During these difficult times dealing with Covid-19, it may seem impossible to get to the barn to visit your horse, let alone to have a vet come out for an emergency call! Keep reading to learn some helpful tips for keeping your social distance while also getting your horse treated by a vet during an emergency.
If possible, have your horse already haltered and waiting in his stall. This saves time as he won’t need to be caught and brought in, which may be much more difficult to do when he sees the vet!
If your horse is routinely seen while standing in the crossties, make sure to keep this routine while the vet is looking at him. If he is not trained to stand quietly in the crossties, this would be an excellent time to start working with him on how to do so (if you are able to make it out to the barn).
Need to travel? If your horse is getting a health certificate done at the appointment, make sure to email all travel info over to the office so the health certificate can get back to you as soon as possible.
Let your doctor know ahead of time if you will need more of a particular medication brought to your appointment. This eliminates the need for you to travel to the vet’s office to pick it up. Another option for medications is to order the medicine through an online pharmacy. This is a safe way to get what your horse needs without having to come into direct contact with anyone.
During this pandemic, veterinarians are allowing only one person (besides the doctor) to be present at the appointment. If the owner isn’t able to be at the call to help with the horse, another person will need to be the designated helper. If multiple horses are being seen at one appointment, decide on a single person that everyone is comfortable with handling their horses. This is usually the barn owner or barn manager.
Alert your barn manager (or the designated boarder that will be present at this appointment) of any changes you have noticed in your horse. Changes may include behavioral issues, sudden weight loss, change in dietary habits, etc.
Continue to provide your horses their regular care, and check them daily for injuries. Monitor them if they start acting abnormally, and call the vet if you suspect you are dealing with an emergency. Our team of veterinarians is always available to speak by phone during appointments if you cannot be present.
Carolina Equine Hospital
While we can’t create the cure for Covid-19, we can continue to provide exceptional customer service during emergency calls. If you think your horse is experiencing an emergency during this difficult and unpredictable time, do not hesitate to call our office to speak with a veterinarian.