It can be a challenge for horse owners to know when to handle a problem themselves or when to call in the veterinarian. Natalie Voss provides symptoms and situations arranged as red flag emergencies, orange flag potentially important and yellow flag cautionary potential for a health issue. The article also includes a link to a video featuring Emily Dean, DVM who discusses “when to call the DVM” and a .pdf from University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine entitled “When it’s time to call the Vet.”
Source: Acreage Life, January 2018, page 17.
Internet and social media can be an advantage when horse owners forget how best to pack a foot for example as how-to guides are easily available even from the horse’s side in the barn. The downside comes when owners rely too heavily on the internet or social media to diagnose and treat a horse. This can waste valuable time while a condition gains momentum.
INSIGHTS: Voss’ article can’t be distributed enough to horse owners. Consider providing it and the video link in websites, newsletters and social media. Also include reprints when working with horse groups, 4-H or FFA clubs or as a leave behind to keep in the barns.