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  1. #1
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    Default am I too quick to call the vet

    When is a let call justified or overreacting
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    For instance if a sound horse who had had ligament injury in the past been 100% sound, showed lameness and mild fluid in tendon ligament region and some heat would a exam, possible ultrasound be justified or should one rest the horse for a week then re-evaluate then if need be call the vet.

    I am just curious what others would do.

    Also just another question are suspensory ligament prone to re-injury or is that uncommon.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Fharoah; Feb. 22, 2013 at 04:37 AM.



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    I am not an alarmist so my vet knows when I call, it's potentially serious.

    For a possible re injury like you described, I would call the vet.
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    I like the theory that I would rather pay for an unneeded vet visit than not have paid for a needed one.

    With a history of injury there and long term issues I do not see the vet being called as a huge issue.
    I would assume that if the vet thought it was a non-issue they would have given you advice over the phone and left it at that.


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    Yes, suspensory ligaments have a high likelihood of reinjury



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    Peace of mind is priceless!


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    I always say CALL the vet, and see what they say! Its free! If you call the vet first, and explain the problem, most of them will tell you whether it not they think it would be wise if they came out. Most of the time, they will give you instruction (cold hose, bute, etc.) if they don't think it needs to be looked at. Or, they tell you they'll be right out.

    So, call and ask. It won't hurt, nor will it cost you money.
    "On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."


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    I'm a member of the call the vet and ask clique (does COTH have one? If not, let's git r dun) because as others have said peace of mind is priceless and a phone call is free

    Yes re-injury is possible and I would not wait to get input from my vet, who knows my horse well.
    HRMT


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    Quote Originally Posted by Baby View Post
    Yes, suspensory ligaments have a high likelihood of reinjury
    It actually depends on the nature and extent of the injury in the first place, as well has how long ago the original injury happened and how well it was rehabbed.



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    My vet was booked solid not able to come out unless life or death emergency. Horse had not been ridden and looked totally fine on Wednesday with no signs of trauma.

    increased digital pulses
    thickening of pastern pastern when compared to the right
    mild swelling in suspensory region.
    about 2/5 in trot
    My concern is soft tissue although I no nothing about diagnosing. Any chance that could be an abscess.



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    Fharoah-Quote "Also just another question are suspensory ligament prone to re-injury or is that uncommon.

    Absolutely. That is one of the headaches that goes with tendon and ligament injuries.

    I would call the vet, let him make the decision how "life and death" this is.

    If your vet can not get there, limit the horse's activity-I hate to say stall rest, but that is the gold standard.
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.


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    It costs nothing to call the vet and ask.
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant



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    I always call the vet, always.

    I view as better safe than sorry, horses are way too fragile for their own good.



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    Personally, I don't think you can be overly cautious when it comes to calling the vet. The saying fits: "Better safe than sorry."



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    Yes, it COULD be an abscess. But it could also be something else.

    Is he/she booked so solid you can't have a 2 minute phone conversation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fharoah View Post
    My vet was booked solid not able to come out unless life or death emergency. Horse had not been ridden and looked totally fine on Wednesday with no signs of trauma.

    increased digital pulses
    thickening of pastern pastern when compared to the right
    mild swelling in suspensory region.
    about 2/5 in trot
    My concern is soft tissue although I no nothing about diagnosing. Any chance that could be an abscess.
    Janet

    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).



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    Definitely call your vet. I would use cold therapy and rest in the meantime. Ask your vet about giving an anti inflammatory. Assuming it is a reinjury of the suspensory , it is very important to control/reduce the inflammation.

    Best of luck to you and your horse.
    friend of bar*ka


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    Thanks! My regular is booked solid, but I am going to have the lameness specialist see the horse on Tuesday. It is not a re injury as swelling is in a different location. I am suspicious it could turn out to be an Abscess, but it could also be soft tissue, hope not.



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    I always call the vet and ask, and sometimes send pictures!

    My mare had some kind of a freak out one day after touching the hot wire, and managed to fall into her gate, the only section of wooden fencing in her paddock. She basically hit so hard that it burst her chest open (only about 4 inches or so). Lots of people at the barn I was boarding at then said it wasn't that bad, I didn't need to call the vet, and I had many offers of "stuff" to put on it. I called my vet and she asked if I could close the wound with my hands. When I said yes, she said she would be right out to stitch it. And when she saw it, she said she was VERY glad I called.

    Other times, she has advised a watch and wait approach. It's best to call and ask!



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