MerlinVet and Hagyard Pharmacy will be sponsoring the upcoming equine webinar from Webinar Vet, titled “Equine gastric ulcers and new research on the effects of a polysaccharides supplement on stomach health.”

Presented by Nathan Slovis & Frank M. Andrews, the webinar will be taking place on Wednesday 28th February at 20.00 (GMT) – it is free to attend and you can register for it here.


It is common for horses in various disciplines to suffer from gastric ulcers, with a prevalence rate of up to ninety percent. These ulcers can negatively impact a horse’s athletic performance. To identify the cause of the poor performance, a thorough examination is required, including endoscopic examination of the stomach. Poor performance may be attributed to the presence of equine squamous gastric disease or equine glandular gastric disease. If ulcers are present, appropriate treatment can improve the horse’s stomach health and athletic performance. Studies have shown that an oral polysaccharide blend of Schizophyllan beta-glucan with hyaluronic acid is both safe and effective in treating gastric ulcers without altering the stomach’s PH levels.

Learning Objectives

  • Diagnosis of Equine gastric ulcers
  • Causes and types of equine gastric ulcers
  • Antiulcer treatment options and limitations
  • Study results of polysaccharide blend on ulcers that were non-responsive to traditional therapies.
  • New Research, double-masked study results of gastric ulcer response to polysaccharide blend.


Register here


About MerlinVet

At MerlinVet, we comprise a bespoke wholesaler, import/export business, buying group, health plan provider, and anaesthetic gas exposure monitoring service. By listening to the needs of vets, we provide products, services, business solutions and, above all else, the support needed to add a touch of animal magic to practices. MerlinVet UK stocks an extensive range of Special Import Products that other wholesalers are unable to source, providing solutions to vets in times of stock shortages. We offer a customised pharmaceutical service, importing pharmaceuticals and farm fertility equipment to UK vets.

The MerlinVet family includes:

  • MerlinVet UK: offering a customised pharmaceutical service, importing pharmaceuticals and farm fertility equipment to UK vets.
  • MerlinVet Export: supplying veterinary medicines, equipment, and accessories globally, providing vets around the world with quality products of great value.
  • MerlinVet-cel: the country’s oldest veterinary buying group providing support for independent veterinary practices of all sizes across the UK and improving businesses’ profitability through competitive rebates and reduced administration costs.
  • MerlinSPS: providing simple subscription & health plan solutions.
  • MerlinSalusPAM: monitoring anaesthetic exposure in your workplace.

We are the UK distributor of RelyneGI, providing natural gastric support for horses. Recommended by vets and professional riders, RelyneGI is a unique formula of hyaluronic acid and beta glucan that supports healthy digestion in horses. RelyneGI is an advanced liquid supplement containing a natural formula of a patented hyaluronan (MHB3) and beta glucan that delivers effective support for the equine digestive system. It’s odourless and tasteless for adding to feed and offers long-term support for all horses in maintaining normal gastric function and promoting well-being in equine athletes. RelyneGI, developed by the world’s leading veterinary scientists at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in the USA, has been thoroughly tested and is Clean Sport certified.

With over 100 years of industry experience between us, get in touch to find out how we can transform your practice’s journey today.


About Hagyard Pharmacy

Hagyard Pharmacy is a full-service, PCAB accredited pharmacy located in the heart of horse country – Lexington, KY. Conceived and designed by veterinarians, Hagyard Pharmacy is staffed by licensed pharmacists, certified technicians, and associates with the shared goal of being the centre of excellence for pharmacies in animal health. Licensed in over 35 US states, Hagyard Pharmacy dispenses prescription pharmaceuticals, offers a veterinary specialty compounding service as well as over the counter products.

Hagyard Pharmacy is affiliated with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, a trusted resource for people who demand only the highest quality care for their horses since 1876. Hagyard is also one of an elite group of veterinary pharmacies to have earned the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board’s Seal of Accreditation. While all pharmacies in the US must follow requirements set forth by the state Board of Pharmacy, our PCAB seal assures our clients that our pharmacy meets a more stringent and comprehensive standard of excellence.

Resolvet by Hagyard is a line of products designed to help horses feel and look their best. Created by vets at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Resolvet by Hagyard addresses concerns that owners, trainers, and riders alike have about traditional horse care products.. Resolvet by Hagyard horse care products feature natural ingredients, proper PH balance, and reduced negative side effects. Each product is specially formulated for specific needs: joint health, gastrointestinal health, hoof health, and more. One of these products is RelyneGI, distributed in the UK by MerlinVet.


