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post #1 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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vets that refuse to come after hours and weekends for emergencys

Hey guys I'm reading on the forum about the mare and baby and it gets me to thinking about my own situation. I HAD a vet that would come out after hours and thank GOD when my mare got tangled up in the fence Friday night of a holiday weekend OF COURSE, (when else do you have catastrophic injuries but on Friday night?) he did come but now I'm told that he does not want to work weekends and evenings any more. He has a new family after the original wife left him because he worked too much.....

there are several other vets in the area, one of good with cattle and might come but IMO hes not a great vet, not even a good vet really and hes CRAZY expensive. To give an example he charged 4 times what the normal vet does for a c-cection on a dog and everything I've seen from him is half ass work at 4 X price....

Another vet that i like a lot but he never works weekends or evenings and the clinic will refer you to one of their other offices that has whatever kid just graduated vet school with small animal specialty.

with SO many vets referring their emergency calls to other clinics how do you go about finding someone that takes their OWN emergencies and is a real world price. Its getting really rare to find vets in my area who even do their own after hours calls anymore. the clinics they love to refer you to after hours are generally all small animal specialties. what about us horse people?

SO what is your process for finding a good vet and does your vet do his own emergency calls? what about weekends and holidays?

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 12:43 PM
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There's a wonderful vet office literally two miles up the road from where I board, but they stopped treating large animals because they were losing money on it. This leaves NO large animal practices in my town! We're currently using the vet in the next town over a little ways further up the highway, but it's a small practice and she often can't get out if an emergency happens during clinic hours. Several months ago we had a horse get chased into the fence and slice her chest open on a t-post. They could not get a vet out there at all until the next morning! Luckily the BO's husband is a surgeon and was able to stitch the horse up. But it's a very scary situation to be in.
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 12:43 PM
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I think I'll just keep our "new" vet. Between he and his partner, they handle their own emergencies. The down side is if they are both already on an emergency, yours has to wait. Then again, as in our case, they were able to talk us through treating the horse ourselves and all came out well.

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post #4 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 12:46 PM
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There just seems to be a shortage of large animal vets around me! I hoping my step-daughter gets into vet school, she wants to be a large animal vet.
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post #5 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 12:48 PM
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I live an hour and a half from the big city and the all the good equine vets so I'm forced to use the two local guys. Both are multi practice farm types who are good with horses but have no clue about the major stuff! I had a COPD pony about to die on me and the vet said she had HEART FAILURE! Stupid, I diagnosed her from the internet and barely saved her life. Vet was like "oh great to know! I killed a horse the other day, probably just had COPD!" WHAT! Never using him again.

I just went in and paid a $400 bill for having my long time vet come check out two different occasions. NO meds, NO procedures, just a look and IDK. He charged me $100 extra for an emergency call on top of the $85 farm call to see 1 horse. I live 20 mins from his office. NICE. I've also been using this guy for 8 years now, have had up to 13 horses at a time and worked on some rescues, you think the guy would cut me some slack! His rates go up and up and up, I know, economy, less people caring for their animals, etc.

But, he's been there for me on terrible nights, held me once when I had to put down my old gelding, helped me wrangle a crazy stud colt to get him gelded (it was wild!), and has finally warmed up to me enough to smile which from him is RARE. So I just keep thanking my lucky stars I've at least got some help out here! Mine is getting close to retirement and I don't have a CLUE what I'm going to do! I think his son is going to vet school so maybe I'll luck out just in time for him to take over his practice, fingers crossed!!!!

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post #6 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Its getting really hard to find a good horse vet around here! I guess there is more money and less danger in small animals.

I pull vets from up to 3 cities away and still I'm having a really hard time finding someone. I have my own truck and trailer so i could if i had to, take my horse into the clinic, but what if they are too injured to make the ride?

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post #7 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 01:20 PM
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I hear you all. Our vet is an equine specialist, and is quite good. He's really starting to get a reputation - which may not be a good thing for me, as he could decide to relocate to a larger area. It's kind of unusual to have not one but two equine vets in an area as small as ours (they are both out of Shawnee, which is just under 30 minutes away.) The other equine vet doesn't do field work anymore.

Our vet's partner handles the small animals, but she is also very good with horses - even if they aren't her specialty.

Their prices are very reasonable - $65 for a farm call, and I think it's $125 for after hours, though they've never charged me the after hours fee. I have a feeling that their prices are going to be going up, though, with the way the economy is and the fuel prices skyrocketing.

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post #8 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 01:22 PM
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The big problem is that with small animal there is office hours 9-5 and the animals come to them with large animal the vet has to come to the horse and the weather out side could be good or bad.

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post #9 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 01:54 PM
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I live about 15 mins from OK State Vet School. When I first moved here from CA & AZ, I was FLOORED when I found out that vets here NEVER responded to after hours or emergency calls, they referred folks to the vet school. Well, after a few rounds of, "I'm not equipped to treat that, I need to refer you to the specialist in Edmond (almost an hour away). That'll be $200 please." I decided to cut out the middle man and just load 'em up and haul them to OSU where I get treated like royalty and can have a really sick horse or foal in the ICU for a week for $1500 or less depending on how much meds they need. A colic that would have cost upwards of $500 in CA or AZ costs me less than $200, after hours, weekend, or holidays included.

If it's a DIRE emergency, i.e. the horse is down and cannot get up, they will come to the house for about $65-100 dollars depending on the hour or if you have a big herd and need procedures done on multiple horses. I have had them out several times because I have a big herd and to do Coggins it's just easier to schedule them to come out and pull the tests all at once than to haul 3 or 4 at a time to the school.

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post #10 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 02:00 PM
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My vet is pretty much an on call only vet. There are several of them with all of their medical supplies in these intricate truck bed containers. They go where they are needed. Just don't call them during calving season cuz you can bet they're already busy!!
I've found that I can take a pic of an injury on my phone and text it to him. He then texts me back if he thinks he needs to come look. He hasn't had to come yet.
I handle most of my own injuries. I just have to wait a few years. My husband is preparing for the GRE and then applying to vet school. Pretty soon I'll be trading sex for vet services. ;)
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