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The Petplan Veterinary Awards are back for 2019! We were thrilled with all of our nominations last year, so if you think our practice or someone in the team deserves a thank you, nominate them today for a Veterinary Award at www.petplanvet.co.uk/veterinary-practice-insurance/veterinary-awards/ #PetplanVetAwards ... See MoreSee Less

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We always pride ourselves on going that extra mile for our clients, so this evening saw Tim emptying a desperate client’s very full muck heap! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Waterlane Equine Vets

Now that the temperature is starting to drop and equestrians everywhere are having THAT rug debate, we thought it was the perfect time to share this post again about rugging your horse!To Rug or Not to Rug? That’s a good question!

As the cold air begins to come in, here are a few key points to help make the right rug decision for your horse:

- Is your horse actually cold? A horse’s thermoneutral zone (TNZ – the temperatures in which they expend little to no energy to stay warm) is between 5 – 25 °C. In comparison, a human’s TNZ is considered to be somewhere between 20 - 30°C. That means that although you are starting to get cold, your horse is still warm and cozy.

- Can he consume more forage? Horses generate heat by a large hind gut called the Caecum that releases heat when digesting food. High fibre foods release the most heat so adding more forage (hay) to your horse’s diet will increase his/her ability to keep warm.

- Is losing a bit of weight a bad thing for your horse? Many owners struggle to get weight off their horses through the summer. By allowing your horse to slowly and safely burn fat to maintain body temperature it will help you get a head start in preventing laminitis in the spring. On the other side of the spectrum, an older thin horse may need a good rug to prevent losing more weight to stay warm. Body scoring your horse will help give you an idea of your horse’s needs.

Have a look at this informative article about the problems with over-rugging:

www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/rugging-man-made-welfare-problem-says-vets-632863?utm_content=manual...
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4 weeks ago

Waterlane Equine Vets

Waterlane Equine Vets were delighted to support the Frampton Family Riding Club Events Hunter Trial last weekend by way of sponsoring a class and rosettes - don't they look fab?! Well done to everyone who took part and we hope you had a good day 🐴🥇 ... See MoreSee Less

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Fascinating video showing the first lot of horses on their journey to Tryon for the World Equestrian Games!

Equestrian Team GBR
And we have touchdown! 🛫🐎🛬

The first horses from Europe have set hoof in Tryon2018, ready for the FEI World Equestrian Games to kick off next week!

These 67 horses are the first of 550 horses flying in on 34 flights to compete at the games. Check out what it takes to get them around the world...
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2 months ago

Waterlane Equine Vets

#FridayFunny Who else feels like this at times?! At least you can be assured we are on hand to help if your horse does get up to mischief!When you can't trust your Horse to make good life choices.

©️ Emily Cole Illustrations
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2 months ago

Waterlane Equine Vets

Not our usual type of post.... but word of mouth and local recommendations are so helpful, so does anyone know of a chimney sweep that could do a chimney in Bisley this week?? Thank you lovely clients! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Waterlane Equine Vets

UPDATE - Position now filled. Thank you for all your applications.

*Job Opportunity*

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to work in our office. The position is part-time and the hours are variable dependent on business requirements so would suit someone who can be flexible. You must be confident using various computer systems and speaking to clients on the phone and occasionally face to face. Training will be provided but you will also be required to work unsupervised, therefore good problem solving skills are essential. A basic level of equine knowledge is desired; you should possess good customer service skills and be able to work efficiently and learn quickly. You must also be discrete and compassionate as you will be handling sensitive client information and potentially dealing with emotional situations.

Hours and days can be negotiated but ideally we will be looking for someone to work 2 - 3 days per week with the ability to cover a full week on occasion when required. Start date can also be negotiated however must be able to start by mid September at latest. To apply please email your CV along with your salary expectations to the Practice Manager, Laura Swinnerton, at waterlaneequine@gmail.com.
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3 months ago

Waterlane Equine Vets

Does your horse struggle to maintain weight during the competition season, or is he fed a high concentrate diet? Horses with busy schedules that are subject to strenuous exercise coupled with regular travelling can suffer from a microflora imbalance in the gut which can make it difficult for them to maintain weight. Horses with increased workloads are often fed high levels of concentrates to provide them with the required energy for their workload; this can cause dysbiosis (an imbalance of the gut flora) which negatively affects hindgut health and performance. Coopers Gut Support could be the answer to your problems! And it is now available with £5 off for a limited time. Please contact the practice if you would like more information or to order a tub. ... See MoreSee Less

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