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Pneumonia Article in Cattle Youngstock.
We have seen a lot of pyometra cases in the practice recently, and this life threatening condition is so easily prevented.
A pyometra is an infection within the uterus of an animal. We most often see it in bitches but it does happen in other species too.
There is a build up of infected fluid in the uterus and toxins are released into the blood which makes the bitch very sick. The photo below is of one horn of the uterus filled with infected fluid.
The signs of this condition are anorexia, Off colour, drinking and urinating more, and sometimes a vaginal discharge is seen as well.
The condition is easily preventable by neutering bitches. The benefits of neutering cannot be emphasised enough. Please get in touch if you would like more information or to book your bitch in. 🐕🐕
FAECAL EGG COUNT OFFER
It is crucial to monitor for anthelmintic resistance on farms, not only because of growing resistance problems but also to ensure that what you are treating your stock with, is actually effective. It applies to both sheep and cattle but particularly sheep.
If you bring in a muck sample PRE – treatment we can check that there is a worm burden worth treating.
We will then do a test POST – treatment FREE OF CHARGE (Really important so that we can make sure the drench has worked! – if it hasn’t, there’s a problem)
The timings are as follows for post-treatment samples:
- White drenches 10 to 14 days
- Yellow drenches 7 days
- Clear drenches 14 to 16 days
The effects of resistant worms on your farm will go unnoticed but will be costing you. So please try to involve us in your worming plans so that we can save you money and enhance productivity.
Essentially : 2 for 1 offer on worm egg counts
(If both pre– and post– treatments samples are tested)
Sample- fresh as possible and a group representative.
BARREN EWE CHECK
SUBSIDISED testing of Barren / Aborting Ewes.
If you have experienced (or are experiencing) more than 2% of your flock aborting this season then there is clearly a problem on farm.
Up until 31st JULY this year, there is free testing of EAE and Toxoplasmosis in ewes as part of the Expertis Flockcheck schemed sponsored by MSD.
Both enzootic abortion of ewes and toxoplasmosis can cause significant losses on farm both through barren ewes, subfertility and weak lambs. Both diseases are significantly reduced and preventable by vaccination.
All that is required is a screen of 6 – 8 bloods on ewes and the blood test will look for both diseases.
To find out more or to book in some blood sampling, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
***Sheep Scab Blood Test***
Sheep that have been infested with the sheep scab mite produce antibodies specific to a mite protein. The test can detect these antibodies in the blood of affected animals within 2 weeks of a mite infestation. Skin scraping can only effectively diagnose scab once lesions have developed (this can be several weeks after the initial infestation). This sensitive diagnostic test is a major step forward in controlling and preventing further spread of the… disease.
• Sensitive detection – detects disease before clinical signs appear limiting the spread of infection.
•Detects sheep scab within 2 weeks of mite infestation – informs rapid treatment and control strategies.
• Accurate diagnosis of scab – highly specific, will not detect other ectoparasites such as lice, ensures correct treatment prescribed.
When to use the test?
• Testing of individual animals e.g. when sheep scab infestation is suspected.
• Whole flock testing to detect the presence or confirm the absence of sheep scab, e.g. hogs returning from wintering pasture.
• Use as a biosecurity tool prior to introduction of new stock onto farms,
e.g rams or breeding females
• Use as a surveillance tool for scab, e.g. test rams before and after introduction to a flock.
• Eradication programs – use to confirm effectiveness of treatment or eradication of disease.
How many sheep should be tested in a flock?
For use on a whole flock or management group test 6-12 sheep from the group (up to a group size of 2,000).
The current price of the blood test at the lab is £8.50 plus VAT per animal (plus blood sampling fee).