At EFC Homeopathy we specialize in treating and testing horses across the board from thoroughbred racing stock to your family pets. Our testing gives a comprehensive result treating horses for the following complaints through Hair Analysis.
Mouth, Nose and Throat
Male Genital Tract
Female Genital Tract
Gall Bladder and Bile Duct
Spleen and Thymus
Skin, Hair and Nails
External and Middle Ear
THE TOP 5 CAUSES OF LAMENESS
Lameness is one of the most common complaints in a horse. The condition can appear in many ways from a non weight bearing gait through to subtle discomfort and poor performance. Up to 90% of all lameness starts in the foot, hoof, sole and heels. Pressure also applied by hoof testers can help identify the origin of this problem.
By putting pressure on the joint and flexing it, the lameness symptoms often worsens. Traditional identification by x-rays, CT scans or MRI scans help to isolate and locate the problem.
The most common causes of lameness are:
Localised infections beneath the sole of the hoof are one of the most widespread causes of foot pain. As the abscess worsens, pressure is exerted onto sensitive areas of the foot.
This syndrome describes heel pain originating in the navicular bone lying within the hoof behind the coffin and postern bones.
Can be associated with Navicular Syndrome but also relates to suspensory ligaments, impar ligaments and often collateral ligaments.
DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE (DJD)
Most commonly found in older horses but occasionally in younger long distances horses. It occurs where normal repair of the cartilage ligamentous structures around joints suffer from wear and tear.
TENDON AND LIGAMENT INJURY
Some of the more important ligaments and tendons in the lower leg are the superficial flexor tendons, the deep digital flexor tendons and the suspensory ligament. These often sustain injury through hard competition or jumping events.
COMMON INFECTIOUS HORSE DISEASES
TETANUS (LOCK JAW)
This is caused by a bacteria clostridium botulinum. The bacterial spores are found in the soil and if entering a cut which seals over, then the bacteria multiplies in the anaerobic environment and produces a neurotoxin.
Symptoms can appear with protrusion of the third eyelid and stiff neck extending to increased overall muscle stiffness causing swaying of the animal. The condition is often fatal as it progresses in an ascending manner eventually causing paralysis of the major systems and organs.
EQUINE ENCEPHALOMYELITIS (SLEEPING SICKNESS)
Found across Eastern and Western USA extending down into upper South America. The disease is carried by mosquitoes and shows signs of progressive depression, high fever, pseudo blindness, nervousness and non co-ordinated muscle action, tremors and ultimately complete paralysis.
EQUINE HERPES VIRUS
There are two types of herpes virus EHV-1, EHV-2. EHV-1 is associated with respiratory diseases (fever, nasal discharge, hard cough), reproductive problems (abortion, stillbirth) and neurological problems (hind limb weakness, difficulty walking, sometimes paralysis).
EHV-2 is generally associated with respiratory illness. Both conditions can appear or are worsened by stress.
ROSS RIVER VIRUS
In Australia and some other countries, this mosquito born disease can affect horses resulting in lameness, extreme lethargy, tenderness in joints (throughout the animal and not only located in the legs) and inability to perform. It is likened to severe arthritis.
WEST NILE VIRUS
Carried by mosquitoes, this infection causes signs of fever, weakness, paralysis of hind limbs, vision impairment, stumbling and poor co-ordination, interference with the swallow reflex response and occasional coma.
Uncommon in horses, but can be infected through a bite from a raccoon, skunk, fox, dog or bat.
A contagious bacterial respiratory disease with symptoms of thick yellow nasal discharge, fever and swollen abscessed lymph glands under the jaw. The infection is contagious (worse in younger horses) and is frequently spread through shared drinking water from troughs.
POTOMAC HORSE FEVER
Only found in limited areas of the USA and is mainly a spring/summer condition. Fever, depression, profuse watery diarrhea are main symptoms but can lead onto colic, laminitis, dehydration and possible death.
INTERNAL PARASITES FOUND IN HORSES
The main part of the lifecycle of these parasites occurs inside the horses stomach or intestine and generally begins with the horse grazing on pasture where the horses have deposited their manure in which the eggs/larvae are contained. The horse swallows these and they enter the gut areas and depending on the species can migrate to other organs such as the liver or lungs.
ROUND WORM (Ascarids)
These can cause coughing, pneumonia, liver damage, diarrhea and colic. If large numbers occur, then intestinal blockage or rupture can occur.
Can lead to colic, retarded growth, nutrient deficiencies and rough hair growth. A heavy infestation is the general cause of colic.
These are transmitted by horse of marsh flies. They include Habronema muscae, Habronema microstoma, Draschia megastoma, Trichostrongylus axei. If the horse licks where the flies have laid eggs on its skin, then the larvae are ingested to the stomach. These generally cause diarrhea. If the larvae on the skin get into a cut or open sore, they can cause a granuloma (a raised sore that won't heal). This can be extremely itchy and the horse can scratch and itch at the area causing severe trauma to the area.