MerlinVet is sponsoring the UK-Vet Livestock Workshop on Fertility in Bulls & Rams, which will be taking place on Monday 19th February at 19.00.

This workshop will explore the need for fertility testing in bulls and rams, covering practical tips for examination, with Alice Miller BVSc MRCVS as the speaker. Alice is on the BCVA board and has written many feature articles on fertility for UK-Vet Livestock. Free to attend and CPD-certified, the workshop is run with MA Healthcare, who are experienced in delivering exceptional CPD-accredited webinars.

The aim of the webinar is to empower livestock professionals to develop strategies for improving best practice in industry in terms of fertility and to overall benefit the welfare of both vets and animals alike. Key attendees will include livestock professionals, opinion leaders, and board members.

This event provides a chance to directly interact through the live Q&A, enhancing delegates’ learning.  As the event starts at 19.00, it enables livestock vets to learn of new developments, sharpen their skills, get validated CPD and receive high quality education without needing to take time off work. Those that cannot attend a session will be able to watch on demand later.

As experts in supplying fertility equipment it was natural for us to sponsor the workshop. Our fertility equipment includes the Pulsator V, the most advanced electronic bull ejaculator available, and the Ram E-JAC, a battery-operated self-contained electro-ejaculator designed for collecting semen from small ruminants, designed, developed, and delivered by MerlinVet.

Make sure you tune in as there will be the opportunity to learn more about our fertility products before and after the session.

The webinar series will also feature sessions on disease eradication, the control of parasites, and nutrition.

To register for the webinar, please click here.


About MerlinVet

MerlinVet Group comprises a bespoke wholesaler, import/export business, buying group, health plan provider, and anaesthetic gas exposure monitoring service. MerlinVet UK stocks an extensive range of Special Import Products that other wholesalers are unable to source, providing solutions to vets in times of stock shortages. We offer a customised pharmaceutical service, importing pharmaceuticals and farm fertility equipment to UK vets. By listening to the needs of vets, we provide products, services, business solutions and, above all else, the support needed to add a touch of animal magic to practices.

The MerlinVet family includes:

  • MerlinVet UK: offering a customised pharmaceutical service, importing pharmaceuticals and farm fertility equipment to UK vets.
  • MerlinVet Export: supplying veterinary medicines, equipment, and accessories globally, providing vets around the world with quality products of great value.
  • MerlinVet-cel: the country’s oldest veterinary buying group providing support for independent veterinary practices of all sizes across the UK and improving businesses’ profitability through competitive rebates and reduced administration costs.
  • MerlinSPS: providing simple subscription & health plan solutions.
  • MerlinSalusPAM: monitoring anaesthetic exposure in your workplace.


About UK-Vet Livestock

UK VET Livestock is the leading peer-reviewed journal for large animal and farmyard vets. We provide an evidence base for clinical practice and a platform for continuing professional development (CPD), to help readers improve health outcomes. UK-Vet Livestock, which has been published since 1995, is the only peer-reviewed journal providing practical, up-to-date information and CPD for large animal vets in practice. Supported by a panel of experts it provides clinical articles on all aspects of large animal veterinary medicine including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and camelids.


To register for the webinar, please click here.

Back on 16th – 17th November 2023, the MerlinVet team attended London Vet Show at the ExCeL in London. We had all parts of the business represented on our stand. The event featured talks and sessions covering small & large animal medicine, farm, equine and practice management, as well as innovations impacting on the industry.

Take a look at our highlights from the show below.





Competition Winner Announcement

We hosted a cornhole competition on our stand in 2023, with £500 of Prezzee Vouchers up for grabs in our prize draw. Congratulations go to Bob Donaldson of Kinetic who won our grand prize! A big thank you also goes out to everyone who participated and picked up a Merlin-branded water bottle.

Looking forward to seeing you all there again in 2024!

We’re well and truly into the winter season, and with that we’ve already experienced some pretty chilly temperatures, with more forecast to come as we get towards Christmas and beyond. But what is the advice for pet owners when temperatures drop? We’ve outlined some important information below to help you and your furry friends in the colder months.

General Pet Advice

  • Keep pets away from antifreeze and de-icer, which can be fatal if ingested.
  • Keep pets away from poisonous plants such as holly, ivy, and poinsettia.
  • Provide extra comfy spaces and blankets around the house for your dogs and cats.


