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post #1 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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are you happy with your vet?

I was wondering everyone's opinions on their veterinarians. Is your vet helpful? Pricey or fairly reasonable? How often do you call your vet?

We have a couple vets in my area, but I have not been that impressed with them. The one that came to take care of Jubilee when she colicked seemed very afraid of her (for no reason) and asked if she was easy to handle (which she is). He also didn't give me very helpful advice on the colic and basically I had to make my own decisions on if she was better or not. The other main vet that I have is very knowledgeable and helpful, but VERY expensive. He charges for every little thing and you have to be careful. I've only called him out a couple times (when absolutely necessary). If I have other questions, I just ask over the phone.

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 12:40 AM
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I am very happy with my vet. I originally went to a seminar where the doc spoke and didnt realize that they were right up the street! They are super nice, average to moderately expensive, but well worth it, plus they let me make payments. Even after I chose them, I found out my barn uses them as on call anyways so it worked out. They have a very very nice clinic and are knowledgeable and gentle. I couldn't ask for more in a vet.
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post #3 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 12:51 AM
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I have a vet I've used for the better part of 25 yrs that is an exceptional vet and reasonably priced, but he is always very busy and catching him to do a farm call is out of the question since he's usually already on one. He is real good about calling you back however( I have his home, office and cell #) He has always allowed me to pay out services if I was short on cash or if treatment ran into a lot more than expected. He also will meet me at the clinic at 3am if needed have to pay for the extra call out but hey if it's an emergency its worth it to know I can take 'em in. My biggest problem is since I moved he's about 40 min away and our local vet although he is decent I really don't like him if you ask him a question it's always "well you need to bring them in" whereas my regular vet is "you need to do this this and this if they aren't any better in however long bring em in or call me" I guess it's because I've known him so long he trusts my judgment as much as I trust his with the other vet it's like starting all over again

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post #4 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 12:53 AM
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Overall, I'm pretty happy with mine. He's a bit pricey, but I think that's because of my area. He's "the" equine vet in our area. But he's quite knowledgeable and is a very nice guy. The only thing I dislike is that he closes at 5 every day (which is probably pretty typical) and he's closed on Thurdays and on weekends. But we can always call him at home if there are emergencies.
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post #5 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 12:57 AM
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your horse is pretty. My horse pheonix looks a little bit like you horse
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post #6 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 02:01 AM
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vet whats a vet, aint got no use for them
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post #7 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 05:35 AM
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We had a great vet (for 12 years) but he got cancer and has now retired.

We stayed for a while with his practice using another vet but now they won't let us have an account and if I ring asking for something (like bute) they won't let me have it unless they see the horse first. We live 60km from town and I work full time, our other vet was great because he knew if we had a problem we didn't understand we would get him out, otherwise we were capable of managing our horses health.

I thought if we stayed with the same practice that would continue, but not so. So now I have to look for another one who will be a bit more flexible and give me credit for having a bit of a clue.

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post #8 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 05:58 AM
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We have a vet about 5 miles away that is very reasonably priced, always answers his cell phone, enjoys his farm work, and has been doing large animals for 25+ years. Luckily we've only needed him once when our mare, Lady, required 30 stiches. He spent 3 hours out here on a Friday evening with his wife, came out 2 more times to check on our mare at no charge, and only charged us $350 total. Since we give our own shots, other than an emergency, we only need him for the rabies shot (vet must do in NC) and coggins test, and he'll freely admit that in the equine vet world, those essential amount to vet lobby/state 'taxes' on horses that provide a base revenue for the large animal vets.

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post #9 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 07:51 AM
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I Loved my vet!! She was the absolute best!!!! But she moved to a new state :'O! It's horrible as there are no mroe vets close by as good as her! She was just average priced. And she was GREAT with the horses! She moved to new state cause she was going to an eqiune technology place, so she was VERY knowledgable and LOVED horses! Every vet said that my horse chucky had next to no chance of survival when he had bad hooves, she was the only one who beleived that he could make it. And she was right!!! He is well on the road to recovery! Now we had to take chucky to her cause we moved a fair way from her. We got the local vet but I didnt like her. She just wasnt into horses. Everything she knew was like it was out of a book. And she didnt help very much with chucky. We have one other vet close enough we can try but apart from that we no longer have a good horsie vet :'(

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post #10 of 17 Old 03-22-2009, 07:53 AM
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I also rang my old vet who moved away ALOT asking questions about chucky! She was more than happy to help, and she was a great help! You could tell she was in it for the well being of the animals, not in it for the money!

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