Communicating with the Veterinarian

Whether your horse's veterinary visit is a routine wellness exam or is meant to treat a serious illness or emergency, your communication with the veterinarian is critical. You know your horse better than anyone else and spend adequate time with your horse, enabling you to verify abnormal behavior. During your veterinary visit, conveying any abnormalities to the vet will allow them to create a diagnostic method that will best determine what is ailing your horse.

Prior to your horse's veterinary appointment, you can create a list of any questions about horse behavior, nutrition, or changes in horse demeanor. The veterinarian is a trained expert in horse care and will be able to answer your questions during your visit. Also, if you are new to horse ownership, be sure and inquire about the grooming, nutritional, and seasonal needs of your particular breed of horse. A vet can inform you of changes in local climate that will affect your horse, as well as inform you about how to adapt to these changes. They can also offer advice about how to properly care for your particular breed of horse.

Establishing open communication with your veterinarian allows you to better understand your horse and their needs and grants your veterinarian essential insight into your horse's behavior and potential illness.