  • Some dogs might need to wear a coat or jumper during the winter, particularly short-coated breeds
  • Light-up collars and hi-vis leads could be particularly beneficial with the shorter days, meaning more walks in the dark.
  • Salt and grit can irritate your dog’s paws – wash their paws once back from your walk. Wipe their legs, feet and stomach after walks as good practice in winter.
  • Snowy paws are an additional issue – snow can build up and cause them discomfort; keep paw hair trimmed and soak off snow in warm water once back from your walk.
  • Keep dogs warm – perhaps move their bed to a warmer part of the house and provide thick blankets.
  • Keep your dog active with walks in winter, but if the weather is preventing activity then drop how much food you’re giving. An alternative to walks when the weather is bad is to engage in enrichment activities, such as a hunt for treats, as well as learning new tricks.
  • Keep your dogs away from frozen ponds by making sure they’re on a lead. Similarly, when it’s snowing there may be hidden dangers beneath the snow, so keep them on the lead to prevent any injuries.
  • Just as it’s dangerous to leave a dog in a hot car, never leave your dog in the car when temperatures are low either.
  • If your dog is lifting their feet, whining, or stopping walking as their paws are too cold, it could be a good idea to get them some booties – these will protect their paws, but can be hard to get used to so it’s best to introduce dogs to them gradually.
  • It’s always important to ensure your dog is wearing a collar with an ID tag and is microchipped.


  • Double check under your cars, as cats often shelter here in cold and wet weather. They could also climb into the bonnet so give this a knock before driving off.
  • Keep a couple of litter trays inside so cats can stay in if the weather is particularly bad.
  • When it’s very cold, it is best to try to keep your cats inside – it’s not always possible to do this so ensure that there is shelter outside the house in case the cat flap is blocked by snow or frozen over.
  • It’s a good idea to move your cat to a warmer room in the house when there’s low temperatures outside – also keep their bedding warm, dry, and away from draughts.
  • When your cat returns from being out in the rain or snow, dry them off well.
  • Wash their paws when they come back inside in case they walked through any salt grit, which is toxic when eaten.

Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets, and Hamsters

  • A drop in temperature can be a real shock to these pets, so it’s important to keep them warm – all small pets require extra bedding in the colder months (soft straw is recommended as it’s more insulating than hay – make sure it’s kept dry and replaced regularly). If you’re able to, bring your pets from outside into a sheltered areas away from rain or snow (sheds/garages rather than a heated house as this could be too much of a contrast) – they will still require access to natural light and fresh air.
  • If keeping the hutch/run outside is the only option, drape material over the mesh to keep out rain, snow and wind. Microwavable heat pads can also be useful! Rabbits/guinea pigs will still need access to their run so they can exercise.
  • Regularly check water bottles so that they’re not frozen – a water bowl could be provided as well.
  • Keeping rabbits/guinea pigs in pairs can be a good idea in winter so they can help each other keep warm.
  • Ensure your hutch/run is strong enough to keep out foxes and badgers.


  • Horses don’t feel the cold as much as we do, but it’s worth knowing the signs that your horse could be cold: lethargy; tucked stance; cold to touch; smaller appetite; behaviour changes; colic; and extreme shivering. Check up on your horse regularly.
  • Make sure your horses water supply is not frozen – remove ice rather than simply breaking it up. Provide water in buckets instead of using the automatic drinkers as these can freeze quite easily.
  • Some horses may benefit from a rug during the winter months (in particular thoroughbreds, Arab horses, fully clipped horses, old/ill/arthritic/underweight horses). Ensure the rug is of a suitable weight for your horse – for some horses a rain sheet in wet weather is enough. Rugs should be removed every day to be readjusted – always have a spare rug to swap out in case one is drenched. Over-rugging can make your horse sweaty and damp, which can lead to rug rub or infections, so make sure you regularly check if they’re getting too warm.
  • When riding, if your horse is sweated up they could easily catch a chill in winter.
  • Wear reflective clothing when riding.
  • Make sure your horse has access to shelter – check field shelters and consider additional windbreaks, such as hedgerows and trees. Ensure there is a dry resting area away from mud.
  • Provide additional feed as grass can often be sparse.
  • In wet, muddy weather, check hooves regularly for abscesses and loose shoes.
  • Mud fever is a particular concern in winter, a non-contagious skin condition that affects horses’ lower legs, causing scabs that can get infected. To prevent it, regularly check for scabs and swelling around lower legs, heels, and hooves. Wait for muddy legs to dry and brush away the mud rather than washing it off. You could add woodchip or mats to muddy areas as well.


