsesWith increasingly wet winter and spring periods across the UK horses are becoming more and more at risk from developing mud fever. Mud fever causes irritation, soreness and scabs which form on the lower part of the leg. Mud fever is also commonly referred to as dermatitis, cracked heels or greasy heels. You may also see matting of the hair on the leg in affected horses.
27 Aug 2021
Why YuMOVE is great for your pet’s jointsAs the UK’s only clinically proven joint supplement brand, YuMOVE are on a mission to give pets active lives, for life. With 15 years of joint expertise under their belt, they’re devoted to soothing stiff joints in dogs, cats and horses.In this article, we’ll give you the rundown on YuMOVE, their different products and how they help your pet. We’ve also pulled together some handy hints to keep their joints happy and healthy with YuMOVE.
25 Aug 2021
How to Take Care of Your Dogs TeethOral hygieneis just as important for your pet as it is for you. Just the same as humans, if your dog’s teeth are not cleaned regularly, plaque will build up on the teeth and gums. Plaque is a type of bacteria which produce an acid which, over time eats into the surface of the teeth. This leads to the formation of painful tooth cavities as well as gum problems and ultimately can lead to tooth loss.
19 Aug 2021
Back to work post Covid? Helping your pet cope with separation anxiety.Separation related behaviour – often known as separation anxiety – is behaviour which only happens when the pet is separated from the owner usually because the pet is feeling distressed. Some behaviour will be easy to spot; such as telltale destructive behaviour, howling or barking or soiling. However, other signs may be less obvious such as pacing, whining etc. In fact, research suggests 80% of dogs will find it hard to cope when left alone but owners will never notice. In order to be sure we would suggest filming your dog when it is left home alone.
05 Aug 2021
Horses & Fly NuisanceThere are a number of flies which affect horses; midges, black fly, bot fly, horse fly, crab fly as well as stable and house fly. These flies can either cause problems by being nuisance surface feeders – found generally around the eyes and mouth where secretions are produced; or biting flies which possess mouth parts which puncture the skin, or in the case of horse flies even slash the skin surface.
29 Jul 2021
Dogs can easily pick up worms without the owner even realising – it is important that these parasites are not ignored simply because you do not realise your animal has become infected. The most common types of worm to affect dogs in the UK are roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm and whipworm. These species of worm not only cause issues for pets, they can also pass disease to humans so it is vital they do not go untreated.
24 Jul 2021
Often even after treating with a suitable flea treatment you will still see flea’s on your animal. However, this does not mean that the treatment has not worked or that the fleas are immune – the reasons are fairly simple
19 Jul 2021
Sweet Itch is a common issue for horses and the incessant itching it causes can lead horses to self-harm.
16 Jul 2021
Encysted stages of small redworm are one of the most dangerous parasite threats to horses, yet almost 1 in 5 horse owners have never even heard of them[i]. The parasite is picked up while the horse grazes and will then burrow into the gut wall to form a cyst (encysted stage). This can lead to potentially serious problems such as diarrhoea and if the burden is large enough even fatal colic.
16 Jul 2021
Bots, the insect larvae of the bot fly, are common parasites found within the stomach of horses. Unfortunately an infestation of bot fly larvae will not show up in a faecal worm egg count, so it is difficult to know whether or not your horse is affected.
28 Jun 2019
Dogs can quickly and fatally overheat not only are most of them covered in thick hair they also cannot sweat so to keep cool they must rely on panting and releasing heat through the pads on their paws.
14 May 2019
it is not just about using horse wormersReducing the risk of parasitic disease is achieved by keeping the worm burden low. Younger horses are in greater danger of parasitic disease.
26 Jul 2016
Frontline Plus is a NEW double action flea treatment from Merial Animal Health. The same as Frontline Combo, which is still only available with a written veterinary prescription, Frontline Plus is available as an over the counter medication.
10 Jun 2016
Flies, mosquitoes and midges are not good news for your horse. At best they bring considerable stress and bother, causing lumps, swellings, sores, rashes and itchy skin.
