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We offer our clients a canine behaviour consultation service.
Appointments can be made with our veterinary nurse Caz Cundall who will help resolve problems of abnormal, inappropriate or antisocial behaviour in your canine companions, working with the vets where necessary.
Please phone to make an appointment.
Wick & Thurso based DS McGregor & Partners recently shared in the success of a campaign to help support owners of older horses which scooped a major veterinary industry award. The ‘Old Friends’ initiative was developed by XLEquine to help horse owners to provide the best care possible for their ageing companions.
Nutrition hugely affects all aspects of sheep health and production. Poor nutrition has negative effects on ovulation rate, early embryonic loss, lamb vitality, peri-natal metabolic disease and passive transfer of antibodies through colostrum.
Trace element deficiencies in sheep
Deficiency of essential trace elements may lead to significant economic losses within affected sheep flocks; however diagnosis can be tricky as clinical signs are frequently mild and insidious in onset, such as poor growth rates, weak neonatal lambs, non-specific ill thrift or reduced feed intake. Problems tend to affect the whole group rather than individual animals and are frequently recurrent on a farm; organic units may be particularly susceptible due to increased reliance on home-grown feeds and restrictions on use of mineral supplementation. Diagnosis requires careful differentiation of trace element deficiency from other common causes of poor productivity such as chronic parasitic disease or inadequate nutrition; it is not uncommon for a combination of factors to be present, each of which will require appropriate intervention to correct. The most common trace element deficiencies in sheep include Copper, Cobalt, Selenium/Vitamin E and to a lesser extent Iodine and Manganese.