Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services


  • You guys are awesome, thank you so much for looking after Taruni. - Sue from Greenbank

  • Amazing staff & services!- Susan from Beaudesert

  • Thank you so much for coming out to stitch my poor horse up this morning! It is the second time that I have had to call and get someone out and the service has been wonderful...and my horse is looking and feeling a lot better. - Jennie from Cedar Grove

  • Dr David Barthomomuez is brilliant. Yes I am totally biased but it is based on my experience over the last 6 wks with my mare Rivver. Treatment is still on going and I get the pleasure of picking David's brain for lots of horsey info when he does his weekly visit! I am very impressed with the way David handles and treats my mare, he genuinely cares. The girls in the office have also been wonderful to deal with. Keep up the great work team Vevs! - Cindi from Tamborine Village

  • "Thank you for your after-care service, I am very very impressed to say the least. The phone call from you today following up on my horses progress has won my business."

    - Sue from Gardenvale Stud

  • "Thanks to Dr David for helping my old man feel better... I would recommend this veterinary clinic to anyone, and I wouldn't use any other vet."

    -Nelly from Munruben

  • "I cannot fault their willingness to assist you as soon as possible, their capacity to prioritise so the most urgent animals are attended to quickly, their gentle way with horses, their knowledge and their reasonable prices..." - Sharon from Cedar Grove

  • "Thanks so much to Dr Dave and the team for all your hard work with getting Karrie in foal!!! We are very grateful and couldn't have done it without you guys!" - Lynette from Logan Village
  • "Your patience and gentle nature were greatly appreciated by both of us. Thank you." - Karen from Jimboomba

  • "Our family would like to give a big thank you and hug to Dr David, Kelly & all the team at Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services for saving our dog sid from a brown snake bite. Without their caring services I dont think sid would of made it, thanks guys. " - Hurchalla Family

  • "David and his team treat their client’s animals as if they were their own and have helped me and my horses in some very stressful situations over the years, thankfully, always with a excellent outcome!" - Toni from Jimboomba
  • "Thank you so much for the extra good care you took of Lilly ... I’ve always been extremely happy with Dave as our vet, I think he truly does a wonderful job, and you can really see how much he cares.” - Tania Banek

  • "The fact that Dave has been my vet for many years speaks volumes.  Dave has a very nice manner and deals with the horses in a calm and kind way.  He always takes time to explain options and procedures and to advise on what he considers to be the best course of treatment." - Gillian Coote
  • "Although we may have moved, we would not consider using any other veterinarian other than David to care for our horses." – Brett and Danielle from Wonglepong

  • "David has been my vet now for several years. Over that time with the highs and lows of my veterinary needs, David has always been compassionate, caring and friendly." - Marnie Wilmott

  • "We really appreciate David's practical, no-nonsense approach to everything, his vast knowledge and his abilities."

    – Marty & Danielle at North Maclean

  • "We feel that the care David shows our horses is the same as if they were his own."

    Weownna Warmbloods

  • "We have been using Dr "Bart" since we bought our first two ponies for our girls 6 years ago. He has always given us great advice and service over the years." – B & G Russell

  • "At VEVS, I always get the right advice, which means I’ve always gotten the right result"

    – Peter @ Acton Classical Equitation

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Paralysis Ticks & Your Dog &/or Cat


paralysis_tickEvery year vet practices are inundated with ill dogs and cats, struck down by the paralysis tick. Paralysis Ticks, a native species to this country,  are more common on the East coast of Australia (unfortunately that means us), and generally use native wildlife as a host. Some domestic pets have reportedly built up resistance to the parasite, but this is via repeat exposure at low levels (and if contact did not kill them in the first instances).



Poison is an essential component of the tick's saliva, and its injection allows the tick to drink from its victim. This poison will accumulate at the bite site and usually absorption will continue, even after the tick has been removed. This is why your pets symptoms may become progressively worse even 24-48hrs after the tick's departure.


  • Lethargy
  • Wobbliness, weakness in the hind quarters
  • Difficulty eating & drinking, gagging on food
  • Laboured breathing
  • Collapse
  • Very occasionally vomiting/diarrhoea
  • Death

Dollarphotoclub 66268781smlDiagnosis

If your pet presents with the above symptoms, get them to your vet straight away. Diagnosis will occur from presence of ticks, clinical symptoms, presence of tick bite sight. Sometimes there is no real indication that a tick is the cause, and in this instance snakebite may be another possible diagnosis.


Treatment for tick paralysis is expensive, and can involve hospitalisation, fluids, sedation, oxygen therapy, and most importantly, tick antiserum.


This is always guarded, because despite our best efforts they may not always be able to be saved. The majority are usually able to survive, but this is usually dependant on receiving comprehensive treatment: for this illness, short cuts may prove fatal.

Prevention - Dogs

  • If you don't have cats, Advantix spot-on can work really well (but it is highly toxic for cats, even with low contact)
  • Frontline have a spot-on and a spray. Dr Dave prefers the spray, especially for big dogs
  • Flea collars are good, but ensure you are replacing them regularly as per guidelines.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, check over their coat thoroughly as often as possible. You can still have the other preventatives in place and have your pet struck with tick paralysis.

Prevention - Cats

  • Frontline spray is the only practical prevention, a thorough application every 3 weeks is recommended. Never use a product that is only recommended for dogs on your cat, as they are often toxic
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, check over their coat thoroughly as often as possible. You can still have the other preventatives in place and have your pet struck with tick paralysis.

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