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May 2017 Small Animal Newsletter now available!!

Posted on: May 9, 2017 | In The Spotlight

At Wingham and Valley Vets one of our core values is continuing education, and so we have recently started small and large animal newsletters  for all our valued clients.

We are hoping that you will find the newsletter interesting and informative, and that it will be a valuable resource. Here is the current May 2017 newsletter:

Small Animal May 2017 Newsletter

Every month will have a different focus, with a variety of articles about recent interesting cases and current animal health problems in the district.

You can read our current and past newsletters here.


April 2017 Large Animal Newsletter now available!!

Posted on: April 19, 2017 | In The Spotlight

At Wingham and Valley Vets one of our core values is continuing education, and so we have recently started a large animal newsletter for all our valued equine and cattle clients.

We are hoping that you will find the newsletter interesting and informative, and that it will be a valuable resource to farmers and horse owners. Here is the current April 2017 newsletter:

April 2017 Newsletter

Every month will have a different focus, with a variety of articles about recent interesting cases and current animal health problems in the district.

The newsletter will also contain upcoming run dates.

You can read our current and past newsletters here.

Welcome Michael and Alissa!

Posted on: December 15, 2016 | In The Spotlight

This year the practice was thrilled to welcome Michael and Alissa Healy to our veterinary team as img_7205practice Directors. Michael and Alissa recently moved to Wingham from the Hunter Valley with their two young daughters, Eleanor and Susannah. Both have extensive mixed practice experience and they are looking forward to providing a high quality, thorough, caring and compassionate service to all our valued clients.

img_8707-1Michael and Alissa are excited to be part of the Wingham community and they are looking forward to getting to know you all. Their young family is loving the Manning Valley so far!

For more information about their experience and special interests, click on our staff page.


Beware of Small Strongyles (if you are a horse)…..

Posted on: July 7, 2015 | In The Spotlight

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Recently, we have noticed a large number of colic cases in our local area.

One such horse, Billy, belongs to Robyn, one of our staff members. Although pictured above at the Bonny Wingham Scottish Festival looking wonderful (the middle horse), eleven days later he presented with colic involving extreme pain and thrashing, and subsequently underwent abdominal surgery at the Newcastle Equine Centre.

Surgery showed severe inflammation which was the cause of the colic. The inflammation in turn had been caused by a persistent worm called an encysted small strongyle. This worm is becoming more common and it is not eradicated by the use of standard equine drenches. These worms don’t lay eggs, so a faecal egg count may give us a negative worm count!  The only products which are working effectively against these worms are either “Equest” or a five day course of Panacur 100. Billy had been treated with Panacur the week previously so although the worms had been dealt with, the damage caused still resulted in severe colic.

In general, the presenting signs of encysted small strongyles are colic, diarrhoea and swelling resulting from protein loss (seen in the lower parts of the body such as lower jaw, brisket and under the belly). The protein loss is due to protein leaking out through the damaged intestinal wall.

Following surgery, and fluid replacement therapy, Billy is now safe and well back in Wingham.

This case is a good reminder of the recommendation to use at least one of either Equest or a five day course of Panacur at least once a year around the rotation of the standard drenches.

If you would like more information, follow this link:



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Jaw swelling

Chest swelling

Chest swelling

Weight loss post surgery

Weight loss post surgery

Hendra Information Sheet

Posted on: September 2, 2014 | In The Spotlight

What is the big deal about Hendra?


There has been a lot of discussion and traffic on facebook lately about the Hendra virus and the Hendra vaccine.

What is this all about and why is it a big deal?


Hendra virus is a fatal disease of horses. It is spread by flying foxes, of which we have a large colony in Wingham.

The clinical signs of hendra virus in the horse can mimic many other diseases. Any sick horse is a potential hendra case. This is where it gets tricky for horse owners and veterinarians. Even a lame or colicy horse could be an early case of Hendra. Hendra virus can be transferred to humans through infected body fluids from their horse. Unfortunately most human cases of Hendra virus have died.


Fortunately there is a vaccine now available for horses to protect them(and therefore people!) from hendra virus. Hundreds of horses in the Manning Valley are now vaccinated against hendra. This means that they can be attended by a Veterinarian for routine things like dentals and diligently treated if they become sick.

Unvaccinated horses, on the other hand, present a problem.


Doing routine procedures on unvaccinated horses carries with it a risk, as the horses may be incubating Hendra and not showing any signs of illness. Veterinarians performing dental work come into contact with saliva and nasal secretions, which could carry virus. Attending sick horses that are unvaccinated pose a potential risk for veterinarian and owner.

Because the clinical signs of hendra can include almost anything, every unvaccinated sick horse now needs to be considered a potential hendra case until proven otherwise.


