Although horses may be fun and enjoyable pets to keep, a lot of effort goes into caring for them. No matter how skilled and well-trained you are, it is always best to have healthcare professionals on hand to come to your aid as and when your horse experiences a health-related issue.
Meeting the Healthcare Needs of your Horse
While most people would always turn to a veterinarian whenever their animal had some kind of problem, the range of healthcare experts one has to visit when faced with an equine issue is a whole new ball game. From qualified acupuncturists to chiropractors, body workers and more, you cannot expect your horse to be in good health unless this dream team is in place.
Given the type of activity that horses are engaged in, there is a lot of scope for injuries and this can lead to serious issues, if not handled correctly. From a physical therapist to a massage therapist or a dentist, each one plays a very important role in ensuring that your horse is always in perfect form. Of course, the place of glory in this healthcare dream team still belongs to the veterinarian.
What role does a Veterinarian play?
A veterinarian is the main person to have in your team of healthcare professionals because he assists in identifying the horse’s needs. After finding out what the problem is, he will guide you in finding the right people to go to, in order to solve the problem. Thus, the entire charting of the healthcare plan rests in the hands of the veterinarian.
However, this role is not always fixed. While some veterinarians may attend to the medical needs of the animal, there are others who are more skilled and capable of providing chiropractic, dentistry or even massage therapy to the horse. A thoroughly studied veterinarian will always know whether a problem can be resolved by himself or whether the situation needs to be recommended to a professional.
Making the Right Choice
If you have a good relationship with your veterinarian, they will be more than willing to guide you to the right professionals to attend to your horse’s needs. However, in some cases, you are left to find your own way about and in such a case, you need to have some basic knowledge about the problem being faced by your horse. After this, compare the qualifications of the different equine healthcare professionals that you have on call and ask the right questions so as to figure out if they are the right people for the job.
Veterinarians who are well-versed in alternative therapies for horses are plenty and horse owners have a large list to choose from. The owner of CORE Therapies, which is located in Lexington Kentucky, Larkspur Carroll, has obtained a certification as an equine chiropractor from the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and is also a certified acupuncturist. Not only does she have the ability to diagnose and work on chiropractic and acupuncture-related issues but she can also diagnose problems of the animal.
Carroll feels that chiropractic treatments and acupuncture should go hand in hand as they are doubly beneficial. Thus, when looking for healthcare professionals to have on call for your horse, you should always pay keen attention to their skill-set before taking your pick.
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