  • Sheep are pretty well-accustomed to dealing with cold weather, but nevertheless it is important to provide access to good shelter and sufficient feed and forage. This is particularly important for ewes with young lambs.
  • Additional forage can boost energy reserves, while bales can be used for shelter.
  • Check troughs aren’t frozen and ensure regular access to water.
  • Check medicines and vaccines are stored at the correct temperature and don’t freeze.
  • Trim hooves every two months – this helps prevent against damage caused by ice fragments.
  • Ensure your barn is well-ventilated.
  • Know the signs of hypothermia: a lamb will look weak, gaunt, hunched up, have a cold mouth and ears. Warm lambs up with heated colostrum/milk replacement.
  • Use heat lamps or place lambs in a warming box.


  • Make sure cattle are well fed to provide them with energy to generate body heat.
  • Ensure there is water available – check troughs so they’re not frozen over.
  • Shelter is crucial in cold weather: three-sided sheds in fields allow respite from bad weather, while trees can work as windbreaks.
  • Mud can pose issues – it can lead to foot rot and thrush, while it prevents cattle from staying warm when covered in mud. Add gravel or woodchips to muddy patches.
  • Pregnant cattle will require special attention in winter, such as deworming and nutritional supplements.

Please take a note of our festive opening hours below:

We thank you for your continued business throughout the year and look forward to working with you in 2024. We wish you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need us.

MerlinVet will be exhibiting at this year’s BCVA Congress 2023, which is taking place 19th – 21st October at the Telford International Centre in Telford.

The event will feature discussions and demonstrations to offer interactive learning, with practical workshops, as well as socials on the Thursday and Friday nights.

We will be showcasing our fertility equipment including:


The MerlinVet E-JAC is a battery-operated self-contained electro-ejaculator designed for collecting semen from small ruminants. The E-JAC Ram Probe features:

  • rechargeable battery with USB charger
  • ergonomic design, suitable for all hand sizes
  • high-low setting allowing versatility when collecting semen from different breeds, ages, and species
  • lightweight with rubberised handle
  • precision control on/off button & power on light
  • protective carrier case
  • one year warranty
  • specialist electrode technology
  • the unit will operate for around 500 rams on a single charge

Pulsator V

The most advanced electronic bull ejaculator available, manufactured by Lane Manufacturing & distributed by MerlinVet, featuring:

  • Improved battery and charging
  • Smoother signal to the bull
  • Collect bull semen in a safe and controlled environment
  • Features state of the art electronics
  • Multiple, pre-programmed programs designed for specific breeds
  • Stimuli counter

Make sure you visit our stand for a chance to play our cornhole game, with some Merlin branded prizes on offer! It will be a great opportunity to meet the team and find out about MerlinVet, our products, and how we can add a touch of animal magic to your veterinary practice.

On 21st – 23rd September, MerlinVet will be exhibiting at Vet Dynamics Conference at Wyboston Lakes Resort near Bedford.

MerlinSPS, our health plan solutions service, and MerlinVet-cel, our veterinary buying group, will be on hand to answer any of your questions on how we can transform your veterinary practice’s journey.

With over 200 independent practice owners in attendance and 12 hours of vet business CPD, it’s set to be a great event which is targeted exclusively at independents.

If you can’t make the event, then make sure you catch us at BCVA in October or London Vet Show in November.



On 13th – 16th September 2023, MerlinVet and RelyneGI will be exhibiting at BEVA Congress, which is taking place at the ICC Birmingham.

As well as the exhibition for equine businesses, there will be over 90 hours of online and on-demand CPD, covering orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging, reproductive medicine, and internal medicine. The event will additionally feature live debates and sessions from international speakers, plus social events on each day. The socials include the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, an early morning jog (RunBEVA), Bova UK’s organised trip to Popworld, the Grad Party, various Happy Hours with the exhibitors, and the Annual Dinner & Dance on the Friday night.

RelyneGI is a sponsor of the Dinner & Dance, where we will have a special video booth for attendees to horse around in… Look out for some Relyne branded coasters on your tables!

There will be a great variety of topics discussed at lectures, workshops and practices, plus a multitude of different products being showcased, covering the full range of equine veterinary sciences and the latest innovations. All attendees will be able to access the recordings to all lectures for six months after the conclusion of BEVA Congress.

