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post #1 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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So I found out last night...

Our local vet does NOT do emergency calls! OMG.....

My friends horse coliced and we pretty much had to deal with it over the phone with a vet in Charleston.

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 12:48 PM
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That's the worst! We had that happen one time when I boarded, the vet was 2 hours away on another e-call and couldn't get to us.

Do you use a 1 vet practice? If you want to change, I would look for a multiple vet practice. Mine has 3, so someone should always be available for backup.

If you don't want to switch, maybe have your horses set up through a second vet, also. Use your current vet for shots, lamenes, etc. Use the second one for dental work or something. That way you have 2 vets who know your horse and have a backup :)

Hopefully that won't happen again! Was the horse ok?

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post #3 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, she looks to be doing very well this morning just worn out. I left at 1am at which point they had given her bannamine and were offering applejuice/alfalfa/water tea concoction.

We are going to look at using a vet in Bluffton which is only 1 hour away and they do emergency calls.

We use the base vet for shots (cuz we can buy our own and she gives them free) and coggins. But she is not an equine vet so we use an out in town vet for everything else so splitting it up would work fine.

I love this small town but not without a vet, geepers!

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 02:08 PM
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We are blessed. Our vet practice has 10 doctors. Full surgical suite and hospital. 8 miles away.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 06:22 PM
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Yup, started using a vet 20min away from us just for that reason. Our closest vet is...1 block away! Seriously. They don't answer emergency calls so I give my business to someone else.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-17-2010, 07:20 PM
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I was lucky in that sense, my horse colicked in the morning so the came out to help. What didn't help is that he didn't pass anything, so he colicked again the next day. Lucky my parents are good about big vet bills!!
Our vet does do emergencies, but we take our horses elsewhere for anything else (dentistry, blood testing, etc) I think our vet is restricted pretty much to needles with horses =(

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post #7 of 12 Old 03-18-2010, 12:41 AM
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Seriously. They don't answer emergency calls so I give my business to someone else.

I totally agree. What good is a vet that won't come out in an emergency!
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-18-2010, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by sandy2u1 View Post

I totally agree. What good is a vet that won't come out in an emergency!
I agree also!

You also want the vet that comes for an emergency to have some base line on the horse. If they come out to do other things for your horse you will be an established client, etc.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-18-2010, 07:11 AM
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even though i live in the country a lot of the vets around here dont do emergency/after hours calls either. the closest vet we can get out in this area is from about 80km away and at 1.20 per km plus $99.00 call out fee then the $65 an hour after that it can be a very very expensive call out after hours.

thankfully i can deal with most things myself but this isnt always the case. i think any country vet worth his salt will do emergency/after hours care

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post #10 of 12 Old 03-18-2010, 07:34 AM
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I interviewed vets before I have had an emergency for this reason.... I would hate to watch my horse suffer and not know if the vet was good with my horse, good with me and willing to come to our barn.
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