18 Mar 2016
An outbreak of Babesiosis in Harlow Essex has dog owners throughout the country concerned for well being of their dogs and has sparked fears that the deadly disease could spread throughout the country. Babesiosis is spread by the American dog tick.
26 Feb 2016
COOPERS GUT EQUALISE Is a prebiotic and postbiotic paste to maintain normal digestive function in horses or help to establish normal digestive bacteria in foals. It is packed in oral syringes.COOPERS GUT SUPPORT consists of Prebiotic and Postbiotic pellets to be fed either with feed or alone. It is especially useful during long spells of disturbance to the large intestineCOOPERS GUT ASSIST is a powder once again containing Prebiotic and Postbiotics plus smectite, which is a natural clay with adsorbent properties.
26 Feb 2016
Horse & Country TV’s informative Vet Essentials episode on worm control in horses is being aired again this spring. Watching it is an easy and entertaining way to learn everything you need to know about worming your horse to keep him healthy.
25 Feb 2016
SWEET-ITCH – THE FACTSThis condition is caused by an allergic reaction to saliva from the Culicoides midge. It results in intense itching so the horse will try to rub the affected area against stables or walls which may worsen the condition or cause wounds that can become infected.
25 Feb 2016
25 Feb 2016
The Royal Veterinary College and Austin Davis Biologics Ltd, providers of EquiSal Tapeworm testing, have been awarded a research grant by Petplan Charitable Trust for a project entitled: "Improved control of the equine tapeworm, Anoplocephala, through new insights into the biology of the oribatid mite intermediate host.”
22 Feb 2016
Hurtta Size GuideMEASURING THE DOG 1. The back length should be measured from the withers (not the collar) to the base of the tail, while the dog is standing in normal position.
22 Feb 2016
Horses are prone to attack from many species of fly, including the midge Cullicoides, which are irritating to the horse and can cause disease such as Sweet Itch. Horses are not only at risk of fly related diseases such as dermatitis, pruritic (itchy) conditions, lumps and skin lesions, they are likely to become stressed and uncomfortable in the summer fly season. Flies can also carry other parasites, which can infect the horse. Horses can also be affected by lice. Lice typically cause itching of the head, neck and flanks, and usually appear in the winter. This can lead to hair loss and self trauma, and if the infestation is severe it can cause anaemia and make the horse susceptible to other disease.
18 Feb 2016
Canine arthritis is similar to osteo-arthritis in humans and can affect both mature and younger dogs. Joints become inflamed and painful which in turn leads to reluctance to exercise and stiffness. As the disease can progress slowly the first signs noticed may be problems in getting into cars or getting up in the morning. Early diagnosis is important to avoid unnecessary discomfort and may help to slow down further joint deterioration.
18 Feb 2016
UNDERSTANDING THYROID PROBLEMS IN DOGS & CATSCats may suffer from over production of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism) in later life. The signs of this include weight loss plus restlessness and a poor often matted coat.
18 Feb 2016
UNDERSTANDING CUSHINGS DISEASE & SYNDROME IN DOGS and HORSES.These are conditions where excessive amounts of glucocorticoids are produced. Strictly speaking Cushing’s Disease is where a pituitary tumour stimulates an increased output of hormones from the adrenal cortex whilst Cushings Syndrome is where this occurs without a pituitary tumour but the symptoms are identical. These conditions are very rare in cats.
18 Feb 2016
Zylkene pet advice for fireworks.From building dens to not scolding your pets. Loads of helpful advice for pet owners.
17 Feb 2016
Joint SupplementsThese are often used either alone or in conjunction with prescription medicines and sometimes permit dosages of these to be reduced. Most of these products contain Glucosamine sometimes combined with Collagen or Chondroitin.
17 Feb 2016
SOLVING FLEA & TICK PROBLEMSThe problem ?Millions of pounds are spent every year on insecticidal drops which apparently do not work although they are medicines fully licensed with governments throughout the world.
