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    11-01-2011, 01:57 PM
just curious ...vet or no vet

Just curious... since I joined a few months ago it seems some people have access to vets more so then others. And I was wondering if anyone would like to share why that is.

I don't have access to vets every time there is an emergency. Our closest vet service is a 30 minutes away but they don't service my area even if I paid extra(i asked). The only vet service that does is in another state. 2hours away from my farm. And sometimes they just can't get out there. If there is a storm in my area we are on our own. Thankfully we have some nice vets because everytime they come out they teach us something new... even if it doesn't pertain to why they came out. Example. Like how to handle deep wounds if they can't come and how you can use butterfly stitches to close it until they get there. Which could be days depending on weather. And the list goes on.

So please share why and how you have access to your vet... I am really interested. I think it helps understand where everyone is coming from.
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    11-01-2011, 02:07 PM
My vet lives 40 minutes from me, and is not the closest, but I live in a very horsey community so there are at least 2 others available. Though I do live in a very rural place. I can't imagine not being able to call a vet and have them come out.
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    11-01-2011, 02:12 PM
I have one vet 30 minutes to the east who has treated my horses. He's older now and prefers to do small animals, but because we have a long term relationship (over 20 years) he will look at my horses.

His son is 30 minutes to the west of me and has set up a wonderful practice that caters to all animals small and large. He, personally, specializes in equines.

Both vets travel. I've never had an issue getting a vet out. Perhaps that's something particular to Canada, or Alberta, but with the wide open spaces we have here, you really have to travel!

I've also trailered my horses to the vet's if they cannot come out. I consider this to be one of the necessities and responsibilities of horse ownership for me; to be able to provide vet care for my charges. Therefore I keep my truck and trailer in good condition for these emergencies.
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    11-01-2011, 02:12 PM
Can't help really, I've only ever had to call a vet out once in my life and it was because of a foster horse (that little pig) had gotten into more food than he could handle and colicked and I was unable to walk him through it.

To be honest, I've just never run into a situation where I needed a vet. I learned how to do my own shots a few years ago from my Grandma (she's been doing it for years), and in all honesty I just have the most health-amazing horse on the planet. I take care of any cuts she gets, watch for infections and fight it as they come... the only time I've come close to calling a vet was when she had a blown abscess- but it was already done in a few days. My family is very do-it ourselves sort of people.

However, I still have a number of a vet the next town over (the only one I know who does horses) in the case something goes seriously bad, and I keep my horse neighbor (who lives ten minutes away) on call as well, she has MANY years of experience that I have admittedly relied on more than once.

Really I think it's just as important to have people nearby who have experience and can help just as important as it is to know of a vet you can call when things go down the drain. Minor things though, like mud fever, small abscesses, colds, topical fungal infections, cuts and abrasions ect- I say just try to have a mentor and learn to do it yourself.
Hope that helps at least a little bit, if nothing else it's just some two-cents to add to the pile :)
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    11-01-2011, 02:19 PM
Tianimalz, curious question; what do you do about coggins? Only a vet is authorized to do those.

Since two of my horses routinely leave the property, I'm required to have a current negative coggins on them.

Plus, here in VA only a vet is supposed to administer the rabies vaccine, mostly so they can keep track of what animals have and haven't had them.

I'm out in the boonies, and the vets I use are all 40-50 miles away. Even my emergency vet is 40 miles out. VA's a big state, so I'm a little surprised that a smaller state like NJ wouldn't have closer vets.

I rarely call them, preferring to doctor known things myself, but then, I've had horses well over 30 years so don't panic when something minor happens.
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    11-01-2011, 02:20 PM
Thanks guys just like to hear what and how everyone deals with the different situations when it comes to vets and there services. :)
    11-01-2011, 02:21 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Tianimalz, curious question; what do you do about coggins? Only a vet is authorized to do those.

Since two of my horses routinely leave the property, I'm required to have a current negative coggins on them.
Got coggins done once right before I got her. But I don't leave the area, so I have no reason to go get them just yet. Will I have too? Sure, eventually, but I don't have a trailer... heck I don't even have a truck yet so putting it off so my bank account doesn't turn inside out
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    11-01-2011, 02:21 PM
Speed racer - I live in nj and we can administer rabies shots as long as we give records to the vet. As for coggins the vet still has to do that. We have been doing it for years and never had a problem.
    11-01-2011, 02:23 PM
Our vet will come out for just about anything, we have a ton in the area too though. Although, depending on severity, would just load them up and bring them to the big vet center 20 mins away.
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    11-01-2011, 02:24 PM
Kait, different states of course have different laws. I CAN administer the rabies vaccine myself, but neither the state nor my vet would recognize it if there was an outbreak in my area. Which does happen. There was a case of a horse with rabies not more than 20 miles from me in 2009.
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