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    07-02-2012, 10:26 AM
YAY! Agree 120%!! We don't even have our two horses yet and I have vet numbers and have visited their offices. I have called around and asked questions and know who my "go-to" vets will be before I have our horses even step foot on our property.

I'm all about the planning just because I've learned that as soon as I *haven't* one of my animals is going to make me regret it.
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    07-02-2012, 10:36 AM
Fantastic thread! Sadly something often overlooked, especially with first purchases. I always suggest clients establish a relationship with the vet before bringing the new horse home.

I love my vet, have an awesome working relationship. I've been with her since she started her practice. When you develop that kind of relationship with your vet, you can sleep well knowing that your horses will be taken care of when they need it. I'm lucky that I've got a good enough relationship with mine to have her cell & unlisted home phone numbers, no going through the answering service in an emergency. When we have mares in foal, she keeps track of due dates and will call just to check in on them as we are getting close. She called a couple days ago to check on my old man, we've had above normal temps and no rain, it's been miserable. She just wanted to make sure he wasn't wilting in the weather. I also return the favor for her, there have been a few times when her assistant has been sick that I've rode along for farm calls to help her out and I've also taken care of her horses when she is on vacation. She notes it on my account and gives credit whenever I have a bill.

When mine goes on vacation, I have 4 others that I can call in an emergency and a university vet school within an hour drive.

Excellent point made earlier about having the numbers handy, mine are all in my cell phone and I've even made vet & farrier some of my emergency contact numbers. If I have an accident on a horse that should require me to need assistance, it's likely my horse will too.
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    07-02-2012, 08:59 PM
I would also add that this is a great thread. Knowing your vet and their sub-vets can be great. If you do not want a vet in the area to see your horse you should make arrangements for an alternative on those nights/weekends/holidays when that vet is on. The vet has the right to refuse service.

I would also like to add that a lot of people are into giving banamine before the vet arrives. Banamine is a great pain killer but it also reduces heart rate which can delay a diagnosis. Horse in mild to moderate colic may be standing comfortably with a normal heart rate and which can lead a vet to thinking that the situation is not as dire as it may be. If you give that drug take your horses heart rate and respiration rate before giving them at least or call your vet and ask if its okay to give that medication. Every owner should know the normal heart rate, respiration rate and temperature range for a horse.

Temperature - 99-101 F
Pulse 36-42 beats per minute
Respiration 8-12 breaths per minute
Capillary refill time (2 seconds or less) gums should be pink, not white, bright red or blue.
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