Little less than a month ago we had a vet out and it was a pretty bad experience. We just got the bill and I’d like to complain about the amount of sedatives he was given, and maybe about how it went as well (not sure if it would be better to just drop that part).
I’ve never written a complaint before and I’m kind of unsure about how to go about it. I’m Danish so some things will properly be a bit different here, but I’m still really curious to hear if any of you have experienced something similar and what you did.
I’m also really curious about if you know anything about sedatives being used in this way? I honestly haven’t seen many horses sedated and I’ve only been in charge of the whole thing a handful of times. It always seems to be an unpleasant experience, but I’m really curious about how normal this is and how “bad” sedating a horse should be.
We had the vet out to do some standard stuff (vaccinations and testing for worms) and to take a blood sample from my pony gelding. He is a really sweet pony and easy to handle, but he is cautious/scared of some people.
It’ll get too long if I go into details about what happened. But we started out with a pony who was cautious but curious and ended up with a pony who was panicking like I’ve never seen him panic before - and I’ve owned him for almost six years. I can’t blame the vet completely, but I believe that it was the vets incompetence when it comes to handling horses that made this situation spiral completely out of control. The vet didn’t exactly do anything wrong, it was just very clear that he didn’t know anything about handling horses.
The real issue, is that he needed to be sedated for the vet to be able to draw the blood and from my understanding he gave him way too much sedatives! When the vet left he said that he should be alright in 30 mins - an hour. Just after he left, he started having what looked like cramps all around his body. He also “forgot” which hindleg was which. It looked like he was trying to balance himself, but he couldn’t really figure out how to. He crossed them instead and moved them in the opposite direction than what he should have. One of his front legs also kept collapsing, so I had to kind of catch him and push it back up and support him when it seemed like he was falling over. He also had trouble peeing.
I don’t remember exactly how long it took, but I think it was about three hours before I could leave him. By that time he was still very sleepy, but seemed otherwise okay (and my mom and sister was there to keep an eye on him).
We just got the bill and they decided for some reason that everything should be put under my horse. So I had to check everything and figure out what belongs where. It says that I’m being charged for 1,5 ml Domidine. I wasn’t sure what that was, so I googled it and it’s a sedative: http://www.dechra-export.com/pd/10/en-gb/domidine-10-mg/ml/?Key=products - if you look at dosage it says that you should give 0,1-0,4 ml for each 100 kg (220.5 lbs) horse.
I’ve found a document from the Danish Health and Medicines Authority to back up those dosages as well.
My pony is 12/12.1 hh and I don’t think he even weighs 300 kg (661.4 lbs): http://hest2.webgallerier.dk/galleri/717/628/471/3580255-anden-saerlig-race-victor - taken just after he found something tasty between some Burdock Plants
Assuming his weight is 300 kg (which it’s not) he should only get a maximum of 1,2 ml. But for something minor like drawing blood, shouldn’t mild sedation be enough? I get that you want the horse properly sedated if you are going to float teeth or something like that, but for this he really only needed to be so sedated that he would stand reasonably still for a short while.
Unfortunately I have to leave to go on holliday in about 11 hours, so I will probably be without internet most of next week but I hope to be able to find some wifi spots somewhere. I really appreciate all answers as I’m kind of lost as to how bad this really is, how to write out the complaint and what to expect.