You’ll be able to find us at Stand B54, where you can talk to us about the benefits of RelyneGI, as well as the FluroGlide sutures we stock at MerlinVet.

Click here to find out more about BEVA.

This June 2023, MerlinVet Export is celebrating 10 years of MerlinVet supplying quality pharmaceuticals globally.

Since 2013, MerlinVet Export was launched as we expanded our operations outside of the UK and began exporting veterinary products worldwide, benefitting practices from Oman to Hong Kong.

To mark 10 years of MerlinVet Export, we’ll be running a special giveaway at London Vet Show on 16th – 17th November, which we’ll be announcing slightly later on in the year. For updates and further news, keep your eyes on our social media pages and make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter:

With temperatures forecast to remain high throughout the UK, there’s no better time to make sure you’re well aware of the potential risks to animals and how to keep them safe this Summer. Below we run through some tips and advice to keep different types of animals safe in the warmer weather.

General Pet Advice:

  • Don’t leave pets in your car or conservatory
  • Use pet-safe sun cream to protect your pets’ skin
  • Put out damp towels for them to lie on
  • Provide plenty of shade and constant access to fresh water (put some ice cubes in there too to keep it cool – an added bonus is that many animals love eating them)

Advice for Dog Owners:

  • Don’t leave dogs in your car, conservatory, caravan or outbuilding. If you see a dog in a hot car, call 999.
  • If you are driving and bringing your dog, think about travelling during cooler times of the day and arrange to take breaks.
  • Apply pet-safe sun cream to the exposed areas of your dog’s skin, including their ears and nose (white-furred dogs are particularly prone to sunburn).
  • Ensure there is plenty of access to shade and fresh water (ice cubes in the water bowl can be a nice treat for your dog) – take water out with you when leaving the house with your dog.
  • Provide a cool mat or damp towels to lie on (but don’t wrap the towel over your dog); if your dog loves splashing around then paddling pools and sprinklers can also be a fun way for them to cool down.
  • Groom your dog regularly to ensure their coat is lighter.
  • Walk your dog in the morning or evening to prevent their paws from burning and to reduce risk of heatstroke; check the temperature of the pavement with the back of your hand for 5 seconds and if it’s too hot for you, it will undoubtedly be too hot for your dogs’ paws. Signs that your dog has burned pads include licking/chewing their paws, darker coloured pads or any missing parts to the pad, blisters/redness, and refusing to walk or limping.
  • Avoid running or cycling with your dog when it’s hot.
  • When walking (avoid the hottest times of the day) make sure there is always access to shade, water, and a cool surface for their paws, such as grass.
  • Dogs more likely to suffer from heat exhaustion or to struggle during walks in the warmer weather include flat-faced breeds, dogs with thick coats, overweight dogs, very old or very young dogs, and dogs with heart problems or respiratory disease – remember that ultimately, any dog can be affected.

Learn the signs of heatstroke to keep your dog safe:

  • Excessive panting, heavy breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Red or purple gums
  • Heightened pulse
  • Glassy eyes & fearful expression
  • Lethargy and lack of coordination or seizures
  • Collapsing or vomiting & a reluctance to get back up afterwards

If you see a dog suffering from heatstroke, they’ll need to have their body temperature lowered by:

  • Ensuring the dog is in a shaded area
  • Pouring cool water (tap water 15-16°C) over the dog – avoid extremely cold water as it could shock them; continue to pour water over them until their breathing begins to settle
  • Placing wet towels under the dog ONLY in mild cases – in more extreme cases pouring water over them is the best option
  • Providing water for the dog to drink in small amounts
  • Avoiding pouring water over their head to reduce the risk of them drowning
  • When you have cooled the dog down, ensure you take them to your nearest vet

Advice for Cat Owners:

  • Don’t leave cats in your car, conservatory, caravan or outbuilding; also make sure you check sheds, greenhouses, and summerhouses for cats before closing them
  • Apply pet-safe sun cream to the exposed areas of your cat’s skin, including their ears and nose
  • Ensure plenty of access to shade and fresh water (ice cubes in the water bowl can be a nice treat for your cat)
  • Provide damp towels to lie on
  • Groom your cat regularly to ensure their coat is lighter
  • Leave your windows & doors ajar (if it is safe to do so – for cats which stay indoors make sure these have locking mechanisms) – this will allow a breeze throughout the house


Ticks are small, grey-brown parasites that suck blood from other animals (and humans!) with 6 or 8 legs, growing in size and darkening as they fill with blood. They climb or drop onto your pet’s coat when they brush past them, which can commonly occur when in woodland or grassland.

