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post #1 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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What bugs me...

Is when people don't call a vet.

Sorry, this is going to be a mini-rant, but it just drives me crazy. Please read the whole thing before commenting though.

Yes, this forum is fantastic and there are many knowledgable people on here willing to offer great (and free!) advice. However:
1) Most of us have not been to school for nearly a decade to study horse health specifically. That doesn't even include the many years of experience vets have had AFTER grad school working with anything and everything that could possibly be thrown their way, as well as any additional professional development, collaboration with fellow vets, access to specific resources, etc.
2) Even vets hesitate to diagnose an animal without actually seeing it and interacting with it, though there are many minor things that my vet will work me through over the phone and especially if I can text him pictures - and guess what? It's FREE! But then again, he also knows the horse, it's history (even from before I got him), and me personally. Frankly, he knows my horse better than I do in many ways.

Now don't get me wrong, I post my concerns on here quite often (usually to find out if it's nothing or if it's something to talk to my vet about), and I encourage everyone to do so if they feel like it. Back to what I said before, there are many knowledgable and willing folks on here whom I appreciate so much. BUT, they are also the ones that usually include the phrase "call a vet" in their advice if it's necessary. Please, for the sake of your horse, take it. I know many of you do. But there are many that don't. And for those of you that don't until you think you need one (yet) or because money is tight - when you finally decide it's time to call the vet it is often too late. Your horse is likely going to suffer unnecessarily because of your hesitation AND you will likely end up paying more money to fix things that could have been prevented.

Please, call a vet.
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post #2 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 10:51 AM
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I share your rant.. ten fold!

Hence my loving advice in my signature section.

It's just such a shame when people think vets are after their money and they can get away with treating it using whatever they have lying around the house.. or worse.. over time with nothing.

:/ Please please please, call a vet. If you cannot afford a vet, then you need to start selling things, or talk to them about paying in little installments.. or you need to rethink horse ownership.

When in doubt.. please call the vet out!

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post #3 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 10:52 AM
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Excellent post, Jilly. Unfortunately, you can't MAKE someone be responsible, especially if they want to play the martyr.

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post #4 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 10:57 AM
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I actually prefer to call the farrier first if something doesn't look right with the hoof, or eq dentist when something seems to be teeth-related.
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post #5 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 10:59 AM
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Great post. As you said, lots of folks have plenty of experience. I have worked with vets for over 30 plus years, so probably have knowledege that others don't just from being in the office, helping with surgeries, accidents, etc. but while I do give advice and suggestions, I never hesitate to tell folks to call the vet.. I read threads when some folks say" don't call the vet, use this medication, use this natural remedy, etc . I might say" the horse needs antibiotics, get the vet, or having just seen this same thing happen, you need a vet, or it might just be this happening.. Get a vet out.
Nobody can diagnose over the internet or the phone. I think what really amazes me is the ones who come on the forum, ask for help after explaining the issue, then they get mad because everyone says "get a vet" and the poster starts ranting and raving about how their neighbor, grandpa, dad, brother, sister, mom are "almost vets" but didn't finish school, or are experts and know everything so they don't need to spend money on the vet.
Why come to a forum, ask for help, then get all pissy and mad because they are given help in the form of" get a vet" out.........
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post #6 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 11:01 AM
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I don't get it. How can someone watch an animal suffer without doing everything, including calling a vet. I don't have a lot of money either but if I think the vet's diagnosis is wrong, I'll call the 2nd barn vet to come and give me a diagnosis. AND, if they give me medicine and a diagnosis, I call them out AGAIN after the illness is supposed to be gone, to do a wellness check up which even the vet said is unheard of around these parts. I just don't get it. I can't even walk by a house plant that needs water without attending to it let alone see one of my animals in need and not call in an expert. Just me I guess.

I've seen some SERIOUS illnesses on here that just by the pics will horrify you and the OP hasn't had the vet out pronto to assist. Just don't get it. I would sell my body at a truck stop before I let my horse go without a proper diagnosis and meds.
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post #7 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 11:02 AM
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I agree totally


It also bugs me that there are situations that aren't life threatening, or that serious where people jump on the 'call the vet' bandwagon, now obviously it is the safest advice that a forum can give, but not everything needs the vet.


What REALLY REALLY bugs me is people advising or saying that they have given antibiotics 'just in case' I am truly scared about our continuing abuse of antibiotics, we have already got a huge problem with resistant bugs and it will only get worse I'm afraid
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post #8 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 11:03 AM
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I always said if a vet could diagnose over the internet they would never leave home. If one is worried enough then it is means to call a vet.
Some come on here freaking out over a serious injury only to say cant afford a vet or done that did that didnt work etc etc To me those are ones crying for attention and I refuse to give anyone that kind of attention as in most cases I get really pissed off lol.
Anyone who owns a horse should have a horse emergency fund ( savings account ) strictly for emergencies ( Vet farrier ETC ETC) Just putting a dollar here 5 dollars there or any amount you can spare by the next pay check Money will be there when its needed. I have a account strictly for the horses. I was so grateful I had it because one of my foals last year ended up passing away ( still dont know why ) But the money was there to pay for all vet services and burial costs.
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post #9 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 11:06 AM
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I agree Golden Horse on many minor things, usually there is a remedy without a vet. But we've all seen the pics on here. It's like...OMG! Get a frickin' vet out there yesterday!
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post #10 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 11:18 AM
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Well it isn't a perfect world. I have seen posts on here where the OP knew they should call a vet and simply will not because they can't afford it and maybe already owe the clinic money. Sad, but it happens. They come on these forums and try to find out, what they can do on their own. We can all post, and advise to call a vet but if they won't, should we tell some home treatments or ignore them? I am not quite sure about that. Anyone else's thoughts on this?
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