Sunday, 22 January 2012

Quite unbelievable trip to the vet....

Our rescue ponies, Ruby and Ebony, needed a trip to the vet yesterday, Ebony has an abscess in her foot, the vet came out on Monday to see it and gave us poultices to put on and said to bring her up to him for a check up in a few days. We took Ruby too as she's developed a lump on her neck and we wanted to get it checked out.

So the girls loaded fine and off we went. When we arrived they were a bit on edge, not knowing where they were. The vet started with Ruby, he got the clippers out to remove the hair from around the lump, she wasn't happy about them being anywhere near her. So he shouted at her, not a good start, then decided she'd need sedating. He gave her enough sedative to make her seriously wobbly, then insisted we drag her across to the ultrasound machine to check out the lump which is also an abscess.

Then he turned his attention to Ebony's foot and has basically butchered it looking for this abscess:





When I asked if this was really necessary, he was quite rude! This is the same vet we took Gandalf to about his lump and there were no problems at all and he was very charming and handled him competently. Yesterday it was like he was a different person...... By the time he'd finished with Ebony's foot, Ruby was able to walk more normally but was still obviously under the effects of the sedative. We were a bit concerned about loading her, and were taking it slowly, understandably she was hesitant about going up the ramp in her wobbly state. Next thing we know, the vet has reappeared and after making some condescending comment about English trailers being no good and we should have bought a Fautras, proceeded to fetch a broom and start waving it about behind her. As if this wasn't bad enough he hit her with it, we really couldn't believe our eyes!!

So that is the last time we'll be using that vet, some much for trusting so called professionals........!!

His name is Laurent Duhard, he is in 24700 Ménesplet, avoid him like the plague!

6 comments:

Di said...

Thanks for the warning, what a completely stupid, incompetent bastard. I can't believe what he's done to that foot! I'm surprised you didn't hit him with a yard brush!

English Rider said...

too close to lunch-time, perhaps? Either grumpy from the French Hungries or a grumpy drunk from his liquor consumption. Total Jerk, either way.

Martine said...

What a nightmare. Can't believe a horse vet would do that to a foot. I hope the poor little thing grows her hoof back quickly and that the damn abscess drains (both of them!)

trudi said...

Words fail me :(

Elaine, Ellie's Treasures said...

Oh my, what an awful experience - shocking.

Laura said...

That's dreadful! Vets should be sympathetic towards the owners and the horses! You should complain about it!

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