February 3rd, 2014, 8:32 am

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Reply violet-san, February 3rd, 2014, 5:48 pm

You asked about the horsey vet stuff welllll my advice is don't! Horses suck (I love them and worked with them for years BUT) go near them with one bacteria and they become emergencies and they're dumb and like to run into barbed wire fences then freak out when they get caught. If a cow gets caught in barbed wire it stands still and shakes it off it's leg then goes about its business. Not horses, they freak out until a vet has to come a shot them cause they're missing 3 legs XD

horses break in the same way every time, legs and feet, sinusitis (usually caused by a tooth abscess tooth- 209 usually), colic (LOTS OF IT) and respiratory infections. They all have heart murmurs but they have 200% cardio reserve so it doesn't affect them (humans have 20% for comparison- and yes vets have to learn about people diseases too, we learn EVERY animal). They're made of 40L of blood and bleed A LOT. Draw lots of blood as that's normal for them to bleed like a pig (actually like a horse) :P

Just facebook me if you want more input I can give you lots having worked with horses in the past and I'm doing my horse course right now. It's all I have left then I won't be a vet student anymore :( sad day.

Reply JigokuNeko, February 5th, 2014, 9:07 am

@violet-san: D: do you really need to shoot them if they break a leg?
...but aren't you happy to be graduating?

Reply violet-san, February 5th, 2014, 9:20 am

@JigokuNeko: It depends on the break and age of the horse. You can get pretty severe breaks in a foal and treat them. We're starting to be able to treat breaks in adult legs, but the technology and techniques aren't fully there yet. But you can treat. What you have to remember is that horses take most of their weight on back legs and if they break those the prognosis is worse than a forelimb. Also horses cannot be recumbent for very long (die if spend more than 25 minutes on their side- essentially they suffocate though it's a bit more complex than that) and they fear and resent slings (not always but often) and often freak out if put into them. So you're not always left with a lot of options.

We can euthanize with phenobarbital like in dogs and cats but they're very big, need a lot of drug and it's super duper expensive. Shooting is less painful than the drugs too since they don't feel anything.

I'm happy to graduate in like 15 months, but then I'll be a working vet. I'll never be a student again. It's just sad, I've been a student my whole life (sadly because I'm a sad person) so it's just sad. I dislike change haha.

Reply JigokuNeko, February 7th, 2014, 12:39 pm

@violet-san: This is all very interesting on its own--at least for me!--so I'll leave it here but I need to ask you a spoilery kind of question so I will take this to fakebook. Hit me up with a message with your fb name or just add me: Maggie JNeko.

Also, you'll be fine! Working life is much better than studies, not least because you're getting paid! Then again, I hated--just hated--everything about my student years and could not wait to graduate.

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