roundworm infection

How to avoid this senseless Death in Puppies

If it’s one thing that always deeply gets to us it’s the suffering or death of any animal that could have been so easily avoided.

This story reflects just one of these situations that we see – more often that we should. Hopefully, by publishing this story we can help avoid further unnecessary suffering and death in other puppies and kittens out there.

How simple Deworming could have saved this Puppy’s life

Just a few days ago we saw a 5 week old puppy – severely lethargic, dehydrated and had not been eating for days!

The owners sought some over the phone advice from “somewhere” and were told as long as the puppy was willing to lick a little food from their finger – it should be O.K.


Well – Puppy was NOT O.K. In fact in addition to all the above symptoms this little girl showed stunted growth a high temperature and severe malnutrition – all clearly indicating she was one sick little puppy.

And what else did we find on examination?

Yep – Roundworms – lots of them. Alive, Nicely matured and clearly sucking all vital nutrients from her intestines. Explains her poor state of health, stunted growth and deterioration over time.

Roundworms are most threatening to Puppies. And if left untreated can cause death! Click To Tweet

The most common consequence of Roundworm infection is stunted growth!

At this stage – this little girl needed intensive treatment is she was to have any chance of survival. Her owners elected not to proceed and chose instead to euthanase.

How to Avoid Risk of Worming Infection in Your Puppy (or Kitten)

Worming is so darn easy using the available syrup formulas so there’s absolutely no excuse for these babies suffering or even dying from worm infestation.

All puppies and kittens should be wormed from 2 weeks of age with a quality de-worming product.

Continue to worm every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age. Then monthly until 6 months of age.

Roundworm Facts

Roundworm are particularly dangerous for puppies and kittens because they are already likely present at birth. This is because the larvae present in the mother can pass through the placenta into the unborn puppies or kittens.

They can also be passed through the mother’s milk after birth.

Worm Prevention Starts with Mum!

If you are planning to breed from your Bitch or Queen – make sure you deworm both before and during pregnancy to minimise the risk of Roundworm larvae being transmitted to the newborns.

Quality worm products are extremely safe for both pregnant and nursing Mums. Stick with a quality product over a cheap generic to be absolutely sure of the best protection.

We personally recommend Drontal Puppy Suspension (An allwormer product that protects against all 4 intestinal worms, Hookworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm and Roundworm) or Troy Puppy and Kitten Worm syrup which protects against Roundworm only. Since the main threat to newborns in the early weeks is Roundworm a “Roundworm Only” product is adequate for the first 6-8 weeks of life.

There are of course course other similar quality products out there but these 2 are an easy option and available from most veterinarians and pet stores.

Equine Rehabilitation

Has Your Horse been Lame for a While?

Why You Should Consider a Musculoskeletal AssessmentEquine Rehabilitation

Your horse going lame is one of the more frustrating things that can happen, especially if you have a weekend of riding planned with your friends or a competition you’re training for.

Horses can go lame for many reasons, and often getting to the bottom of it can be a time consuming and costly procedure.

Start with Expert Advice

If your horse has been lame for a few days, often times the diagnosis can be as simple as a hoof abscess or similar, and we can provide treatment and advice in a short period of time. If your horse has been lame or “not quite right” for an extended period, then the answer may take longer to present itself.

Here at TVP Equine we have the advantage of having veterinarians who have expertise and certification in:

  • Equine rehabilitationEquine Lameness
  • Myofascial assessment
  • Acupuncture
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Podiatry and
  • Adjunctive pain control

What is an Equine Musculoskeletal Assessment?

An Equine Musculoskeletal Assessment can be thought of as an extended lameness examination.

What we do:

  1. We examine your horse at rest to assess muscling – posture – conformation and dentition. These things are very important in highlighting where our concern may be.
  2. We assess each joint from your horse’s jaw to his tail – looking for their range of motion (how well they move) and any pain or restriction that may be present.
  3. We assess the muscles and fascia involving these joints looking for pain –  spasm – atrophy (loss of muscle) or other abnormalities that may affect the way your horse performs or feels.
  4. We assess how your horse moves – either on a lunge or under saddle. Your horses gait and even their behaviour when being ridden can help us determine what may be going on. We can even assess your saddle and tack to see if maybe these are contributing to your problems.

Further diagnostics may be required – these include nerve blocks to try and localise a lameness – X-Rays – Thermal imaging or even Ultrasound.

At this point we may have been working on your horse for close on an hour.

The Next Step

Lameness and poor performance is complicated. Sometimes the primary problem may be in your horses’ hind leg, but this can cause pain and problems in your horses’ spine also. We may discuss further work that needs to be done in relation to his hind leg – this may for example be x-rays. However, we can do things during our initial visit to help the pain in his spine.Horse Rehabilitation

Our trained veterinarians can perform joint mobilisations on your horses’ spine (or other joints) to free them from pain and spasm. Joint mobilisations are similar to chiropractic treatments however they involve less intensity.

We can also do kinesiology taping, such as RockTape. RockTape helps to reduce swelling, alleviate pain and spasm and facilitate normal movement within muscles or joints. This can be done in conjunction with some light massage and even myofascial release.

Want to Keep Your Horse at Peak Performance?

Give us a call on (03) 9716 2495 to arrange a visit (Weekdays) or email the TVPEquine Team at: [email protected]