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    01-08-2010, 09:58 AM
^^ my vets have always said their teeth should be checked every 6 months regardless of their age. They don't drug them just to check in their mouth though so their is no charge if their teeth arent done.

I see my vet every day, im not a creep, I just work for her =D my horses also see her all the time because we board together ! She looks at them 2xs a year unless something comes up
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    01-08-2010, 10:01 AM
Thats pretty sweet that you board with the vet.
    01-08-2010, 10:01 AM
Pfft, more than I'd like right now. LOL.

If I am lucky and things are going good, I see my Vet 3x a year. Spring Vaccinations and Coggins. Once a year for his teeth, and near the fall we get his Booster Shots.

Lately, we've had to deal with choke, Patomic Fever *sp* and now, lame on his hind right hock.

What next? *knocks on wood*

I am so broke, it's not funny. I think I will have to promise my never to be first born to them *vets* with how much I've racked up in the last year.
    01-08-2010, 10:09 AM
I see the vet once...maybe twice a year...

I meet my horse dentist at the vets office but I tech. Don't have to deal with the vet...just the dentist the vet office is just a convenient place to meet...but I do get my coggins drawn at the same time... I get the coggins once a year an the dentist twice so...

I have a vet tech friend who is certified to give all the I just get all mine once a I don't count her coming out to do it...she does it for free...

So yea...I actually have to deal with the vet once a year...maybe twice...atleast with my he never hurts himself...the occasional minor scratch or cut but its always superficial and most of the time I just rub some ointment on it an leave it be...

My new mare is another story...shes sorta accident prone...she is jokingly called the walking vet bill...but lets hope nothing like that happens on my watch...If it does my vet tech buddy has been teaching me some stuff to where I could handle almost any long as nothing is broken or bone is showing lol and if I couldnt handle it out the vet would come!

So yea I don't think your missing anything...I see my vet once or twice...unless I have an emergency I can't handle myself. :)
    01-08-2010, 10:53 AM
I have a vet tech friend who is certified to give all the I just get all mine once a I don't count her coming out to do it...she does it for free...
You don't have to be certified to give shots. Most owners I know do it themselves, but I don't. In my state rabies MUST be adminitered by a vet not a vet tech. I wouldnt have anyone but my vet do it, so I can get a rabies certificate if necessary. If your horse is suspected to have rabies, and you can't produce a certificiate you may be forced to put your horse down.
    01-08-2010, 10:56 AM
I have a seperate dentist, she recommended a 6 month check because Frida had never had her teeth done and had lots of points, she wiggled her wolf teeth out and didn't change me, thank god. I didn't know that there were spring shots and fall shots. Which are given in the spring, and which in fall?
    01-08-2010, 11:02 AM
You can give shots 2x a year. But I have only done them when the horse is due, yearly. If there is an outbreak of something in the area, the vet may suggest you give that shot more requently.
    01-08-2010, 11:29 AM
Barring any emergencies, twice. He comes to the house once a year to do all the dogs and horses. Then I have to take the horses to him to do their teeth. If he could do the teeth here, it would be once but it would be a really long day.
    01-08-2010, 11:36 AM
For routine stuff twice per year. I like my vet having a relationship with my horses. I think it helps when there is an emergency. Well worth it to have them out twice per year for shots and routine teeth and sheath cleaning for the gelding.
    01-08-2010, 11:54 AM
Routinely - twice (not talking about emergencies). I call the vet to give all shots (rabbies MUST be done by the vet and some barns around here require you to have papers that you did all shots by vet if you want to take lessons/train), coggins and teeth. Since my qh is very sick after too many shots I have to split them into 2 visits (week or 2 in between).

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