As a responsible horse owner, ensuring the health and well-being of your equine companions is a top priority. Regular veterinary care is essential to achieve this goal, and farm calls by veterinarians are a common part of equine healthcare. In this blog post, we will provide you with insights on what to expect when a veterinarian comes for a farm call and how you can prepare for a productive and successful visit.
Scheduling the Farm Call:
Specify the reason for the visit: Whether it is for a routine check-up, vaccinations, dental work, lameness evaluation, or another issue, clearly communicate the purpose of the visit when scheduling.
Provide accurate directions: Ensure the veterinarian has clear directions to your farm, including any specific landmarks or instructions.
Preparing Your Horse:
To make the farm call efficient and stress-free for your horse, consider these preparations:
Catch and secure your horse: Have your horse ready for examination. Ensure your horse(s) are in a safe and easily accessible area, such as a barn or corral. Try to anticipate special needs required to care for your horse during the farm call, such as electricity for performing an ultrasound.
Gather records: Have your horse’s medical history, vaccination records, and any previous veterinary reports on hand. This information can be crucial for the veterinarian’s assessment. *Some services allow you to access your horse’s medical records online whether you have one horse or a whole barn full. For more information, please contact Business Infusions.
Be Present and Communicative:
During the farm call, your active involvement is essential:
Be available: Be present during the visit to discuss any concerns or observations you have regarding your horse’s health.
Communicate openly: Share any changes in your horse’s behavior, appetite, or performance since the last visit. Every detail helps the veterinarian make an accurate diagnosis.
The veterinarian will perform a thorough examination of your horse, which may include:
Physical examination: This involves checking your horse’s vital signs, body condition, and overall health.
Specialized tests: Depending on the reason for the visit, the veterinarian may conduct specific tests such as lameness evaluations, dental exams, or vaccinations.
Recommendations and treatment: The veterinarian will discuss treatment options and recommendations based on their findings. This may include prescribing medications, suggesting changes to diet or exercise, or planning follow-up visits.
Do not hesitate to ask questions and seek clarification about any concerns you may have. A good veterinarian will take the time to explain their findings and treatment plans.
Follow-up and Payment:
After the examination, the veterinarian will provide instructions for follow-up care and may give you a treatment plan. Be prepared to discuss payment methods and settle the bill.
A veterinarian’s farm call is an essential part of maintaining your horse’s health and ensuring their longevity. By scheduling appointments, preparing your horse, actively participating in the examination, and maintaining open communication, you can make the most of these visits and provide the best care for your equine friend. Remember that your veterinarian is your partner in promoting your horse’s well-being; together, you can ensure a happy and healthy life for your horse.