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post #21 of 32 Old 03-15-2011, 04:09 PM
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I know of over 10 vets I can call if worst case scenario were to arise. And I livein Ireland a tiny little island smaller then most states! Yet I seem to have more access to vetinary care for my horse then the one of the worlds biggest contintent. In my head it just doesnt add up.

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post #22 of 32 Old 03-15-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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I know of over 10 vets I can call if worst case scenario were to arise. And I livein Ireland a tiny little island smaller then most states! Yet I seem to have more access to vetinary care for my horse then the one of the worlds biggest contintent. In my head it just doesnt add up.
Trust me, it is frustrating. There are some vets in the town over, but they refuse to travel this way (about an hour drive one way) and unfortunately our trailer is a little 80's two horse that is about to fall apart and can only make small and very short trips. Hence my Veterinary Medicine schooling now haha.

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It makes me scratch my head too.
I know people in various parts of the country and none of them have this one vet problem. They all have a favorite vet (as do I), but if there was an emergency and their vet was out of town or such there are other vets to use.


I know what antibiotics do.
I am asking what infection does the vet think the horse might have from an impaction colic?
When Beauty severed the tendons in her left leg and the arteries in her right I called my vet (at that time) who was caring for a colic. I called another vet who was out a town and another who said, get this, they do not respond to emergencies unless you are a current patient! I waited over 2 hours for Doc to arrive (he couldn't leave his current emergency). He stiched the artery and then had to send me 2 hours to the equine hospital for the tendons, had I known that I'd have hauled her straight out as we narrowly escaped missing the window of oppurtunity for repair.

He was a one man show, I switched to a vet that is an hour away after that, it's a 5 veterinary practice, the farm call alone is $75 but I'm garunteed a vet when I need one....

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post #24 of 32 Old 03-15-2011, 04:14 PM
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I have never heard of that.
(Other than the horse that I know that had colic surgery.)

I guess different vet different ideas.
His was a sand colic and it was because they feared he had scraped the lining of his intestines. Which actually did happen the first time he coliced, in recent instances it has been a precaution. They put him on antibiotics after he choked as well.

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That is crazy they wouldnt deal with your emergency!
Also another off topic question would you only use equine specialist vets or any large animal practice?
My main vet is mainly cows etc but does all horses dogs etc as well.
Every vet I know of is the same

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That is crazy they wouldnt deal with your emergency!
Also another off topic question would you only use equine specialist vets or any large animal practice?
My main vet is mainly cows etc but does all horses dogs etc as well.
Every vet I know of is the same
I use an equine specialist. There are two in Southern CO that are qualified. I wouldn't mind using a large animal practice, but I prefer someone who specializes in cases like the one I just had with my mare, as well as for basic and extensive reasons.

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Well I don't have a vet near me... We had two but the both stoped doing large animals because the girl's knees were getting too bad and the guy was allergic to hay and horses. My closest vet is 1- 1 1/2 hours away. We have vets but they don't do horses.

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post #28 of 32 Old 03-15-2011, 06:27 PM
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Wow I have a lot of vets not too far away. My main vet has 2 vets and a specialist surgeon who operated on Hunters hernia. I certainly wouldn't like not having a vet nearby.

Of Course Hunter is boarded in the horse capital of Canada (or maybe that's just BC) lol
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post #29 of 32 Old 03-15-2011, 06:42 PM
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APHA for life kinda reminds me of Petsforlife. They both get mad when they are questioned about what they have said,, they both have three horses, they both life in Colorado and both had vets that never wanted to come out. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

I live in a valley of 1200 people and this valley has FOUR vets....... Amazing that your town only have one vet.
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post #30 of 32 Old 03-15-2011, 07:03 PM
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How come every part of America only seems to ever have one vet................?
Not just you OP its like every post in health says its the only vet for 100miles or something. Is there a severe vet shortage in America or something??
Where I live there is only one vet practice that does horses within a reasonable driving distance, they are about 45 minutes, they are a 2 vet practice and can be difficult to get out. The next vet is about 2.5 hours out, unless there is one i'm unaware of. There are a ton of small animal vets in my immediate area(at least 8 within a half hour of me) I don't live in an area with a lot of horses so there isn't too much of a need for equine vets
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