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  • Thank you so much for coming out to stitch my poor horse up this morning! It is the second time that I have had to call and get someone out and the service has been wonderful...and my horse is looking and feeling a lot better. - Jennie from Cedar Grove

  • Dr David Barthomomuez is brilliant. Yes I am totally biased but it is based on my experience over the last 6 wks with my mare Rivver. Treatment is still on going and I get the pleasure of picking David's brain for lots of horsey info when he does his weekly visit! I am very impressed with the way David handles and treats my mare, he genuinely cares. The girls in the office have also been wonderful to deal with. Keep up the great work team Vevs! - Cindi from Tamborine Village

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  • "David and his team treat their client’s animals as if they were their own and have helped me and my horses in some very stressful situations over the years, thankfully, always with a excellent outcome!" - Toni from Jimboomba
  • "Thank you so much for the extra good care you took of Lilly ... I’ve always been extremely happy with Dave as our vet, I think he truly does a wonderful job, and you can really see how much he cares.” - Tania Banek

  • "The fact that Dave has been my vet for many years speaks volumes.  Dave has a very nice manner and deals with the horses in a calm and kind way.  He always takes time to explain options and procedures and to advise on what he considers to be the best course of treatment." - Gillian Coote
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  • "David has been my vet now for several years. Over that time with the highs and lows of my veterinary needs, David has always been compassionate, caring and friendly." - Marnie Wilmott

  • "We really appreciate David's practical, no-nonsense approach to everything, his vast knowledge and his abilities."

    – Marty & Danielle at North Maclean

  • "We feel that the care David shows our horses is the same as if they were his own."

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  • "We have been using Dr "Bart" since we bought our first two ponies for our girls 6 years ago. He has always given us great advice and service over the years." – B & G Russell

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    – Peter @ Acton Classical Equitation

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Written by Dr David Bartholomeusz, B. Sc, B.V.M.S, M.A.C.V.S .

We do still see occasional outbreaks of this condition. In Queensland it is no longer a 'notifiable' disease, but in some other states this is not the case and recently there have been properties quarantined after outbreaks have been discovered.

There is a Strangles vaccine (pink label) available which can be purchased individually or as part of a 2 in 1 (with Tetanus Toxoid, red label). The problem with Strangles is that there are several different strains and the vaccine only covers the most common variants of them. The other issue is that the vaccine is not as strong (in producing a strong immunity) as the Tetanus one, and if your horse is likely to be exposed (horses that mix with other horses other than their paddock friends), then the vaccine needs to be given every 6 months as recommended by the manufacturer.

All this being said, if your horse is exposed to Strangles, being vaccinated may prevent this disease or lessen the symptoms.strangles

If your horse is exhibiting some or all of the following symptoms contact us on 5543 1213 or 0409 884 377 for diagnosis and treatment:

  • high temperature
  • swelling in the throat area leading to abscessation
  • nasal discharge
  • lethargy or coughing &/or inappetance (not interested in eating)

If you suspect Strangles, immediately put biosecurity measures in place to prevent other horses contracting it. Isolate your horse & equipment used for horse, disinfect everything, and maintain biosecurity measures. Fortunately we are all proficient in this area after EI.

Even if your horse's condition is not diagnosed as Strangles, it may still be contagious and should be treated accordingly. Why would we want to see other horses suffer?


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