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Keeping calm helps vet, pet

Dear Editor,

I read and sympathize with the loss of Ms. Field’s horse.

I too have tried to get a vet to take care of an emergency with no one returning my calls.

One must realize that there are thousands of animals in this area, and only a few take care of horses.

That being said, I also had a crisis with one of my horses; it was 9 p.m., he was down. Not knowing what to do, I called all around. Dr. Hamilton was the first one to call back, within minutes of receiving the call. It was below zero outside, and he was there within 10 minutes. During that time I panicked, cried, and did what I thought needed to be done.

From that experience and several other more serious emergencies with either my horses, dogs, etc., I have learned several lessons.

One is stay calm, the animals can sense when you are upset. When talking to the vet, make sure you have all information regarding condition of animal, directions to your house, if you live on a county road, not a county road number, but directions.

I know this last one is hard to do, but remain calm when speaking. When you’re upset, the tone of voice is hard to understand, and makes everyone upset with one another. I know that after all I have been through, I have a first aid kit that contains items that would help in most situations.

Sincerely,

Laurie Murdock

Rifle


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