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 Warmer conditions and regular rainfall has resulted in new pasture growth especially clover. Consequently we have seen an increase in the incidence of founder (laminitis) in horses. Laminitis is an inflammation of the sensitive laminae which intermesh with the hoof wall. Signs may vary from acute to chronic with the chronic form loosely defined as more than 2 days duration. The acute form is sudden with the horse (previously well) found unable to move, extremely lame, and may want to take pressure off its feet by lying down. All four feet can be involved but the forefeet are more often affected than the hind limbs. Chronic and long standing cases are associated with a  rotation of bones within the hoof. They can be difficult to manage and require xrays and a good farrier.

 Fencing off affected pasture areas or limiting the horses access to pasture is essential in controlling this condition. If the horses are removed early enough, recovery and regeneration of the hoof will  occur and there will be no long term problems. If the signs have not been recognized early enough veterinary attention may be required to assist in the relief of pain which is present with the condition. Please seek advice from the staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital if you are concerned.

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Pesti Virus Steers

Here are some photos of some steers that are PI (Persitantly Infected) with Pestivirus.

They are 1/2 the size of the same aged steers in the mob