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    01-23-2014, 07:12 PM
Wow! That is unacceptable for the vet to not show up..wow.
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    01-23-2014, 08:58 PM
The only reason any vet I know wouldn't show would be due to an emergency and I would always expect (and receive) a phone call with an apology and an offer to reschedule asap. Emergencies are a completely understandable and imo acceptable excuse for "sorry I can't make it, colic, I'll call you in the morning, maybe I can come out tomorrow" (or I will be there once I'm done here) type of thing. I would be very straightforward with this vet that you enjoy working with him and the work he does but he needs to be there for you to actually work with him. No "no shows", or lateness without good reason, the ability to schedule and keep appointments (pretty basic?) in a timely fashion (according to availability of course) and ability to reach him in between appointments for follow up advice, test results, etc. Not acceptable, if he wants your business he needs to run a business.

My vet is extremely busy and works for many top level show barns with lots of horses in a very large region. I have 4 horses in my backyard, not her top priority. She is always on time or early (honestly not even something I expect from a vet!) good to work with, schedules us in when she can (sometimes a wait for say, shots, but understandable, will always fit us in for something more urgent, and if I have an emergency I know if there is any realistic way for her to be there (sometimes she's hours away) she will be). Always keeps her appointments and IF she can't calls and reschedules immediately. I know any blood work or test results will be called in asap and *if* not we can call her (or for any other reason) and she will return calls within a day or two depending on urgency. She has an office she checks when she can and she also has a pager and cell. That to me is an example of an extremely busy high end vet that probably has a lot of other, more important, things to do that still makes if feel like she values your business and cares about your animals. I love my vet!

I don't want someone to take my money that will blow me off. Stuff happens but sounds like it's a regular thing here.

I remember running late to an appointment with my small animal vet and called to check if that was an issue. She said the appointment after me was an euthanasia and that there was no way she would ask them to wait since it was a hard enough appointment to make in the first place. I thanked her and rescheduled, and thought "what a good vet she is". This is a similar situation, he KNOWS what this visit means to you and has blown you off several times. Not OK.
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    01-23-2014, 09:09 PM
Green Broke
As I stated in my reply on 1/18, (5 days ago), I wish you had a more reliable vet.... also, don't ever hesitate to look around for better!!! I live in a very remote area, and have managed to find better care for my horses than that vet is giving yours. It's always O.K. To get someone else, a.s.a.p. If your "regular vet" doesn't work out. Please, please call/ask around :)
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    01-23-2014, 09:40 PM
I have, like I said before the only good vets in the area are the Waller Equine Hospital and him. Believe me I checked, I'm not going to get a subpar vet. I'm trying to get him to the equine hospital, they won't take their x ray machine from the clinic even though it is mobile. I don't like the situation, I don't like how he is with scheduling, but he does know his stuff.

ETA He does all the upper level barns around here and the polo club (he's a polo player himself). He's good enough for even them to keep him around even with the scheduling stuff. Yes he does need to get better at it, but his skills do make up for it.
    01-23-2014, 10:27 PM
Green Broke
Totally understand... It seemed you were feeling timid or reluctant to search for someone else. He sounds like a good Vet, (despite lack of scheduling etiquette), and hope he gets there soon! Good luck with your boy :)
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    02-01-2014, 12:02 AM
Alright I finally have an update! A friend of mine hauled him up the equine hospital today for me. He has low ringbone and navicular changes. He doesn't have navicular, just some changes (yes there's a difference!). Though the vet didn't think they were significant enough to be causing him to be as sore as he is. So he's thinking the soreness is actually coming from his ligaments, which he didn't say there's anything we could do for that. So he's on Previcox for a month and at the end of that month we'll make the decision as to put him down or not based on whether he's improved or not. Though I am still highly considering it, because I'm tired of him being sore all the time. He already gets several joints injected (and is still sore in them) and even if the Previcox works it will only give him a little more time until the ringbone advances and the arthritis in other places advances too much for him to stay sound with everything.
    02-01-2014, 12:04 AM
Well it sounds like relatively good news. Your decision isn't made for you. I know you'll do what's best for him, that's what love it. He will tell you when he's ready.
    02-01-2014, 01:53 AM
Oh I hope he starts to feel better. But whatever happens, I know you will do the right thing for him.
    02-01-2014, 12:25 PM
Does he have degenerative ligaments? Are his ankles dropped?

Look up DSLD...
    02-01-2014, 12:47 PM
Originally Posted by 4horses    
Does he have degenerative ligaments? Are his ankles dropped?

Look up DSLD...
No, I asked the vet about it and he says he doesn't see it.

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