11 Feb 2016
Supplements are widely used when dogs or horses develop stiffness in their joints and a goodsupplement will help maintain healthy joints and freedom of movement. It may also delay the need for “prescription” medications or allow the dose of these to be reduced.
10 Feb 2016
Don't let Encysted Small Redworm creep up on you.Encysted small redworm larvae can remain hidden in the wall of the horses gut and can account for 90% of the redworm burden in a horse.
10 Feb 2016
Following on from our successful webinar on horse wormers and strategic worm control we are please to introduce a new webinar on horse fly control produced by Hyperdrug and Zoetis the makers of Equest, Pramox and Deosect.
23 Oct 2015
Weather conditions this autumn are already leading to numerous outbreaks of Mud Fever in horses. This is usually attributed to the bacteria D.Congolensis which is also implicated in “rain scald” and carried and spread by horses and cattle.
18 Sep 2015
As we approach tapeworm time it is important to remember that although traditionally the time to worm for this parasite have been around October and March it does not really matter when you treat as long as you do so roughly 6 months apart. The reason spring and autumn have been the times to use tapeworm horse wormers is to avoid re-infestation by the mite that infests horses with tapeworm. Modern theory is this mite is around and ingested by horses throughout the year so it does not really matter when the horse is wormed. However a great deal of worming programmes, and a lot of horse owners specify to worm horses for tapeworm in autumn and spring.
08 Sep 2015
Recently Hyperdrug in conjunction with Zoetis the makers of Equest and Pramox created a webinar which was broadcast live to horse owners to help provide the knowledge needed to help maintain your horses health. This webinar contains the latest information on worming and horse wormers which highlights out of date methods of worm control as well as key information on worm control planning. As well as identifying the most important parasites that affect horses.
01 Sep 2014
Zoetis the makers of Pramox and Equest have made some changes to two of their horse wormers.Pramox and Equest are now in tubes to treat horses up to 700kg in weight.
06 Feb 2014
Latest news on horse wormers is that Equest Pramox a tapeworm and redworm treatment for horses made by Zoetis is now licensed for breeding, pregnant and lactating mares.
23 Oct 2013
Small Redworms (small strongyles) are the most common and harmful worms found in horses and whilst mostwormers are effective against adult worms the larvae can become “encysted” after tunneling into the gut wall.The stages of small redworms are
07 Aug 2013
Our article on Ragwort has produced much interest and comment and several misconceptions have been aired. The point has been made by horse owners that the plant should be exterminated and by naturalists that it should be encouraged as an important host for the cinnabar moth.
06 Jul 2013
When dogs or cats are overweight this can lead to health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Arthritis can also be worsened by the inflammatory effects of obesity.
21 Jun 2013
Roundworms from dogs and cats are responsible for an infection in people called toxocariasis caused by roundworm eggs in dogs and cats poo being swallowed and can, in rare cases, the roundworm larvae may infect organs such as the liver, lungs, eyes or brain and the symptoms may be severe
17 Jun 2013
How can I tell if my dog has worms?Worms are rarely passed in faeces. Occasionally tapeworm segments which look like grains of rice may be seen or roundworm which is a long white worm can be found in faeces. Eggs are commonly found in stools but are really too small to see.
15 Jun 2013
It is quite rare for worms to be passed through faeces, but occasionally a roundworm can be passed, and these will be seen as quite long worms which some people can mistake for tapeworm however this is incorrect as tapeworm will look like grains of rice. As cats are hunters they may acquire other species of tapeworm which may be in long chains- individual flat segments of which may sometimes be passed
13 Jun 2013
Fleas can cause irritation where they bite and can make your cat or dog itchy. So look for signs of excessive grooming, such as licking or scratching. This can lead to sore, red skin which in turn can in turn lead to bald patches; and if the skin has been broken could result in a skin infection. These bald patches are commonly on the back but can appear around their head and belly too.
11 Jun 2013
“My dog does not have fleas”This was the indignant reaction from my sister in law when I mildly suggested that the collection of bites in the classic ‘flea bite cluster’ on my 3 year old sons leg could have some connection with her own baby, a Bichon Frise, by the name of Harry.
