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post #1 of 34 Old 01-08-2010, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow How often do you see your Vet?

When I purchased Frida in June I called a Vet to come out and do an health exam, administer common vaccines, (Rhino, Rabies, West Nile, Tetanus, Potomac Fever) as well as draw blood for a coggins test. I haven't talked to him since. She gets her feet and teeth trimmed/floated on a routine schedule. Apart from emergencies and/or sudden sickness, when should I see him again? In June? I guess I should feel thankful that I don't have to call him for much, but it's just odd because so many people talk about how expensive their care is and I was wondering if I'm missing something important. Thanks!
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post #2 of 34 Old 01-08-2010, 07:47 AM
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Im not sure how much we book for worming and stuff, I think twice a year? (lol ya, im bad, I don't know when my horse gets wormed, but the barn owner books it for us!) I never see him other then that, other then when he comes out to look at other peoples horses..... maybe the people your talking about have an expensive vet?

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post #3 of 34 Old 01-08-2010, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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I worm her myself on the rotating schedule...ivermectin, strongid, pyrsomethingorother. Thanks :)
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The only time I ever have the vet out is for coggins and emergencies I cannot handle. I do my own worming, shots everything. And I even usually work through my own colics unless really bad. It saves money to do things that way. I even super glue bad cuts and havent had a scar yet... but you have to be carefull... some horses can have an allergic reaction.
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Mine comes out in April for spring shots/coggins and the fall for fall shots. We have to have her out in March to get a booster series started on my yearling this year, but normally 2x a year, unless there is an emergency.

I do all the deworming.

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Dougie has to have his teeth done every 6 months because he is under the age of 6. He's had all his vaccinations now [he got his last one today]. Other than that, its just emergancies. So about 2 times a year, more if he's needing vaccinations, extra teeth care [he had to have his wolf teeth out this year] or emgergancies.
He's had 3 vets out in the past 3 days for his shoulder wound. He's got another vet visit on Monday and then he'll have vet visits a couple of times a week until he's healed enough.
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post #7 of 34 Old 01-08-2010, 09:23 AM
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Dougie has to have his teeth done every 6 months because he is under the age of 6.
that's funny cause my dentist only tells me he "needs" to come out once a year. He's certified and went to school. I've only herd of a dentist coming out more if the horse was older or there were corrective issues. I guess everyone has a different opinion. I don't get my vet to do dental work, he's not as trained as a certified dentist is. To me its almost the same as having a vet do your farrier work, sure he can do it, but its not his primary function. Ill have him look the horses teeth over for problems, but I don't get him to actually float them, even thought its about half the cost.

My vet comes out a few times a year. Five times last year, once for my mares shots/coggins, once for x-rays for my mare, once to look over my new weanling, once to check out the little guy for worms, and once to start his shots. The most expensive visit was for x-ray and flexion and blocking on my mare with navicular. That I got a specialized lameness vet for, I didnt use my regular vet. They had more advanced radiographing, it was digital, so they gave me a more acurate diagnosis of her problem. I use an inexpensive vet for shots and I use the "experts" for emergency/diagnosis type things. The emergency vet costs twice as much, but in some situation I'd rather have them out.

You should only really need a vet once to twice a year for shots and the like. Your friends who say it expensive probably have out of the ordinary issues, or are paying expensive farm calls. Or maybe just has a skewed idea of how much a vet visit should cost. I got a $200 farm call once, I think it was on easter or something, but sometimes you can't put it off. My horse had a swollen eye lid and possible eye trauma. I've had alot of emergency visits for my animals over the years, and Im not shocked to see a $500+ bill anymore. (My cat was 2k+.)
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My girls only see the vet once a year if we're lucky, so far we haven't had any other reason to have the vet out (thank god!).

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post #9 of 34 Old 01-08-2010, 09:52 AM
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Thats funny cause my dentist only tells me he "needs" to come out once a year. He's certified and went to school. I've only herd of a dentist coming out more if the horse was older or there were corrective issues. I guess everyone has a different opinion. I don't get my vet to do dental work, he's not as trained as a certified dentist is. To me its almost the same as having a vet do your farrier work, sure he can do it, but its not his primary function. Ill have him look the horses teeth over for problems, but I don't get him to actually float them, even thought its about half the cost.
Once a year is the norm, its because Dougie is young, that the vet comes every 6 months. He had to have his wolf teeth out in the summer, and young horses generally have quite a lot going on in their mouth up until about the age of 6-7. If you notice your horse having trouble eating, dropping weight, dribbling food ect. You can call the vet and ask for a teeth check.

It all varies from horse to horse really. Teeth are the regulars. If you have an older horse you might want to have more regular check ups to make sure everything is as it should be. Vets are very expensive, but neccassary. Better to be safe than sorry, I always say. (:
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The only time I ever have the vet out is for coggins and emergencies I cannot handle. I do my own worming, shots everything. And I even usually work through my own colics unless really bad. It saves money to do things that way. I even super glue bad cuts and havent had a scar yet... but you have to be carefull... some horses can have an allergic reaction.
Here in Pa a vet MUST give the rabies... so if you want a rabies shot you have to call out the vet

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