After seeing so many "Help, What do I do?" threads and the quick, CALL A VET response, I'm just curious, what are your personal guidelines for calling a vet?
Before answering the question let's lay out a format for answering. Let's cover, where you keep your horse (such as at home or in a facility or at a friends house, etc.) then let's cover how love you've had horses and then we'll cover what types of things are vet calls. For instance, I'll start:
My horses are kept at my house. I have a barn with a stall for each horse, paddocks, and pasture turn out. I've owned Pistol (he was my first horse) for about 24 years now, he's 27.
Generally, if there is a scrape or a small cut I'll doctor it myself. If the horse is lame, depending on the amount of soreness and where it's located I'll play the wait and see game, with some hosing or soaking, whatever I feel is necessary and maybe a call to a friend, trainer, or a post on this board.
If it's a colic issue I will usually monitor and maybe banamine depending on which horse it is and what type of colic. I almost always place a call to the vet but may not always ask them to come out, depending on the issue. I will call a friend or post on the board. With Pistol it's an immediate visit from the vet.
If it's a fever I call the vet for opinion and then usually bute and watch then maybe post on this board.
Etc. Now, the responses I receive from this board are always... call the vet
so of course I've learned to put that in my original post! LOL....
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