07 Jun 2013
A lot of pet owners do not realise the link between fleas and worms but it is actually the flea that is the cause of most common tapeworm in both cats and dogs.While farm and country dogs may have a potential increased risk of exposure to animal carcasses making the need for them to be treated more frequently for tapeworm with either Drontal for dogs or our own Easimax dog wormer no pet can be truly isolated. This means that even cats that are kept indoors can be infected with tapeworm from fleas.
11 Jan 2013
Do I need to worm my horse?Yes a horse wormer schedule is essential, it is possible to reduce the frequency at which one worms ones horse, but only through excellent pasture strategy; worm tests and their correct interpretation However within your programme you always need to worm for encysted small red worm in autumn through to the back end of winter, and of course for tapeworm if you have not done so for six months, it is also wise to worm a new horse entering the yard, and if you do use a FWEC if the results are over 200 epg.
06 Nov 2012
A new alert system has been launched to inform veterinary professionals and dog owners of reported cases of parvo virus.
05 Nov 2012
As we approach the festive season Hyperdrug is warning owners against feeding dogs chocolate.It is not obesity that is the concern but one of the ingredients found in chocolate called theobremine which is toxic in pets.
01 Sep 2012
Q. My Vet has never offered me a prescription.A.Unfortunately this is not unusual despite the efforts of the Royal College ofVeterinary Surgeons to ensure Vets obey their legal & professional obligationsYour solution is to “remind” any vet who “forgets” to offer a prescription.
09 Aug 2012
Two million pet rabbits may have a fatal disease?It is estimated that up to four million pet rabbits are kept in the UK and over half of these may have beeninfected by E.Cuniculi
01 Aug 2012
If your pet is still scratching after using flea drops they may have developed an allergy to flea dust which may last for months after the fleas have gone. Insecticides are not a treatment for allergies. In severe cases steroids may be used to control the itching.
31 Jul 2012
Dogs and cats are not the only pets to suffer from worms, E cuniculi is a particularly nasty parasite that infects rabbits. It is estimated that half of all pet rabbits have been exposed to this potentially fatal parasite. Infection is spread by urine or between baby rabbits and their mothers.
31 Jul 2012
Under-dosing horse wormers can lead to resistance, this is because if a horse is given a lower than indicated dose not all of the worms are killed, so the worms that survive may and become more tolerant to the drug in the wormer.
30 Jul 2012
Puppies are born with roundworms which even regular worming throughout their lives will not eliminate completely. Worms pass across the placenta from the bitch before pups are born as well as in the milk while feeding from their mother.Effective worming of the pregnant bitch will greatly reduce the number of worms passed.Here are a number of questions that we are asked:
28 Jul 2012
Ticks are in greater numbers in spring and autumn but can be found where temperatures are above 3.5 degrees centigrade any time of the year. It is a common misconception that they jump or fly they simply attach themselves to passing animals; which is why low level pets such as dogs or cats are at an increased risk.
28 Jul 2012
Horses can find all sorts of situations distressing, young horses can often nervous getting into a trailer for the first time, and sometimes they just never get over it, becoming more and more upset as they get older. While other horses just hate the vet or going to events.If you have tried your luck at horse whispering and failed a new product may help.
28 Jul 2012
There are lots of good reasons for worming your dog or cat, but in this article we will look at one of the most important aspects; the health of ourselves and our kids.Certain diseases can be passed from animals to people, this is called zoonosis, meaning some parasites or worms can be passed from your pet to people and this can be dangerous, especially to children or pregnant women.
27 Jul 2012
The way the drug industry works is that when drugs are new, the drug company that developed them has a patent, that means that no one else can copy them and sell them. This is fair enough, the company that made them has had to spend loads of money developing the drug, licensing it and marketing it; they need to recoup this back. But what happens when the patent runs out?
16 Feb 2012
The problemMillions of pounds are spent every year on insecticidal flea drops which apparently do not work although they are medicines licensed with governments throughout the world.