One of the most important acts of love you will ever perform for your horse is choosing the right vet. A horse veterinarian will specialize in the care and treatment of your best friend. He or she will be there to help your horse through difficult times, as well as everyday horse maintenance. Take your time choosing a veterinarian that is a good fit for you and your horse. Whatever you do, DO NOT wait until your horse is sick or injured to form a relationship with your horse veterinarian. In an emergency your horse will be under a lot of stress. If you are anything like me, so will you. The stress will be considerably lessened if you are already comfortable with your horse caregiver.
What to Look For in a Veterinarian
- Look for an experienced horse veterinarian. You want someone who has been taking care of horses on a regular basis. This will help to ensure that your vet is comfortable with the common health issues that horses deal with. It will also make it more likely that unusual symptoms will not be beyond the level of expertise.
- Ask about availability. When choosing a veterinarian, it is important to know that they will be available when you need them. Regular checkups are easy to schedule but an emergency probably won’t happen at the most opportune time. Will your vet be available when you need help? If not, who will be covering for them? You should know what to expect when the unexpected happens.