Equine Emergency Care

Emergency Care

A doctor is always available for emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you have an emergency, please call. Remember: if in doubt, call!  It’s always better to call sooner rather than later.

We recommend that every owner have a first aid kit with important items to aid your horse in the event of an emergency.

Some general guidelines that indicate you have an emergency are: 

  • Signs of Colic (rolling, pawing, biting at side, sweating, depression, lack of manure production, not eating)
  • Any uncontrolled bleeding
  • Foreign objects protruding from the body (don’t remove them!)
  • Lacerations
  • Injury to the eye or eyelids
  • Aggressive or unusual behavior
  • Neurologic signs (tripping, walking into objects, circling)
  • Severe lameness that renders the horse painful or immobile
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Mares which are actively in labor for more than 20 minutes without progress
  • Multiple animals getting sick at once
  • Inability to rise