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 intestine
COOPERS GUT ASSIST is a powder once again containing Prebiotic and Postbiotics plus smectite, which is a natural clay with adsorbent properties.
SWEET-ITCH – THE FACTS
This 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
One of the most common problems in the development of wormer resistance in the agricultural industry is the inaccurate use of the licensed medicines used to treat parasites in cattle and sheep.
One of the most popular formulations of wormers for worming cattle are pour-on applications due to their ease of use. However, it is important to still use these products accurately. Merial have produced this tutorial video to show best practice when using pour on products on cattle.
Supplements are widely used when dogs or horses develop stiffness in their joints and a good
supplement 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.
We have some handy charts for working out the correct dosage of Panacur for adult cats and dogs as well as pregnant bitches.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to all who entered our RockFish Competition.
Our winner was randomly selected and we are happy to announce our winner is: Julia Beresford
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.
Small Redworms (small strongyles) are the most common and harmful worms found in horses and whilst most
wormers are effective against adult worms the larvae can become “encysted” after tunneling into the gut wall.
The stages of small redworms are
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.
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
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.
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
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.
“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.
We are asked often at Hyperdrug: Are egg counts for horses worth it?
As with all simple questions the answer is often more complicated! While egg counts for horses can be a useful tool to monitor how effective some aspects of worm control are, and can help to safeguard equine health they do not detect all worms. Examples of these worms are tapeworm in horses, pin worms and the small encysted redworm because eggs from these do not appear in the horses dung. These worms are important to treat as when encysted redworms emerge they can cause massive internal bleeding which may lead to death. Pinworms can cause intense irritation and tapeworms are a common cause of colic.
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.
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.
Q. My Vet has never offered me a prescription.
A.Unfortunately this is not unusual despite the efforts of the Royal College of
Veterinary Surgeons to ensure Vets obey their legal & professional obligations
Your solution is to “remind” any vet who “forgets” to offer a prescription.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?