Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Ultrasounds here are about $200. And even then, they might need to X-ray, which is another $200. Some vets want to do a lameness eval, which somehow comes out to $90, on top of the farm call, which is at least $80. My vet said that without doing an ultrasound, he can't know for sure, but that usual treatment is to use a heating liniment or poultice, wrapping, and some confinement combined with hand-walking. He said to avoid stall rest, but minimal running is best. I think I'm more than capable of handling it myself. Not to mention, it's been a month. If it were going to get worse, it would have, but it hasn't.
I'm calling all the vets in the area and talking to them, but seeing as none of the vets have said "I need to see her right now" and are saying "It's a really good sign that it doesn't hurt," and "it's unlikely that it's anything too serious, but we'd need an ultrasound to know for sure" instead, I'm not feeling any sense of urgency.
I understand why you are saying what you're saying, because I would say the same thing in your shoes. I would walk through hell and back for my horses if I had to. But in this case, I feel very strongly that I'd pay a fortune for the exams just to have the vet say, "It's this condition, keep her from moving too much and use a heat liniment or poultice, and hand walk her twice a day." =]
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