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post #1 of 6 Old 06-14-2013, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Administering Equine Drugs

I was talking to an acquaintance the other day and she told me that in certain countries, you are not allowed to administer drugs to a horse without a veterinary license. Say, for example, my horse was colicking, I would normally give him a shot of Banamine intravenously. Is it really illegal to do this in some countries? If so, why? I think being able to administer, for example, Banamine immediately could be life saving for the horse, versus having to wait for the vet to arrive.

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Yes, it is true. Administration of many drugs especially IV is not officially allowed in the UK.
Injections can be left for an owner to administer if they are sub cut or IM.

An owner cannot give flu/tet jabs as the vet has to sign the horse's passport.
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Thanks for the information! :)

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You have to understand that countries like England are smaller than the average State here. So a vet gets to you quickly.

When a vet can get to your barn as fast as you can, it kind of changes things.

Horses can and have died by giving a bad injection.
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In addition, drugs like banamine can make it harder to treat colic. Banamine lowers heart rate which can be a key indicator for how much distress a horse is in. Which means that it can be harder to determine if a horse needs to go to a location for surgery or can be cared for on the barn. Which is hard when colic surgery is a 6000 dollar commitment that many owners are not enthusiastic to take. In addition, there is currently in the united states a 90 day hold to slaughter any animal that has had banamine. The US is different with respect to what medication animals can have prior to slaughter.
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That's hard for me to imagine. Here, where vets are hours away, they expect you to be able to do most everything on your own. Those who can't often depend on the kindness of neighbors, who expect them to learn.

I know that my favorite clinic of vets get annoyed if called out for vaccinations and run of the mill cuts or swellings. Those that I know can do C-sections, castrations, assess for worm load and type, etc. The only time most use a vet is if there is something unusual herd-wide.

Some one or group tried to make it illegal to float one's personal horse's teeth. That didn't fly.
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