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post #11 of 16 Old 04-23-2013, 07:28 PM
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Ketamine to geld a horse, tranquilizers for dental work, euthanasia solution; they are all schedule II drugs which means you are not supposed to transport them. It is really crazy stuff. I doubt that anybody other than California will cause the vets problems. Hopefully the law will get straightened out soon.

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post #12 of 16 Old 04-23-2013, 07:38 PM
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There were some idiots who broke into a vet clinic and stole the strong box containing Sucostrin, a drug that used to be used to get a horse down quickly to geld him. It was a short term drug. The thing is, one has to be extremely careful that the dosage is matched to the weight. I wonder if those meatheads enjoyed a fast high and if it was the last one they'd ever enjoy.

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post #13 of 16 Old 04-23-2013, 10:16 PM
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I am not overly concerned about this. I think its disconcerting but realistically the law will change. The AVMA and the AAEP have much to much money, business, vets and ethical dilemmas to not have controlled substances on the truck. You have a vet go out to deal with a painful colic or euthanize a horse with a broken leg and they can't use anything to make that pain better? Thats an ethical issue as is stated by the guidelines on euthanasia and the ethical guidelines oath that vets take. The euthanasia guidelines specifies that pentobarbital (the euthanasia agent of choice) is the number one choice for equine euthanasia as a gunshot to the head is a. illegal in some areas and b. must be performed by someone with experience to avoid causing unnecessary trauma. The same goes for a captive bolt. This may mean that mobile vets are required to carry small secure lock boxes but it will be resolved. They are not taking away controlled substances. They just might have to figure a way to control them better which lets face it should probably happen.

I heard of a case where an equine insurance company required a veterinary specialist to diagnose a leg fracture. The owners loaded the horse into our trailer (borrow with our permission, safe fiberglass solid trailer)and traillered the horse to the local speciality hospital about an hour away. They reached the hospital and the vet on staff looked through the door and asked for euthanasia solution. During the drive the horse had opened the fracture, bled all over the trailer and its hoof was literally hanging by a strip of flesh. The doctor subsequently wrote a long and harsh letter to the insurance company, urged the owners to seek damages for the horses suffering over the fact that it had to go for that trailer ride from hell. The insurance company changed its requirement. I can see a few legal charges from rightly upset owners regarding pain and suffering changing this law as well.
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-24-2013, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
I imagine the restrictions are on lots of other drugs you may need for a horse as well,
Yes, that's part of my concern.

But even not being able to euth the horse on a property is just * rolled eyes *. In many cases the horse that should be put down won't be even able to make a trip! How ridiculous is that!

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post #15 of 16 Old 04-24-2013, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
This is about as stupid as requiring only a vet to give any injections, including vaccines and IM Adequan. I don't know if that's still on the table anywhere..
Here we can give any injection ourselves besides rabbies and that very strong drug that makes them sleepy (and coggins, of course).

Personally I can't imagine who in his/her own mind could propose something like this bill in 1st place! And what about breeding facilities or cow farms - those have LOTS of animals, how in a world to transport them all to the vet??!!

I agree with rookie that most probably they'll "fix" the law. At least they better do...

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post #16 of 16 Old 04-28-2013, 07:53 PM
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This is a whole lot of misinformation. I guess they have been getting a lot of emails about this all of a sudden. Fear mongering. Nonetheless, there is nothing to worry about. The DEA will be making a statement on their website soon.
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