Horses and Covid-19
Can my horse get COVID-19?
There is currently no evidence that a horse or pony can suffer from or transmit COVID-19. The World Health Organisation continues to monitor the latest research on this and other COVID-19 topics. Please note this position is subject to change.
Can I get my horse’s feet trimmed or shoed?
The Farriers Registration Council confirmed on Tuesday 24 March that its farriers can continue to provide essential services to equines, using their judgement as to matters of priority and/or urgency, with appropriate social distancing, hand washing and equipment cleaning. Many are using a traffic light system for assessing essential care. Routine shoeing should be delayed for three weeks. Please check with your vet if special remedial shoes are fitted, as it may be necessary to reshoe within the current period. Please note this position is subject to change.
Can my horse receive their flu vaccination?
No. All flu vaccines including 6-monthly boosters are currently halted until further notice. If your horse needs vaccinating against a particular disease in a high-risk area (e.g. Tetanus or Herpes), your vets will risk-assess on as case-by-case basis to decide whether to vaccinate. Please note discussions are being held with equine sport regulatory bodies to try and relax the 365 day rule on annual vaccinations.
Can my horse’s routine dental care be carried out?
No. Routine rasping/floating will be postponed. However, if your horse suddenly stops eating, starts quidding or has a painful head/jaw, they will be seen under emergency and welfare guidance. Any work done will be done under sedation to allow social distancing to be maintained.
Can mares be scanned to see if they're in foal?
Routine stud/reproductive work raises particular questions. The main question being is this essential for animal welfare. Foalings and sick foals will be attended to as per normal, but there is no guidance from the RCVS, BEVA, BVA or any of our regulatory bodies on routine reproductive work. Implications for stopping breeding totally have consequences far beyond the veterinary industry and discussions with regulatory bodies are ongoing. Please contact us directly for the most up to date information on this.
Can I get repeat prescriptions?
Yes. It would be required normally that an animal is seen every six months to allow us to write the prescription for you. As this would not be deemed essential contact, the prescription is likely to be issued subsequent to a video or a phone call.
Time to Say Goodbye
Can I be there to say goodbye, if my horse needs to be put to sleep?
Yes. You can be close to your horse whilst adhering to government advise on social distancing and hand washing to keep our vets safe.
Will my horse insurance be affected if my horse can’t get their routine care?
Insurance companies are reviewing their policies regarding routine care to reflect the current period and reasonable adjustments. Please check directly with your insurance company for specifics.