At Guinness' vet check up two weeks ago, I came face to face with something I really hate... a homeopathic vet. Don't get me wrong! I love massage therapy for both humans and horse athletes. I think rolling out muscles is inherently helpful. But, when it comes to vet care (especially vet care relating to my horse's bones and tendons!), I like a vet that plays it straight and medical.
Full disclosure. This vet visit took me awhile to talk about because I feel that I was both taken advantage of a little, and really angry over the incompetence of the vet.
The vet at Guinness' check up immediately jumped in and started doing a chiro adjustment on him, without asking me first if I wanted her to. She suggested he was tight in his hips and over his back.
Well, yeah. The ground was frozen solid and extremely difficult to walk on. He wasn't moving around much. Hell, I was tight from walking around out there.
She told me he would feel much better undersaddle after his adjustment.
He did not. He felt good, don't get me wrong, but not "better". In fact, he felt just a great as he did the ride the day before. He's been loose and swinging and happy in contact ever since the accident. It's almost been suspicious.
So, the chiro work didn't help. It didn't hurt either. I was just affronted that I hadn't asked for it, and here the vet was doing "adjustments" to him. You guys know I am not one to spend money on frivolous things. This felt frivolous. Very much "owner soothing." I did not need soothed; I do not appreciate being pandered too. My emotions don't make healthcare decisions. All I needed was for a vet to tell me if it was worth spending extra money to have a few lingering swellings in Pig's legs examined via ultrasound.
The vet refused to say. She told me the hard fill around Pig's tendon sheaths in his back legs would probably just go down on its own with movement and time. Well, okay... Then she picked up his front right and flexed his leg at the knee.
"There's a slight bit of loss of range of motion in that knee. It might be permanent, it might not. No way to tell. Here, try this..."
Yeah. You heard that right. Instead of telling me that I might want to spend the extra money to check out the slight heat and fill in Pig's front right knee, the vet handed me a box of "Chinese herbs" and told me those would probably take care of the issue.
What the hell?
|Someone tell me why this is better than bute? Or Surpass? Or an ultrasound?!|
Oh as a closing remark, the vet told me to "lop the toes off his feet and he'll be much more comfortable. Those heels are very underrun. You might want to put shoes on him." Uh. No. I told her what my highly qualified and well-recommended lameness vet told me about keeping Guinness out of shoes. I then told her that he is sound with longer toes, probably related to the reduced range of motion in his fetlocks. "Oh no. Lop the toes off. I think you'll find he'll be much more comfortable." Lady, screw you. I held my tongue and just said, "It's something to think about" so she would leave. She obviously knows nothing about equine movement and I'm not about to take her advice. My trim work has kept Guinness sound and happy for almost three years now. I think those slightly long toes suit him just fine.
|What the ...?|
He's been on the herbs for two weeks. The swelling in the knee did go down, but no faster than I think it would have without them. In place of the swelling is a small (about the size of my pinky fingernail) hard bump under the skin on the front of the kneecap. According to my resident medical professional, (ahem, husband.) it's probably just calcified scar tissue. There is no change to his back legs. He's still sound.
Ugh. I hate homeopathic vets. What a waste of money and time..
|Still, he's sound and happy. I can't complain.|