Visitors to our Somerford Park clinic might have noticed we’ve been undergoing some building work recently. We’d be the first to admit that our current clinic was looking a little shabby. We are often very busy, and run out of stables on a regular basis, with nowhere for our clients to sit whilst waiting for their horses, and only one treatment room.
Luckily we’ve been planning our new clinic for a long time and are delighted to see it up and watertight. The new clinic is located about 50 metres away from our current site, and is set within its own grounds behind the Ash arena.
We’re not quite up and running yet. So far, we have all of the internal walls fitted and we’re working on the floors, electrics and plumbing. Still, work is well underway and we’ll be updating you with progress on a regular basis as we get towards completion.
When it’s ready for patients we think our new clinic will be able to provide a great improvement for everyone. We will have an office reception with a waiting room so you can shelter from the weather whilst we are working on our patients. We’ll have double the amount of stables, and two large treatment rooms, with our own dedicated trot up area.
We’ve designed a great new theatre area. Our knockdown and recovery boxes are set on each side of our theatre area, which will allow us our own reserved operating space.
So, we’re really excited! We think that this will offer a great improvement to our facilities, to our patients, and to our visitors.
We can’t wait to show you around! We’ll bring you news of our opening as soon as we have it. In the meantime, you can find out the latest news on our Facebook page. Look for Wright & Morten Equine Clinic. We’ve uploaded a video with some “behind the scenes at the build” footage, and we’ll be looking to update this on a regular basis.
Although we understand our clients would rather not visit the vet, sometimes it’s an inevitability of horse ownership. We think our new facilities will allow us to continue to offer first class care, in updated first class facilities.
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Getting the most out of your visit
To be able to give you the best possible service our vets want to maximise their time with you when on a visit. To assist with this please make sure that your horse is in and ready when the vet arrives. The vet wants to spend the time examining and treating your horse and discussing treatment plans and any concerns you may have. If they are having to wait whilst a reluctant patient is being chased round a field this reduces the time available to do this particularly on a zone visit when time is at a premium.
Now that holiday season is upon us please give us a quick call or drop us an email to let us know who will be looking after your horse or pony whilst you are away and whether they will be authorised to call us out if required. It is useful if we can put details of anyone authorised to call us out on your account as this can save a lot of time in an emergency.
We are aware that some of our clients would prefer to call us on a local number rather than the 08458 number. If that is the case the number to call is 01477 571000
Summer Gastric Ulcers Awareness Campaign
Gastric ulceration is a commonly diagnosed condition and can affect horses performance and wellbeing. As part of XLVets Gastroscopy campaign working with Norbrook we are happy to announce a discount on diagnosis or treatment of gastric ulcers. We are offering £100 off the initial gastroscopic examination or the first week of Peptizole treatment free of charge. Symptoms can include:
-“Girthy” behaviour i.e. unhappy (biting, cow kicking, ears back etc.) being girthed during tacking up, when putting belly straps on rugs and being brushed around lower rib cage area.
-Weight loss, including muscle mass in some cases
-Poor coat condition
-Colic; some horses will get recurrent mild colic episodes if gastric ulceration or irritation is present.
-Poor performance, such as reluctance to go forward or stretch long and low during work.
-Behavioural changes, including aggressive or unhappy behaviour in the stable or every day management.
So any of these signs could be an indication to gastroscope your horse which is the only reliable way to diagnose gastric ulceration. Treatment of gastric ulcer can be very effective and we see many cases which improve dramatically.
Free Laboratory Testing for Cushing's Disease
As many of you know the Talk about Laminitis Initiative helps test horses for PPID (Cushing’s) disease. They fund the laboratory fees for testing horses that have not previously been tested. All horses over 10 years of age are eligible as long as they have not previously been tested and are not on treatment for PPID. It is a great opportunity to test any horse or pony showing signs of Cushing’s which can include:
·Long curly coat or abnormal shedding.
·Fat pads above the eyes
·Increased drinking/ urination
And of course, PPID is a risk factor for Laminitis.
The scheme will run from June until October. If, you have any questions please contact the office or speak to one of our vets.
Blood samples can be taken on our Zone visit days or during a normal appointment. Blood sample collection and P&P cost £25.
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