Know your Vet

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minnie
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Know your Vet

Postby minnie » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:15 am

I just put this up on the dexter forum and thought it's a good idea for here too.

I realise for some you already do this but it's worth saying, that when you get livestock or in fact any animals, it's a really good idea to get a rapport with your vet.

Call in and ask the odd question, don't waste their time but let them get to know you and you them. When there's an emergency you want them to know exactly who you are and what you can and can't do yourself.

I buy my cat worming pills from the vet and other ins and outs at times, and don't hesitate to drop in and say hi and ask a question.

I'm late seeing one of mine with Fatimas Birthday Card... he's the vet that saved her Mum and helped with her... I did a card with her photo saying 'thank you for saving me and my Mum' put a magnet on the back and he always tells me he has it on his fridge. They all ask about Fatima, because I kept them up to date.

Some weeks back I was there with my Mum and her dog, and everyone was 'we were only saying where's Vicki, and how's Fatima'. They wanted the dog to stay (tick paralysis) but because they know us we stayed with her and took her home early as he knew she'd be cared for correctly.

So a relationship with a vet I've always considered a vital thing in owning an animal, so people 'Get to know your Vet' ask them how they're going on what's happening in the area. They'll know if there's a lot of 3 day sickness for instance or black leg etc etc...
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Vicki

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Re: Know your Vet

Postby dggoatlover » Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:19 am

Definitely agree Vicki - you can also often get assistance with medication etc. Our vet isn't a goat expert but is willing to learn and ask questions and research things that may help if I have a sick doe - so that's important as well. :D

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Re: Know your Vet

Postby minnie » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:02 pm

It sure is Desley.

Our Vet was the first in the region to get into alpacas, based on one client had alpacas. They've done coarses and are pretty knowledgeable with them.

Vicki

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Re: Know your Vet

Postby Hayhay » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:00 pm

Great idea. Guess its just like knowing your family doctor as opposed to seeing someone out of the blue.

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Re: Know your Vet

Postby minnie » Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:55 pm

Sure is Hayley, I always thought everyone did this until recently... and sometimes people just don't think about it.

Vets will do lots of things to help you and your animals if they know you.


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Vicki


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