It’s important to remove ticks from your pets as soon as you notice them as they can carry diseases, such as Lyme Disease. Check your dog after returning from a walk – they’re big enough to spot by eye, but you can also run your hands over their body, particularly around the head, neck, ears and paws, to check for any small lumps that indicate the tick’s presence. Upon removal, it’s crucial to avoid squeezing the tick’s body or leaving the head in your pet’s body, as this can increase the chances of disease transmission. Therefore the best approach is using a tick removal tool (easily found in pet shops or vets), slowly pushing it under the tick, and twisting the tick clockwise until it comes loose. You should dispose of the tick in some tissue and flushing it down the toilet.

You can prevent ticks from biting your pets through tick treatments which kill or repel ticks once they attach themselves to the pet’s fur. You can ask your vet for more information about this. Never use cat tick medicine on dogs or dog tick medicine on cats – this can be fatal. If a tick has fed on your pet for a number of days, they’ll drop off but they may have transmitted a disease in this time. Lyme disease is one such infection which can be extremely serious – symptoms include depression, fever, lack of appetite, lameness and lethargy, swollen joints and swollen lymph nodes. It can be treated by antibiotics if caught early – contact your vet immediately if you suspect that your dog or cat has Lyme disease.

Advice for Rabbit/Rodent Owners:

  • Don’t house rabbits or rodents in your conservatory, greenhouse or glass buildings
  • Keep cages/hutches/runs out of direct sunlight
  • Provide extra drinking water and plenty of shade in their enclosures
  • Open windows for pets that live inside – this will allow a breeze to keep them cool
  • Regularly groom your rabbit/rodents
  • Spray water on the ground or gently mist your rabbit’s ears if they’re happy for you to do so
  • Frozen water in plastic bottles wrapped in a towl can be a good way to cool down your rabbit as they lie against them
  • Regularly (twice a day) check for signs of flystrike, especially around their tail and back end (make sure to clean this area often) – to additionally minimise the risk of flystrike, clean out their enclosure including toilet area (daily), bedding (weekly), and insect-proof any outdoor enclosures
  • If you think your rabbit, hamster, guinea pig or other pet rodent is suffering from heatstroke, move them to a shaded area, wrapping them in a damp towel, and calling your vet
  • Allow your rabbits and guinea pigs to supervised outdoor access in the garden (remove any hazards beforehand)

Advice for Horse Owners:

Horses are very much prone to dehydration and ultimately heat exhaustion or heatstroke as they often spend a lot of time outside in the sun. Some tips for keeping your horses cool and hydrated are below:

  • Provide plenty of water – horses need around 55 litres of water every day, but this increases during warmer weather. Automatic watering systems or full troughs of water are recommended. Horses need to sweat to keep cool – they require constant access to water to replace the large amounts of sweat they produce. A salt lick can help replace salts lost from sweating.
  • Provide constant access to shade.
  • Apply child-safe factor 50 suncream to horses with pink areas of skin (such as on the face).
  • Choose to ride your horse during cool times in the day i.e. in the morning or evening.

Signs of horses struggling from the heat include fast breathing and heart rate, lack of appetite and not drinking, lethargy, urinating less, and muscle spasms. You can tell if your horse is dehydrated by performing a quick examination of their gums – they should be pink, shiny, and moist. If they’re dry, pale or tacky then they could be dehydrated. If your horse is suffering from heat stroke or heat exhaustion then you should move them to a shaded area and pour water over them. Crucially, make sure you call your vet for advice.

Advice for Farmers & Livestock Owners:

  • Provide ample shade & fresh water
  • Keep their living areas well-ventilated
  • Use fans to reduce heat
  • Minimise the number of animals in living areas to help air circulate
  • If cattle are brought inside, provide unlimited water, milk cows later in the day when the temperature has dropped, cool animals down with water, and feed them at either end of the day
  • Pigs are prone to heat stress so make sure: they have wallows available to lose heat; their arcs are well-insulated; misting is installed; and if necessary, hose down pigs to cool them quickly – call your vet if you think they’re suffering from heat stress
  • Keep an eye on newly shorn sheep as they are more likely to suffer heat stress than fully fleeced sheep – the fleece acts as insulation against heat
  • Don’t transport farm animals during hot weather periods – if required, move them at night when the temperature has dropped

Much of this advice comes from the RSPCA. You can find out more and get further advice by visiting their website here.