LARGE STRONGYLES (Blood worms, red worms)
These begin the cycle of infestation by the horse grazing on or around drinking contaminated water. This parasite (strongylus vulgaris) matures and lives mainly in the blood vessels of the intestines. Two other types (strongylus edentates and strongylus equines) migrate into the liver. These parasites can cause severe or even fatal blood vessel rupture leading to heavy blood loss. Other symptoms can be less severe including colic, anaemia or weight loss.
Cyathostomes (small redworms), different from the large strongyles burrow into the wall of the large colon. Here they can live for years but if erupting in large numbers cause severe problems of diarrhea, weakness, muscle wasting and colic.
LUNG WORMS (Dictyocaulus arnfieldi)
Mainly found in donkeys, but can infect co-pastured horses. Causes coughing and poor performance and is worse when exercising.
Strongyloides westerii, are mainly ingested through the mothers milk. Can also be in the bedding and penetrate through the skin. Main symptom is diarrhea. Foals generally become immune to these about three months old.
FILARIAL PARASITES (Onchocerca cervicalis, microfilariae)
These live on adults in the nuchal ligament in the neck. The larvae migrate to the skin and cause severe itching which can be so severe the horse will roll and scratch until the skin is red and hair rubbed off. Frequently found along the belly, chest, eyelids and withers.
HAIR WORMS (Trichostrongylus Axei)
Found in the stomach and if a heavy infestation is present can lead to watery diarrhea.
Our Anti Bleed Formula is designed to address the issues of relieving respiratory distress and bleeding issues experienced in some race horses.
The stresses exhibited within the capillaries in the lungs, and fibratic scar tissue are viral conditions and dusts from stables and dried feeds and considered the most likely cause of hypertensive alveolar capillary stress failure.
The blood pressure in the horses increase with exercise or racing and are the prime cause of this condition. The thin nasal membrane tissues also can tear along with possible blood vessel rupture in the lungs.
Suggested usage of our Anti Bleed Formula is 20ml daily prior to heavy training and 20ml daily for 1 week up to 3 days prior to a race meeting.
This Racing Formula has been set up to maximize the muscle and metabolic efficiency leading up to race day. During a race the greatest are for stamina, endurance and both muscle and lung efficiency.
Our homeopathic formula capitalises on being able to help magnesium transport to the muscles and oxygen uptake in the lungs. This keeps the lactic and build up to a minimum without breaking any rules of artificial stimulants or additives. A "nose" is the difference between a win and a loss so capitalising on this formula is essential.
Dosage: 1 week pre race: 20ml per day for two days then 30ml three times per day for two days. Finish 3 days pre race day.
The outward appearance of your horse is a wonderful indicator of its immune system and general wellbeing.
It should exhibit bright eyes, alertness and "spring in its step" , healthy hooves and feet, posture and clean legs, move easily and not "tie up". Also optimum weight conditioning which also flows onto its coats appearance, healthy teeth and a good appetite.
Our Vibrant Health & Immune Support Formula looks towards creating optimum stimulus in the immune, digestive and general health systems to reach these goals.
Dosage: 10mls in water every day,.
As gastric ulceration is an extremely common ailment in performance horses, our homeopathic formulation is aimed at addressing this issue.
With thoroughbred race horses, the condition can be extremely performance limiting and is found in up to 90% of horses.
Young horses have a generally normal stomach but as they begin training, ulcers frequently develop.
Symptoms in mature race horses include poor body condition and eating problems, weight loss and often poor race performance.
As these horses are frequently stressed, there is excess gastric acid secreted which can lead on to ulceration. Also, the horse is a continuous feeder and breaking his regime can also be a problem. Normally the roughage it eats helps to buffer the acid pH which starts the ulceration process. Hard training and racing can worsen this problem.
Dosage: 20-30mls per day in water until symptoms abate.
ANTI BLEED FORMULA 100ml
HEALTH & IMMUNE SUPPORT FORMULA 100ml
RESEARCHED RACE HORSE
Available in two sizes
250g $55.00 AUD inc gst
500g $77.00 AUD in gst
Greasy Heel (Mud Fever) is a condition often occurring where horses are standing in a wet muddy yard or wet or semi water logged paddock areas.
The condition appears as cracked, greasy or inflamed skin on the heels and posterior pasterns. It is particularly found on non pigmented skin (white socks) and is most commonly caused by fungi, bacteria and mites.
The skin area under an outer scurf becomes irritated, itchy, red, cracked and oozing a thick mucous-like "greasy" fluid.
Our Greasy Heel Cream is a formulation of natural ingredients which have been blended to a consistency that is easy to apply but forms an excellent barrier to wet conditions and protects and heals the affected area.
It is impervious to water and moisture thus ensuring a rapid healing of the area. The cream contains a proprietary blend of oils and waxes and is also impregnated with a healing homeopathic mixture. This product has been veterinary tested and is considered superior to other available products previously used over the years.