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Reynards Phenomenon

I have Reynards Phenomenon. You are usually born with this condition and something will trigger it off as per usual with multiple conditions.

I am lucky that I can still function with only minor effects.

This condition is caused by narrowing of the veins which supply your body with blood. My cheeks, hands and feet are affected. When the weather is cold….(cold to me) then my extremities will lose colour. My fingers begin to turn white, then a pale grey/blue colour. This is followed by lack of feeling or a tingley feeling in my hands. Even though it is now April and it’s becoming warmer, even today whilst out, half of my fingers had changed colour and were icy to touch. My cheeks turn red like a beetroot and my ears begin to tingle.

When I come inside, everywhere affected by Reynards begin to feel like they are burning. A hot tingle shoots through my body. After a while of being inside, the blood rushes back into my extremities causing them to turn red before returning to its usual colour. When I have a Reynards ‘attack’ my hands become slightly swollen, they feel like big sausages and gripping or holding things become hard.

I remember  in school after PE, I had to ask my friend to do up my blouse because I couldn’t grip or feel the buttons.

For the first time in my life, Winter 2016 and early 2017, I had my first chilblain!  It was on my finger, it swelled up and it hurt when I had a Reynards ‘attack’. As the months went on, I appeared to have another one on the same finger and it grew into one big one. Obviously didn’t want to leave one all on its own! Thankfully, now it’s slightly warmer, both chilblains have gone down but it’s still red and slightly raised. When I put pressure on it, it still hurts. I’m unsure if it’ll ever return to normal size…. any ideas?!

The doctor prescribed me Nifedipine and this is to be taken 3 times day. They are calcium channel blockers. They basically enlarge the veins within my body to reduce the chance of a ‘attack’.

Some people do buy special clothing which can help prevent ‘attacks’ you can find them here.

Do you have this condition too, what’s your experience?



The Five Freedoms

Every mammal, amphibian, bird, fish, reptile and arthropod have the right to live in accordance with the 5 Freedoms. Abiding by these ensure health, safety and good mental & physical wellbeing.

In compliance with the Animal Welfare Act 2006, every human in authority over animals must make certain that the welfare of animals are met.

The 5 Freedoms:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
  2. Freedom from discomfort
  3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  4. Freedom to express normal behaviour
  5. Freedom from fear and distress

If a person is found not to be making adequate preparation to fulfill these needs or is presenting acts of cruelty and neglect, then the person could face a prison sentence, up to a £20,000 fine or be permently prohibited from possession of all animals.

I would like to ask you all to email your local MP so the law can be changed to a minimum of a 5 year prison sentence if cruelty and neglect has taken place. The #notfunny campaign which is being run by Battersea Cats and Dogs Home needs your support. So please do go onto the website and become a voice for those poor animals who can’t talk themselves.



Equine Strangle

Equine Strangles is an extremely infectious disease and is caused by bacteria.

To prevent this, all horses should be vaccinated. If the correct preventative procedures are carried out then the horse will be at a lesser risk of contracting diseases in general, not only strangles. It is also recommended that when acquiring a new horse, that it should be quarantined for at least 2 weeks in its own field away from others. This is so if it does have any illnesses then they will become visible before introduction to the new yard and horses already living there.

Typical symptoms of this disease include visable abscess which may burst, nasal secretion and they may find it difficult to breathe.

If an owner has suspicion that a horse has strangles then an equine specialist should be contacted. The vet will ensure the correct knowledge and medication has been given. This is so the owner knows how to prevent it in the future as well as how to administrate the medication to enable a good recovery.

If a horse is diagnosed with this disease, then the vet would usually prescribe a type of penicillin and advised how to keep the abscess clean so they don’t become infected.

After a successful recovery and the horse is back to its normal cheeky self, before introducing the horse back to its home then a deep clean must take place. That includes all rugs, buckets, troughs, rubber matting and field shelters and anything else which the horse has had contact with to ensure strangles has been completely removed from the area.

With veterinary treatment, most horses make a full recovery but secondary infections and complications are possible. If strangles is treated as soon as it is spotted, then the horse won’t be put in unnecessary pain. This will be abiding by the Five Freedoms.

It is always cheaper to prevent an illness, than to treat one.

Have you personally had to deal with Strangles in your yard? Please leave a comment on your experience and help educate others.

Written by Youngcurlyt

Canine Intestinal Parvovirus

Parvovirus is a serious and highly contagious disease. It affects domestic and wild animals but also your beloved pet dog. Parvo’ was detected in the 1970’s and it is a viral infection.

This disease has a high mortality rate, it can be spread through infected animals’ urine, vomit and feaces. It hasn’t yet been confirmed how long parvovirus can survive on the ground but even if the rain has washed the produce away, the disease will still be there. It is very important to inoculate dogs against this during the routine vaccines.

If there is suspicion a dog has contracted it, then it must be isolated to reduce risk of transmission to healthy dogs. Common indicators include lack of appetite, diarrhea with blood traces, a high temperature and being physically sick.

The veterinary surgery should be phoned and warned before turning up so they can be prepared.
Once at the vets, the staff will wear disposable gloves, overalls and shoes. These will be placed into special orange bags then placed into a autoclave to sterilize them. The dog will be given fluids to reduce dehydration and be closely observed for improvement or secondary infections. There is no medical cure for parvovirus but the animals will be fully supported whilst trying to fight this disease off. If successful, positive developments are usually seen within 2-4 days. It will take a few weeks for the dog to revert to its usual self.

Before the dog returns home, all towels, bedding, bowls, toys and brushes are appropriately cleaned to ensure parvo has been abolished. It can also live as particles on floors and surfaces within the home so a full clean is advised.

For more information about this subject, check out PetMD or Princes Animal Hospital. 

Written by Youngcurlyt

EU Citizens to Stay in the UK

Do you agree or disagree that EU Citizens should remain in the UK? Well I agree. #Righttostay

You know when you go to the hospital, to A&E for example, you sit and wait. Before you can be treated you see a nurse to be assessed, then you see a doctor, maybe get sent to the X-Ray department or you are told you need an operation etc. Well some of those doctors and nurses aren’t British. They are fully trained professionals from abroad. EU Citizens are a huge part of our healthcare department and without those people things wouldn’t run smoothly.

So what if people are born elsewhere; they’re still human, still work just as hard as British people if not harder, they have friends, families, jobs and hobbies. They have a life here. People are equal.

The United Kingdom leaving the European Union is causing uncertainty, suffering and stress. Would you like to be told, oh well we aren’t sure whether you can continue your happy life here?! You may have to go back to where you were born and start from scratch all over again. To return for some people, to the poverty and bad conditions of living…… No? Well that’s what some people are having to face.

Did you know that to become a British Citizen via Naturalisation, you usually have to of lived here for 5 years? There are multiple ways but this is the most common way. For more information of this matter, please check out:

Whoever you are, wherever you are in the world, somebody from the European Union has helped you. Treated you, taught you, served you, befriended you.

Citizens have a #Righttostay

What is your opinion; why not share your views in the comment box, or like and share on social media?!

Written by Youngcurlyt