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post #71 of 97 Old 04-11-2012, 11:00 PM
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I don't know anything about foaling. I learned two main things from this thread; If you have pregnant mare, plan ahead for everything, learn everything that might happen and what is normal. Ahead of time.

2. Keep an emergency vet fund. IF you cannot manage one, you should probably not have an animal like a horse.
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post #72 of 97 Old 04-11-2012, 11:20 PM
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So the Veterinarian Merek Manual is incorrect, as is the dosage on the label of the bottle..that's good to know.
There is a reason vets go to school and do not just read out of a book or off a bottle.

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No, I rarely use antibiotics unless they are needed. my worming program works just fine thank you...I'm luck I don't live in an area full of diseases, we get west nile and strangles, but that's about it around here.
Yet you felt you could make an adequate "assessment" over the internet, without any knowledge of vitals or actually SEEING the horse, that they were needed. Hmm.
Let me know when your area catches up to what most vets are now recommending for deworming-which is fecals with twice yearly worming. You will be amazed how little dewormer is actually needed. But-someone has to eke those companies in business!
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I really doubt if this area will ever catch up to the rest of the world, it's still pretty backwards here. There only one equine vet hospital in a 400 mile radius, 2 vets that will do "field surgeries", and I haven't had any that ask to do fecal testing for worms, I don't worm every 2 months I do it 3 times a year, after the first hard freeze, after it quits freezing, and mid summer, we don't get the bot fly's in this area.

As far as tell the OP to use penicillin for the infection, I went through that with a mare last year, that's was I was told to do by my vet, because he couldn't get out until the next day to flush her out. Perhaps I should have qualified that in my post.

As far as getting information from books that's were the vets get it during school.

And I believe I was right on when I told the OP it was postpartum discharge.

As far as a reaction to antibiotics the vet doesn't know either if there will be a reaction, until the meds are given. Granted most people don't keep epinephrin in their med box in case of a reaction, but I do because I have a horse allergic to bees.
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2. Keep an emergency vet fund. IF you cannot manage one, you should probably not have an animal like a horse.
Depending on life I have anywhere from $400 to $1000 saved. That is the pets emergency find period, 3 cats, 2 dogs, 1 horse. However I have a fairly good relationship with my vets and I feel ok enough that even when it is at it's lowest they would come to an arrangement with me.

I would be totally in a mess if my regular vets were not available that day though. Especially my horse vet as I have only used one in the US.
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I really doubt if this area will ever catch up to the rest of the world, it's still pretty backwards here. There only one equine vet hospital in a 400 mile radius, 2 vets that will do "field surgeries", and I haven't had any that ask to do fecal testing for worms, I don't worm every 2 months I do it 3 times a year, after the first hard freeze, after it quits freezing, and mid summer, we don't get the bot fly's in this area.

As far as tell the OP to use penicillin for the infection, I went through that with a mare last year, that's was I was told to do by my vet, because he couldn't get out until the next day to flush her out. Perhaps I should have qualified that in my post. Probably that would have been good information rather and making it fact.

As far as getting information from books that's were the vets get it during school.So-tell you what. the next time you need a doctor, just go to the medical school. SOmeone in class should be able to help you. You obviously are either oblivious or clueless to all of the extra education vets, mds ANY profession for that matter, get outside the classroom. Difference is-for them it is structured and required to actually have all those fancy letter after their name. As a person with a health care background I find your attitude flippant and insulting to the intelligence of those of us who have chosen these careers. You have no idea how silly you sound.

And I believe I was right on when I told the OP it was postpartum discharge. Good on you. Most likely you are a mom who had it yourself. THing is-that is a dangerous assumption to make-again-without even SEEING the mare.

As far as a reaction to antibiotics the vet doesn't know either if there will be a reaction, until the meds are given. Granted most people don't keep epinephrin in their med box in case of a reaction, but I do because I have a horse allergic to bees.
No, you are right. Noone can predict that. However, I bet your little epi pen wouldn't do much on a 1000# horse. Nor do I even know if you can give a horse epi. I am human trained and smart enough to know that just because WE can take it doesn't mean they can. For all I know it may kill them. THat is why there are vets and doctors. Different education for different species.

I will not give any of my animals ANYTHING without being told by a VET that I can. Period. If is much safer that way, and I treasure the lives of my animals.
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I keep an emergency amount of money around all the time, but that was recently used for some human expenses that were serious emergency status of the health nature. The vet here is just going to bill me because I get paid soon, and then my emergency fund is going to begin to get built back up again.

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I don't have an epi pen I have a vile of it, yes I have training above the average person.

And by the way who peed in your cheerios this morning.
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I don't have an epi pen I have a vile of it, yes I have training above the average person.
I can have nursing qualifications within 2 years at my community college, God bless them, it's such an underestimated career. Vets tend to get a bit more respect though because of all the years in university and the cost and brain power used to get the piece of paper.

Good luck with self medicating your animals though. Please don't share information about it so we don't get too distressed. I'll opt to keep paying my vet.
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