Deben Valley Equine

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High House Farm, Birds Lane, Framsden, Stowmarket IP14 6HR

Client Information Sheets

There is a wealth of information in these articles, covering many different conditions, procedures and management practises. Please scroll down to make to sure you don't miss anything.

Latest Information Sheets

Worm Egg Counts - Collecting and Storing Samples Correctly
Storing Samples for Faecal Worm Egg Counts We just need 3g of dung to perform a dung worm egg count on. HOWEVER, to be representative different...
21 May 2018
Dental Caries in the Horse
Image above: Peripheral Caries of the edge of the tooth forming layers of damage. Note how food adheres to the damaged areas and the discolouration of the teeth Quite simply...
15 May 2018
Veteran Horse
Older horses now form a large part of the equine population. As horses age, some body systems start to wear out. Going into winter, the veteran requires extra care. ...
15 Apr 2018


Vetting (Pre Purchase examination) - What is required
Information Required Horse- We need the horse’s name, date of birth, colour, sex and breed/type. We also need to know what the horse’s job...
04 Feb 2018
Vettings - What Does a Vetting (Pre-Purchase Exam) Involve?
Examination of Horses Prior to Purchase The purchase of any horse involves you in the taking of a risk; no horse is risk free and at best we...
05 Feb 2018
Tying Up (Exertional Rhabdomyolysis)
Historically known as Monday Morning disease, ER is most often seen in horses following exertion, such as racehorses, hunters and endurance horses, but can occur in any horse. We...
23 Jan 2018
Lameness - A Gallop Through Lameness Investigations
Horses coming in for lameness investigations at the clinic may have several different procedures undertaken to try and pin-point the cause of lameness. These commonly include: Physical...
03 Oct 2017

A-Z Information Sheets

Acupuncture is a treatment which involves the stimulation of specific points in the body, usually by the insertion of very fine, pre-sterilised, stainless steel needles. This...
16 Jan 2018
Artificial Insemination
The actual procedure of Artificial Insemination (or AI) is very straightforward. However, meticulous planning and preparation is required before this point to maximise the...
17 Jan 2018
Back Problems in the Horse
Back problems in the horse are relatively common.  Horses can get primary back problems, but secondary back problems caused by other diseases are much more common.  For this...
17 Jan 2018
Career Advice - So You Want to be a Vet?
If you’re reading this article then chances are, like myself, you’ve thought being a vet is what you want to do from a young age. I’m going to try and help guide you through...
01 Mar 2018
Case Discussions
Case discussions are carried out nearly every week at Deben Valley Equine Vet Clinic. All vets sit down together and work through the list of cases seen during the previous...
17 Jan 2018
Castration - Colt Castration Notes
Information About the Procedure Usually performed from six months of age. Prevents undesirable ‘stallion’ behaviour if performed before maturity...
17 Jan 2018
Castration - Colt Castration Post-Op Notes
Your colt has had both testicles removed and the two large scrotal skin wounds have been left open for drainage. Please do not clean these wounds nor apply anything to them....
17 Jan 2018
Coughing Horse / Dust Free Management
Dust free management is good practice but essential with all coughing horses and in addition it can greatly reduce the drug bill too! The idea: to reduce the amount of dust...
17 Jan 2018
Cushing's Disease (PPID)
Equine Cushing's Disease (ECD) is caused by a benign tumour called a pituitary adenoma developing in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain, causing an excessive amount...
19 Jan 2018
Dental Caries in the Horse
Image above: Peripheral Caries of the edge of the tooth forming layers of damage. Note how food adheres to the damaged areas and the discolouration of the teeth Quite simply...
15 May 2018
Regular dental checks should be part of your horse or pony's routine preventative medicine program along side vaccination and worming. Dental checks should be performed a...
20 Jan 2018
Drugs - Tips for Feeding Medicines to your horse
Tips for Feeding Medicines Sometimes even the greediest horse can decide not to eat the medicine in its feed, there are a few things you can...
01 Apr 2018
Equine Metabolic Syndrome
EMS is present in horses, ponies or donkeys that have a combination of characteristics including obesity, insulin resistance, high blood pressure and genetic predisposition....
23 Jan 2018
Euthanasia - Time To Say Goodbye
Sadly for all of us who own and look after horses, sad days involving the loss of a horse are inevitable. Sometimes events are taken out of our hands but whenever possible...
14 Feb 2018
First Aid Tips
Wounds Cold hose with clean running water. Use diluted hibiscrub / poviiodine if dirty. You can apply wound gel (e.g....
04 Feb 2018
Fitness Notes
Deben Valley Equine Vet Clinic were extremely fortunate to be able to welcome Dr David Marlin, an equine physiology consultant to our evening talk on October 14th 2010. Over...
24 Jan 2018
Foaling Protocol
1. Tetanus vaccine for mare 1 month before foaling 2. Other vaccines as listed previously (EHV, Influenza +/- rotavirus) 3. Ivermectin wormer for mare on day of foaling to...
26 Jan 2018
Gastric Ulcers - Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS)
Anatomy The stomach of the horse is small compared to other species, its capacity is only 10-15 litres. The stomach sits in the abdomen beneath...
21 Jan 2018
Glaucoma is an uncommon eye condition of the horse. In the dog and man, it is extremely painful and very obvious at the onset. However, in the horse the signs can be very...
26 Jan 2018
Grazing Muzzles - A Guide To Grazing Muzzles
Grazing muzzles can be a very useful tool to help diet horses, particularly if reducing turn-out time is not an option or is already minimal. It is important, however, to...
19 Feb 2018
Herpes - Equine Herpes Virus
Equine herpes virus (EHV) is a contagious viral infection which can cause respiratory disease, abortions and neurological disease. There are two different types of EHV which...
22 Jan 2018
Herpes & abortion - Guidelines to Decrease the Risk of EHV1 Infection in Pregnant Mares
Equid Herpesvirus (EHV) is very common – more than 75% of horses have been exposed at some point in their lives. Young horses are especially susceptible. Horses can become...
19 Feb 2018
Influenza - Equine Influenza '(Flu)
Equine influenza is an economically important contagious respiratory disease of horses resulting from infection with influenza A viruses of the H7N7 or H3N8 subtype. The disease...
22 Jan 2018
Insurance Tips - Top Tips for Equine Insurance
Check how much vet fee cover your policy provides. They vary between £1 - 5,000. £5,000 would be our minimum recommendation; a few policies offer up to £10,000 or just extra...
18 Feb 2018
Joint Supplement
Nutraquin+ for Horses 450g Sprinkle Powder Deben Valley Equine are pleased to stock a NEW Nutritional joint support for horses, containing the...
18 Feb 2018
A Brief Guide to Laminitis Causes, Management and Practical Tips for Prevention. Please also see our information sheets on Equine Metabolic...
12 Apr 2018
McTimoney Therapy
Mud Fever
Ragwort Control
Regenerative Medicine - Tendon and Joint Repair
Riding Establishment Inspections
Ringworm in Horses (Dermatophytosis)
Safe Travelling
Sand Colic and Psyllium
Sarcoids - Equine Sarcoids – Minor or Major Problem?
Sedation for Horses
Skin Disease in the Horse
Strangles - Deben Valley Equine Guide to Sensible Strangles Management
Sweet Itch
Sycamore Toxicity / Atypical Myopathy
The cost of veterinary care explained
Unlicensed Drugs - The Use of Unlicensed Products at Deben Valley Equine Veterinary Clinic
Veteran Horse
Worm Egg Counts - Collecting and Storing Samples Correctly
Worm Egg Counts - what are they?
Worming Guide