Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Getting frustrated here!
My horse has had a swollen knee for a long time now. It swelled up her knee and above her knee. I tried cold hosing, DMSO, sweating it etc. nothing worked. She walks/trots and even canters around and bucks and rears in the field. However at times I can certainly tell that her leg gets tired. It has not changed at all for better or worse for several weeks.
I decided I had better get her to the vet and have her checked out. There was a lot of hassle trying to borrow a trailer, get lights for it, work around my uncle's work schedule etc. I finally was able to book an appointment a couple weeks ago. Then the electrical wouldn't work on the trailer. So I had to cancel. I actually ended up making an appointment with someone else as I heard they were really good with lameness issues etc. My appointment was for last Tuesday.
We took her in there (an hour away) and the secretary said the vet was out on an emergency farm call. We waited about an hour and she came out and said the vet had phoned her and would not be back for hours. She apologized and said she would call that afternoon about re-booking. So, we headed home. I got no phone call so I called the next morning. She said she had not talked to the vet yet and didn't know when she could book me.
So, I'm a little frustrated here! I still have not gotten a call back. I've heard he is really good, but his secretary doesn't seem terribly responsible. Of course I understand an emergency farm call takes precedence over a non-emergency, but she could have called us and let us know so we didn't waste the money and gas. And, I don't understand why it is taking so long to call me back. I think by next week I'll have to call them back and find out what is going on or go with someone else. Problem is, most of the other vets are a lot farther.
Any suggestions on how to handle this? I don't know if these kind of delays are normal with vets or not. I just don't want my poor mare to have to keep on waiting indefinitely! Thankfully she really isn't lame - that is why I haven't been as panicked about it. However, I do want her checked out!