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Taihape Veterinary Services Ltd
H.R. Bowsher BVSc.
Taihape Veterinary Services Ltd
Kotare Street (06) 388 0863
Anew treatment for arthritis in dogs has
emerged in the last few months
and we have monitored the efficacy
of this treatment with very pleasing results.
The treatment is a new long acting form of the
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
called Trocoxil. Initially a tablet is given followed
by a repeat in 2 weeks then monthly for
up to 5 months. We have recommended the
treatment is given throughout the winter period
when arthritic pain is generally at its worst.
This new treatment has been welcomed by
many given the monthly dosing as opposed
to daily routine with the standard anti-
inflammatories such as rimadyl, previcox and
metacam. There is also a therapeutic benefit
to using a longer acting formulation of
anti-inflammatory due to the central
sensitisation effect of arthritis on the nervous
The pain from arthritis leads to sensitisation of
the nervous system which activates the body
to release agents that actually increase the
inflammation of the affected joint and also
increase the speed of cartilage destruction.
Therefore using an effective pain relief agent
such as trocoxil will decrease the pain felt and
slow down the speed with which the arthritis
Common signs of arthritis include on-going
lameness, stiffness, difficulty sitting or standing,
hesitancy to climb up or down stairs and
decreased activity. If your dog is showing any
of these an examination and discussion about
the appropriate use of medications could well
increase their quality of life.
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Have a healthy winter
Maintaining animal health over
winter is a critical issue for all
livestock farmers. Farmers at this
time must be looking at a number of
factors, particularly leading into
lambing or calving, to safeguard
their productive base.
The important issues to maintain
the health of stock are around
adequate feed, ensuring animals are
vaccinated and drenched to guard
against disease and parasites,
providing appropriate supplements
and reducing animal stress.
In late winter many farmers may
not have much feed stock in reserve.
At this point, the quality is even
more important than the quantity of
feed provided to stock.
Look for high metabolism energy
feed rather than high dry-matter
intake. Ensure stock are fed at least
to maintenance at this time of the
year but aim to feed to 20 per cent
above maintenance if possible.
Remember to introduce grain
slowly to avoid overload.
A sudden change of diet can be
detrimental to stock, causing gut
upsets, which will lead to additional
problems at this time of year.
The key to avoiding this is to try to
keep some feed constant through
the transition phase; hay or silage is
recommended for this.
Successfully changing diet for
stock can take a week to 10 days for
rumen microbes to adapt. Beware of
poorly ensiled silage, which may
cause enteric listeriosis.
Maintaining stock intake of trace
minerals should not be overlooked
during the winter.
Ewes with insufficient selenium
and iodine will fail to produce
Feed shortage and stress
associated with severe winter
weather will raise stock susceptibility
to disease and parasites, which is
going to be a concern over the next
Faecal egg count monitoring of
the ewe mob from now is advised,
to determine whether an extra
winter drench is required.
Farmers should ensure they are on
top of their drenching and
Salmonella brandenburg and
salmonella hindmarsh are a
Ewes aborting in late pregnancy
could indicate salmonella
This is a difficult disease to
combat and needs to be guarded
against by vaccination.
Ewes in poor condition in the face
of feed shortage will compromise
lamb survival. Monitoring the
condition of ewes and maintaining
pre-lambing feeding is therefore a
priority. Thin ewes deliver small
Hungry ewes wander off in search
of food, leaving their lambs at risk.
Check the body condition score of
ewes. Ewe condition score should be
maintained at greater than 2.5
To help prevent metabolic
conditions at or around lambing,
dusting magnesium oxide on the
break or silage three weeks prior to
lambing at a rate of 10 grams per
ewe per day is advisable but must
be administered daily.
Attempting to balance all these
factors, while minimising animal
stress, adds an additional challenge.
Constantly yarding or moving stock
can be counter-productive if it raises
stress levels, which will compound
most of the potential problems
Before yarding, a few days on
grain can prime stock to ensure they
cope better with the associated
stress and time off feed.
Effective risk management is the
essence of farming.
Severe winter weather brings a
series of high risks to animal health.
Managing these risks, one by one
and in total, is the key to successfully
negotiating through a winter such as
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