Vets in demand
POSTED: Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 6:50pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 3, 2010 - 10:27am
Large animal vets are becoming scarce nationwide
We talked to several veterinarians today and what we learned is - vets that care for livestock are beginning to be few and far between.
The problems vets are having is that caring for cattle costs a lot of money, it's hard work, and it's very risky.
It's risky because medicating animals that are part of the food chain - meaning animals that are eaten - is a very regulated process - one that shouldn't be taken lightly.
So some livestock owners are taking care into their own hands.
Some of the side effects that we see from folks doing home remedies is it ends up costing them more in the long run or ends up harming the animal because they end up delaying treatments and symptoms from what they're seeing and not the underlying cause.
- said Dr. James O'Bryan with Gresham Veterinary Center.