Equine 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!)
- 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