Rant about non horsey people
I am studying to be a vet tech, and I am a member of some forums/boards like this one.
Someone posted asking for advice on treatment of a horse that, even over the internet, I'm sure has a bad case of thrush. Of course, everyone responded "it sounds serious call the vet out." "we're only vet techs we can't diagnose or recommend treatment" "it could be [insert serious hoof issue here]". So I come in and say it sounds like a bad case of thrush, a DMSO/betadine mix can be used or I know some people also use a diluted bleach solution, or there are OTC remedies as well....because I actually own a horse lol and thrush is not a big issue.
Now people are ARGUING with me "if it smells it could be infected, the horse needs to be on antibiotics and blah blah blah". I could promise you that if this person had posted about their dog eating their kids little plastic army guys, they would be handing out solutions left and right of "wait it out" and "its nothing to worry about" etc, etc. So....because I actually know what I'm talking about, and I posted saying "its not worth an $80 dollar trip charge and a $100 dollar physical exam charge for the vet to say the horse has thrush" I get flamed on. -eyeroll- What really irks me is that the vast majority of vet techs don't work with large animals because they are afraid of them, and here they all are saying that the horses leg is going to fall off if the vet doesn't come out. LOL.