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post #1 of 20 Old 05-25-2010, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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My Personal Vet - Opinions?

Not many people seem to take me sriously when I tell them about my personal veterinarian. They think I'm just another deranged id talking about how awesome their mom is. I just want to know if I am, or if she's really that good

I have my mother, who was a Respitory Therapist since she was graduated from high school. She's been in the medical field her entire life and learned everything unprofessionally, only learning Respitory in college.

Alright. So, I have never, in fifteen years had to make an emergency vet call. We've had foals stuck in birth canals, colicking horses, horses with snake bites on their faces, mud fever, thrush, founder, everything under the sun. Mom cured everything. Even the founder....No vet or farrier help. I remember being five years old and watching her take blood and shove tubes into nostrils to make sure the horse can still breahe after a snakebite to the nose. We had a paint stud named Lucky Sonofa Gun who had lack of oxygen in the birth canal and got brain damage. She kept im alive and he lives today. Granted I did all the feeding and milk syphoning and such and consider him my horse for all intensive purposes, but to begin with she was th one that saved him.

She can shoe, but we don't have the proper tools so we call the farrier. She gives shots, anesthesia, and everything that requires a needle. Our vet we use for the dogs just hands her needles and a bottle of whatever it is and she sticks the dog on the table and we leave with nothing lost. Our local euine vet does the same thing. Hands her a bottle and sends her on her way.

I don't think it's ridiculous. Everyone else seems to. What do you all think?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-25-2010, 10:09 PM
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I think there is a huge difference between having medical training and being well versed in the specifics of animal, even more specifically equine, health. While many of the basics are the same, there are some very important differences and situations where general knowledge is not going to be as beneficial as formal training and knowledge. In other words, while it is great that she has the abilities she does, I would not feel comfortable using them as an absolute replacement in all situations.
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I agree. I think as horse people, because our horses are expensive (lol), we should be well versed in how to do lots of things a vet can do ourselves--if the situation called for it, I'd have no problem giving stitches as long as I had the tools, I could make my own saline solution and if I had an IV line I could put it in, and other really random things. However, its never a replacement for good medical care!
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I agree. I think as horse people, because our horses are expensive (lol), we should be well versed in how to do lots of things a vet can do ourselves--if the situation called for it, I'd have no problem giving stitches as long as I had the tools, I could make my own saline solution and if I had an IV line I could put it in, and other really random things. However, its never a replacement for good medical care!
Yupp. Lots of people look at me like Im mental as I am comfortable giving my horse shots when needed. Hula had to be given meds twice a day for the last five days via injection. I have no issue doing that. But I am not comfortable diagnosing my horse and was much happier shelling out the money to have a vet come stitch her up then any handy work I could preform.

I think its great its been going so well for you and your mother so long as if you need back up you are willing to get it. :)
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I think there is a huge difference between having medical training and being well versed in the specifics of animal, even more specifically equine, health. While many of the basics are the same, there are some very important differences and situations where general knowledge is not going to be as beneficial as formal training and knowledge. In other words, while it is great that she has the abilities she does, I would not feel comfortable using them as an absolute replacement in all situations.

This.

SorrelHorse, what does your mother have for diagnostic tools for the horses? X-ray equipment, ultrasound, etc?
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I agree with the others.

Your mother sounds very handy and experienced around the animals, but she's hardly qualified to be called a vet.

Many of us can give our own shots, wrap legs, bandage wounds, and do general health care. Doesn't make any of us vets, just experienced animal people.
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This.

SorrelHorse, what does your mother have for diagnostic tools for the horses? X-ray equipment, ultrasound, etc?
Yup, actually, we do. Kind of old machines but
they work real nice. She ultrasounds the mares every
foaling season.
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Oh, misread the question.

We have an ultrasound, x Ray, that spinny thing doctors put your blood on (lol I forget the name) and all the basic stethescope, horse thermometer, staple gun and tools for stitches. I don't know the name of everything...Hehe I may sound like a complete idiot
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Wow, having everything necessary to develop and use non-digital x-rays is quite impressive.
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Um, yeah...........
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