Established Clients Emergencies
For our established clients please contact our pager as we could be in middle of procedure so if you do not receive a call back from the doctor on call within 10 minutes, call again. If we are on another emergency, we may be out of range for cell phone/pager reception, but we will call back as soon as we receive your page. We take emergencies very seriously.
It is best to call when you suspect an emergency, and not wait until the situation gets worse. Depending on the horse’s condition, you may be coached to do some things yourself to evaluate the severity of the condition and provide immediate care to your horse until the doctor's arrival. The following are some of the problems, causes and things you can do in the event of emergency.
Common Emergency Situations
- Colic – If your horse is not eating, not drinking, bloated, getting up and down, looking at his/her stomach, pawing, breathing heavily, urinating frequently, or generally uncomfortable you might have a colic. This is a potentially life threatening situation and you should call immediately.
- Breathing Difficulties – Labored breathing coupled with pale or bluish mucous membranes of the mouth and gums may indicate heart failure, airway problems, or a major chemical imbalance.
- Major Trauma – if your horse has fallen, been struck by a moving vehicle, or suffers multiple wounds from an unseen accident contact us even if your horse initially appears unharmed.
- Lacerations – Wounds that penetrate the skin are contaminated and may become infected within several hours. Many wounds that seem minor on the surface often hide more extensive injuries to vital tissues such as tendon sheaths or joint capsules and require immediate attention.
- Loss of Coordination, Head Tilt or Seizure – These symptoms may indicate an infectious disease or central nervous system problem that requires immediate attention
- Poisoning – When you know or suspect that your horse has ingested a poisonous substance, call immediately and have the label or packaging from the poisonous substance so we can obtain as much information as possible.
Any call which requires immediate attention is considered an emergency. To schedule a non-emergency appointment please call us at +1-410-239-2323.