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Can't Wait Won't Wait
When your Horse or Pony requires the services of a Vet, how urgent a situation is it ?
Your horse will no doubt,
throughout its life need the attention of a Vet, this may
simply be to have it's teeth dressed or alternatively in
a life and death emergency.
A good way to start is that of prioritizing events. This can simply be on a five star rating with five being an actual emergency situation as shown here.
Examples of these ratings are:
treatment of your horse such as having it's teeth dressed
or having annual vaccination. These are obviously not a
matter of urgency and can be arranged some time in
advance by booking an appointment.
Although not apparently in great pain the condition of your horse is continuing to deteriorate despite your having applied first-aid treatment or taken remedial action such as box rest for signs of lameness.This is obviously not life threatening or an Emergency and therefore may simply mean that the Vet calls upon you A.S.A.P. or the next time that he is in your area.
horse requires regular veterinary treatment =
Emergency treatment required NOW your horse has suffered a serious injury, it has a sustained high temperature or is displaying symptoms of illness such as Transit Tetany or severe Colic, all of these would require the immediate attendance of your Vet as if not treated promptly they they can prove fatal.
It should be remembered that in most cases it is the Vet that comes to you and although they don't like to be called out on false alarms they would rather you contacted them earlier rather than let your animal suffer, after all, what you may regard as an emergency may after talking to the Vet turn out to be something minor.
When calling the Vet;
Before picking up the phone prepare your facts and think
about what it is you are going to say, you need to be
clear and concise with your details.
There is no need to go overboard with the contents of the kit and I am sure that your Vet would be willing to advise and supply you with the necessary items.
There are many books available with the subject
"The Health And Treatment Of Horses" some of which you may find to be a good read, one that has always been found to be useful and a good source of information is:
by Eddie Straiton
Published by Farming Press Books
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