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post #1 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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when do you call the vet?

Hi Everyone!

I know everyone has different ideas for when to call the vet. Without causing a major debate, what sort of things would you treat at home and when would you call the vet? For me, this is what I do:

colic - first I'll keep an eye on the horse and if it doesn't improve (or gets worse) within a reasonable amount of time, I call the vet

wounds - i call the vet for anything that looks nasty or if its a puncture wound and needs a tetanus shot, but little cuts, bruises etc I treat myself

lameness - If no obvious cause and horse can put weight on the leg, I just keep an eye on it and see how it goes

what do you people think?

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 02:06 AM
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i have my vet on speed dial.......
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 07:30 AM
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I probably would call vet right away for colic. But as for cuts and lameness I go same way as you do.
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 07:39 AM
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Funny, I have my vet on speed dial too
He's pretty good about giving phone advice and we just run to town for medi. If its something major he comes pretty quick. He's a great Vet.


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post #5 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 08:04 AM
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We've been pretty lucky.. never had a horse with colic. For wounds, we call the vet only if stitches/antibiotics may be required (only had to do this once). We've had a couple wrenched ankles causing bad limping, but nothing that ice/liniment/stall rest for a few days didn't fix right up without calling a vet.
But...we do have our vet's cell # that he always answers just in case. From talking with our other horse friends, it doesn't seem uncommon that you can go 20 years without an injury...and then have 2 within a week.

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post #6 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 09:24 AM
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I have my vet on speed dial...
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 10:35 AM
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I will call my vet on anything that I've never seen, that I think is a problem, of something that I just see and panic on.

My vet is great about giving information over the phone and say exactly if it's something that will need her out. Plus she's reasonibly priced which makes it even better.

I've called her only once since I got Sonny due to he got an swollen underside from flies.

For colic, I'd more than likely call the vet...I know nothing on treating it and wouldn't want to go something bad.

For major cuts of wounds I'd defiantely call the vet to see if he needs stitches

For lameness I'd let him rest for 2 days to see how it goes...if it's still there after then I'd either get the farrier out to see if maybe it's a stone bruise or abcess (one that I can't see), and if he can't see anything then I'd get the vet out

I have my vets number memorized and someone ALWAYS picks up the phone hehe so that way I'll know they got my message and would get a quick responce ...I love my vet hehe (errr...I love Sonny's vet hehe)
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post #8 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 11:15 AM
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BTW, we also have memorized the # of our 70+ year old English farrier (50+ years experience)...even the vets in area have told us that for hoof/leg problems, even though he's not a doctor, he has more experience than most vets ever will....and he (obviously) loves horses and is happy to come out to look/answer questions w/o charge. (He came out on New Years Day when one of our mares was limping and wouldn't take anything except a cup of coffee). Can't beat that.

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post #9 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 12:55 PM
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Pretty much what others have said above.
For colic, DEFINITELY call the vet. Or for serious wounds.
For lameness, unless it doesn't get better or seems very bad, then I don't call the vet. :) For small wounds/cuts, I don't call the vet either, I can handle those on my own.

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post #10 of 15 Old 06-12-2008, 12:57 PM
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Same for me. Collic and punctures etc, call. Minor stuff is just that, minor, so I don't call.

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