Fall 2014 Newsletter

It is finally time to say farewell to those long summer days, the lovely (or not-so-lovely) warm weather, and hopefully .... the flies ! As we head into the winter season, here’s a look at the past, present and future events in our practice area.

› New Colts Head Vet Blog Entry
Sand! When horses ingest too much ....
For those lucky enough to have pasture available for our horses, this past summer provided ideal weather conditions for healthy, nutritious grass growth. However, as winter sets in and grass begins to die off, horses who graze sandy soil pasture or otherwise consume feed off the ground may be particularly at risk for ingesting sand.

Check out our newest blog which will discuss how to recognize the signs of excessive sand ingestion along with strategies for protecting your horses. pain, improved performance, and behavioral changes.
› New Cases Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in 2014
Even if you happened to miss vaccines this past spring, it’s not too late to protect your horse!
Over the past few months, there have been several cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) confirmed in horses across the US, at least three of which were identified in New Jersey. This disease can cause high fever, severe neurological symptoms and almost always death in the horse. Vaccinations against EEE and other mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile Virus, offer the best protection for your horses. Even though it is now October, a warm autumn day can still stimulate swarms of insects into action, hungry for your horses and potentially spreading these deadly diseases. If your horse has not been vaccinated for EEE (combined with Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE)) and West Nile virus within the past 6 months, we urge you to call our office to set up an appointment for booster vaccinations ASAP!
› CHVS News
The Colts Head veterinary Services team shows their support at the 3rd Annual Open Space Pace and Festival of Horses
This past September, our veterinarians participated in this increasingly popular event, designed to raise awareness for the protection and preservation of open space in New Jersey. We were proud to show our support for this important cause and hope to be a part of this fun event again next year!

Microchipping Services
Colts Head Veterinary Services is now offering microchip identification of your horse upon request. We will be using the technology compliant with FEI requirements. Please contact our office for more information.

Stay tuned .... Preparations are underway for this year’s Winter Education Seminar Series!!