There’s something to be said about the convenience of going to the vet, even though most of us would rather not have to make the trip.
Take the case of our two year old rescue Kathadan sheep, Kandle, who severed the entire left side of his top lip last week on God know’s what. We still haven’t pinpointed, let alone found the exact spot or object he must have forcefully come into contact with.
This is where the subject of farm animals and urgent medical help comes in.
First of all, it was after hours for any vet and a Sunday night. So, I called my horse vet whom I dearly love, to see if she could come out but her gentle reply was disappointing. She said that treating anything other than equine problems just isn’t an option for her or me, or Kandle. Doc knew of only one other vet who may be able to help, but he was out of town. So, I immediately got online and was surprised to find that Ohio State University actually has a 24/7 emergency room/clinic for livestock! But because we are a good hour and a half away and trailering our upset lamb ( he wouldn’t even let me near him) was going to be our last option, I made a call. After several transfers to a doctor, the vet I spoke with was very helpful and eased my mind. I texted her a photo of our boy’s predicament and she assured me he would probably be fine until the next day and wasn’t going to bleed to death. Of course we did have the option of bringing him to the clinic at OSU, but she didn’t think it was necessary unless I couldn’t find a vet the next day.
Early the next morning, I phoned a friend who phoned a friend who has sheep and I finally got the name of a vet who tends to livestock, but was from the next county. I was elated to say the least but here’s the thing: We are in a county that is very rural, complete with a big county fair in July that includes 4-H, livestock auctions, and sheep and goat exhibits, so why in the world can I not find a farm vet in our county or at least one closer than 30 miles away? Is there a shortage? Seriously? I’m still working on that one. Anyway, this vet was so wonderful and came out that afternoon (as he also sees the normal canine/feline “have to take your pet to the vet” type of patients in his office).
The story ends fairly well. Kandle’s lip was saved and stitched and he was given a tetanus and an antibiotic shot. The fee was reasonable and the best part was he was fixed and out of pain and I was very relieved.
I noticed Kandle itching his face/lip on the wall and with a closer look I spotted a piece of red, swollen lip protruding from the sutures.
And yes, as you have probably already guessed, I am meeting the vet from the next county again, here, today at noon.
Lesson here: I won’t take for granted the convenience and peace of mind I will get from my pup’s next trip to our local vet!