TORRENTIAL RAIN EQUALS RAIN SCALD AND GREASY HEEL

With the torrential rain and dismal weather we have seen in the past month, cases of rain scald and greasy heel will be a common appearance once again. Let’s take a closer look at both of these conditions. Rain scald (dermatophilosis) is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus congolensis and is usually seen after prolonged periods of rain. Some horses seem to be predisposed to the condition and tend to get it repeatedly whilst others may be affected […]

STUD SEASON

The team at SHEC provides routine stud veterinary services throughout the Southern Highlands region to breeders and studs both large and small. SHEC provides the following reproductive services: Emergency services including assisted foaling and correction of dystocia, neonatal resuscitation and care, and intensive care of the peri-parturient mare. Routine stud services o   Routine stud services include follicle scanning, ovulation timing, early pregnancy diagnosis, infertility investigations, treatment of endometritis, twin ablations, abortion investigations, problem mare investigations, foaling assistance, newborn foal check and […]

NEW TO SHEC – EQUINOSIS Q LAMENESS LOCATOR

The team at SHEC are thrilled to announce that we have an exciting new piece of equipment! To provide the best service and care for our clients beloved horse, SHEC now has an Equinosis Q lameness locator for precision lameness measurement! The Equinosis Q lameness locator allows the veterinarians at SHEC to objectively measure lameness in horses with non-invasive inertial sensors. The lameness locator is not a substitute for veterinary lameness examinations however, it is a valuable aid for equine […]

A BUSH FIRE SURVIVAL PLAN FOR YOUR HORSE

As the weather continues to heat up, with little rain forecast and extreme fire risk conditions set to continue, the threat of bushfire is real and a survival plan for your horse a must. Don’t put yourself and others at risk by attempting to rescue your horse, livestock or other pets at the last minute.  Last minute decisions may end in tragedy.  Give everyone, including your horse, the greatest chance of survival by preparing a Bush Fire Survival Plan with […]

HOW HORSES WORK: THE BLOOD

How Horses Work: The Blood The average 500kg horse has roughly 40 litres of blood. Plasma, the liquid portion, makes up roughly 55% and cells comprise the remainder. The cells are mostly red blood cells, with a smaller number of white blood cells and platelets. But what do they all do? The main function of red blood cells, which are also called erythrocytes, is the transport of oxygen from the alveoli in the lungs to the organs, muscles and other […]

LEG WOUNDS – IT’S NOT JUST SIZE THAT MATTERS

Wounds in horses are extremely common and a lot of the time they are only minor. But there are many synovial structures (joints and tendon sheaths) in the lower limb with very little protection from overlying tissues, so even tiny wounds in this area can be extremely serious. If a wound introduces bacteria into a synovial structure, these bacteria can colonise very quickly causing inflammation and increased pressure within the joint which rapidly becomes very painful. Severe lameness can be suggestive […]