What this means in real terms is that the attending veterinarian will have to wear full protective covering including disposable overalls, gloves, goggles and mask. Horses will be examined and swabs taken to exclude hendra virus. Some initial treatment will be administered, but extensive treatments may not be done until the all clear is received from the laboratory. This may take several days. Treating these suspect horses in the meantime will require great care and costly protective clothing. They will not be able to be transferred to our Veterinary Hospital or referred elsewhere. Any positive hendra cases will need to be euthanased.


This is the big deal about Hendra. Hendra virus is fatal to horses and it is fatal to humans. Unvaccinated horses are about to become second class equine citizens.


Due to the OH&S concerns for all our staff members, the vets at Wingham and Valley will, in the near future, be unable to carry out ant routine procedure on an unvaccinated horse.

Unvaccinated horses that are sick will still be attended, but due to the cost of protective clothing and equipment required, the fee to see them will be an extra $75.00 on top of the consultation fee.


Wingham and Valley Vets recommend all horses and donkeys be vaccinated against Hendra virus. Hendra is a big deal. It is fatal to horses. It is fatal to humans.


If you have any questions about the vaccine, please call Wingham and Vets on 65570000.



Delta Therapy article in Wingham Chronicle

Posted on: July 16, 2014 | In The Spotlight

We are very proud to have our very own Peta Amos and her gorgeous Border Collie Dylan in the Wingham Chronicle.

Peta and Dylan are Members of the Delta Therapy Program that visits Hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other institutions where re-establishing contact with a companion animal enhances the quality of the patients and residents lives.

The article in the Wingham Chronicle  is a lovely insight into what the Delta Therapy program achieves.

To find the article visit

or see it on page 3 in the Wingham Chronicle July 16 2014 .

Peta Amos with her Border Collie Dylan at The Frank Whiddon Masonic Home.

Peta Amos with her Border Collie Dylan at The Frank Whiddon Masonic Home.


Posted on: May 22, 2014 | In The Spotlight

This Autumn we appear to have perfect grass seed weather!

For those who don’t know or who have thankfully not experienced it, grass seeds, though little, are a huge danger to our animals.

Pets both big and small can be affected by the lodgement of grass seeds in their eyes, ears, nose, mouth, between toes and they can even lodge straight through the skin.

The most dangerous and alarming attribute of grass seeds is that they migrate through the body. Because the body identifies the seed as a foreign object, it tries to reject and wall out the seed causing an abscess.  If an abscess forms in the brain, spinal cord or behind eyes, it may result in the death of the animal.

It is very important to act on early signs of grass seed lodgement as the longer they are left the harder and more complicated the process becomes to remove them.

Signs of grass seeds include soreness or lumps on your animals skin, sore ears, shaking or titling of the head, sore eyes with any discharge, squinting or swelling, and redness or swelling between toes.

Be sure to brush and check your pet’s coat to make sure no seeds are attached, avoid grass seed areas until seeds have dropped or been mowed, keep paddocks slashed and the use of enclosed fly veils can protect horse’s eyes from the seeds.


“Stripe” is a working dog who took unusual measures to have a few days off work…..

Posted on: May 14, 2014 | In The Spotlight


Stripe presented to the hospital because his owner had noted he was duller than normal, and had had several vomits the previous day.

On examination, he was quite painful in the abdomen. X-rays and an abdominal ultrasound showed unusual “bunching” of his intestines, and an abnormal accumulation of gas.

Stripe was immediately taken to surgery, and a mass of stringy, ropey material removed. This material had blocked his small intestine, and in fact his whole small intestine from duodenum to ileum was bunched up as a result. This a recognized phenomenon when a linear “foreign body” is eaten.

Three cuts in his intestine allowed us to remove the entire mass of rope, his bowel was re-stitched, and after a weekend in hospital he was able to go home. No work for a couple of weeks though!

The stringy material was later identified by the owner as the carpet from his bed.

Only the good observations by Stripe’s owner, and prompt veterinary attention saved his life!

Please, Please Vaccinate for Parvovirus

Posted on: December 9, 2013 | In The Spotlight

Parvovirus is a deadly viral disease of dogs. It causes bloody diarrhoea and severe dehydration. Although it is possible to save some dogs with intensive care treatment, it is a costly and stressful disease to manage with strict isolation precautions being needed to limit any spread of virus.

For many years we have been comparatively lucky in Wingham to only have a handful of parvo cases a year, but last Summer we had over twenty cases, and we are concerned that this year may prove to be similar.

The good news is that we have never seen parvovirus in a fully vaccinated dog. We can not overemphasise the importance of vaccinating to keep your dogs safe. Although the virus is traditionally spread by dog to dog or dog to faeces contact, we have seen parvo in working farm dogs which have not been off property. These dogs presumably became infected by someone or something carrying the virus back to the farm. So please, even if you feel your dog is not at risk – it may be, so vaccination is just as or maybe more  important for those dogs!

Sheep, Goat and Alpaca Worm Alert

Posted on: January 31, 2013 | In The Spotlight

Worms have always been a problem for sheep (and goats and alpacas) in the Manning Valley, but the current weather conditions have made it a worm’s paradise! (Read More…)

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