Farm life is full of ups and downs.
One day you are living the peaceful, serene life of a farmer.
The next day...
Everything that can go wrong...
When it is time for everything to go wrong...
You can pretty well bet you can add a sick animal to the list of things gone awry.
Now don't get me wrong...there are plenty of times to call the vet for good things.
Pregnancy checks, vaccinations, health papers for a show (have you scheduled your Ohio Beef Expo health papers yet?)...
All good reasons to see your vet.
Unfortunately, that is usually not the reason we get to chat with our vet.
Since we have built a good relationship with our vet and have had our fair share of experience with the vet, we have learned a few things about how to make each on-farm visit go as smoothly as possible.
Calling the vet out to care for a sick animal can be a stressful time. Being prepared can help ease the tension and stress and allow you and the vet to concentrate on giving the best care to your animals.
An on-farm visit from your vet can be a great learning opportunity as well as a time to care for your animals. While you have the undivided attention of your vet, be sure to glean all of the information that you can.
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7/16/2021 10:22:40 am
I like your idea to make a list of any questions or issues you may be having with your animal. I had horses growing up and I remember the vet visits being a little stressful because my mom could never remember some question she had thought of. This article was super informative, thank you for the tips on how to have a successful vet visit.
8/31/2021 10:56:23 am
Thank you for the tips, your article was super informative.
3/23/2023 08:15:53 pm
I like what you said about getting further instructions from your vet. My cat seems to be sick. I'll have to have him revaccinated.
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Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.