Why I wouldn't mind being treated like a dog
Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30
Have you ever wondered at the difference between the service the veterinary profession provides and that which we humans receive when we are ill or injured?
We are all mammals and a broken bone in a horse or a dog is not that much different to one in a human yet I have found over the years that I can have an injured animal treated almost immediately but I myself might end up lying on a hospital trolley for days before being operated on.
One morning recently I had to bring one of my dogs to the local vet and as he was being examined, I began to marvel at the excellent service we were receiving.
The animal was x rayed within an hour of arrival, the injury was then diagnosed, discussed and fully explained. Later that evening he was operated on. We didn't have to sit in a crowded accident and emergency department while awaiting examination or worse, suffer the indignity of lying on a trolley for perhaps three days.
My visit to the vet wasn't cheap but then why should it be? In general, we get what we pay for and there is always the option of taking out insurance for such eventualities.
Some years ago a yearling colt I was preparing for sale suffered colic. It was 10pm but being very worried, I phoned the vet who arrived within 20 minutes.
Having examined the horse he advised that I load him in the horse box and bring him to the equine hospital at the Curragh.
Rather than heading home, my vet drove after me and remained with the colt until around 2am the next morning when he was judged to be over the worst.