What influence does Corona have on my horse – and my veterinarian?
Lately, we’ve heard a lot about COVID-19 and corona-virus. Nevertheless, some questions remain unanswered. Because what will happen when I involve my veterinarian in a pre-purchase exam, or when my mare is supposed to be scanned later this season? In truth, what influence does Corona have on my horse, and what role and responsibility does my veterinarian have in a situation like this?
I believe we can all agree that we’re living in strange times. That being said, as horse owners we cannot forget our responsibility to take good care of our animals – even if our focus is elsewhere, namely the new corona-virus. And while we worry about our well-being and family a like, veterinarians all over are concerned with something entirely different. And that is if people overlook diseases in horses and that horse owners are afraid to contact their veterinarian due to corona. Honestly, horse owners should continue to check in on their horses and take good care of them, and if your horse gets ill then you should contact your veterinarian – that fact hasn’t changed with the occurrence of a new virus.
The Danish Union for Veterinarians (Den Danske Dyrlægeforening) state on their website that they are paying close attention to the situation with COVID-19. And that’s fine and all – but what does the veterinarians have to say themselves? We asked Peter Hjuler from Horsedoc how he thinks people should react and consult with their veterinarians, while the corona-crisis is still here.
“My recommendation to the horse owners is to continue consolidating with your veterinarian as if nothing had changed.” – Peter Hjuler, Horsedoc.dk
“Corona doesn’t change the circumstances for veterinarians specialized in horses, as much as it does for clinics and professionals working with smaller animals. Regardless, any veterinarian you consult with knows exactly what they’re doing, and we always prioritize good hygiene above anything else. That hasn’t changed with the new corona outbreak, and my recommendation to the horse owners is to continue consolidating with your veterinarian as if nothing had changed.”
Veterinarians continue to play an important role – also during the corona-crisis.
It seems so simple, but if you’re horse is sick – contact your veterinarian. And together, you will be able to figure out if your horse needs treatment. As of such, veterinarians continue to play an important role – also during the corona-crisis. In practice, it will probably be assessed whether an examination and / or treatment of your horse should and can be done considering the restrictions imposed by the authorities – but the least thing you can do is to always consult with your veterinarian. Furthermore, you should also know that veterinarians – like any other health professional – is educated and trained to handle situations where diseases can spread and are more than capable of examining your horse under the current circumstances.
That being said, I would like to stress out that, horse owner or not, you should follow the guidelines that our government have issued to avoid further spreading of the corona-virus. I hope that reading this article has re-introduced some assurance and confidence in your veterinarians ability to examine your horse – regardless if you’re selling, vaccinating or getting a foal from her this season.