Rocky Bay Equine Newsletter, March 2016
Welcome back Dr. Crystal!

Back to work after 3 wonderful months with her
beautiful baby girl, Elena and husband Brandon,
Crystal is looking forward to reconnecting with everyone! 

USEF vaccination rule

In January, the USEF Board of Directors approved an addition to the rule book, which outlines equine vaccination requirements at licensed competitions. All horses entering the grounds of a Federation-licensed competition must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables.

Intended to promote proper vaccination protocols, the flu vaccination information can be added to the documentation already required by most competitions: a horse's health certificate and a negative coggins test.

This excerpt about documentation is from the new rule; ( see official document here)

It is recommended that vaccines are administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian.
* In the case of vaccines administered by a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request
by Competition Management, must provide documentation from the veterinarian that the horse in question received the vaccinations; name of the vaccines and date of vaccine administration.
** In the case of vaccines administered by a person other than a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a receipt of the vaccine purchase which is signed by the owner, or agent with care, custody, and control of
the horse; name, serial number and expiration date of the vaccine; and date of vaccine
*** In the case of a horse that is unable to receive either of the vaccinations due to a
history of adverse reactions, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management,
must provide a letter from the veterinarian on official letterhead stating that the horse
in question cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns and a log of temperatures
taken twice daily for the seven days prior to entering the competition grounds. These
horses must also have their temperature taken and logged twice daily while on the
competition grounds. The log of temperatures should be provided to the Competition
Management, steward, or technical delegate when requested.

Travel documents can be a hassle, it always takes longer than you think it will to get everything in every state has different requirements and the rules seem to change every year!  As you set those show dates make a note to schedule your appointment for health certificates, passports, coggins tests and other travel documents well before you need to leave town. 

Along with your travel planning, don't forget to stash an emergency kit in your horse trailer!  We've still got a few starter emergency kits available which cover all the basics (and a referral chart for how to use them) for a good price.  Karol is your go to person for more information, give her a call (253) 858-4529.
Early Tick Season

Tick borne disease is already making its presence known in our area.  We've seen a few cases of erlichia (a bacterial infection passed to horses by ticks) which is earlier than our usual April to early fall season for this disease.  Potomic horse fever, equine anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, swamp fever, tick fever are all similar diseases caused by different but related intra-cellular pathogens and associated with transmission by ticks.  The tick must be infected itself and must bite the animal to transmit the disease causing organism.
Forewarned is forearmed so here's what to look for.  Signs include; fever, depression, anorexia (off feed) and icterus (yellow mucous membranes), limb edema (stocked up), colic and diarrhea.  Diagnosis is by clinical exam and blood tests.  Treatment includes tetracycline antibiotics and supportive care.  Prevention is key since vaccination has not proven to be very effective in the field. Clearly, good grooming is important for more than just a gleaming hair coat.  Deer ticks in particular are very small and easily missed if you aren't looking for them.  The pour on product called "Freedom Spot On" fly repellent may also help protect from tick bites.  Yes, similar diseases also affect other animals (including humans) but the actual organisms that cause disease (not the tick carriers) are species specific.  

Chiropractic or Acupuncture Special Offer

In honor of Dr. Crystal's return to work, RBE offers you $25 off your animal's chiropractic OR acupuncture exam for this month of March.  Mention that you saw it in our March newsletter and make your appointment now, availability will be limited.
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