Emergency Care for Your Horse
The following are steps that you can take to help your horse get through an emergency, and some frequently asked questions we get from our patients.
Steps To Take In An Emergency
If your horse is in distress, follow the steps listed below.
- Call Your Veterinarian as Soon as Possible - Provide detailed information about your horse’s condition, including vital signs. Your vet will decide how to proceed based on the information you provide.
- Stay Calm - Your horse will react to your emotions. For it to feel calm and reassured, it is essential for you and the people around your horse to also remain calm.
- Keep Everyone Safe - Keep yourself safe at all times. You will not be able to help your horse if you become injured. Move your horse to an area where they are unlikely to cause further harm to themselves.
- Get Help from Others at Your Barn - Delegate responsibilities like holding your horse and bringing the first aid kit.
- Do Not Administer Drugs - Do not administer any drugs to your horse, including tranquilizers or sedatives, without explicit instructions from your vet.
Equine Emergency FAQs
Equine emergency veterinary care involves the treatment of horses in situations that require immediate medical attention or could potentially be life-threatening.
- What is considered an emergency?
Physical injuries are common in horses. While a range of sports injuries can occur during training, curiosity can also lead to serious injuries, such as deep gashes and lacerations. Physical injuries should always be seen by your veterinarian to prevent the injury from becoming infected or more severe. If your horse has had an accident or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us right away.
- Excessive Bleeding
- Swellings, lacerations, and punctures
- Eye injuries
- Acute lameness
- Illness (including fever, loss of appetite, dullness, and diarrhea)
- Problems with pregnancy or foaling difficulties
- Sport horse injuries
Signs of gastrointestinal pain (often referred to as colic) can be an indication of anything from constipation to extremely serious intestinal twists or displacements. If your horse companion is showing any of the following symptoms, call either our North or South locations right away for emergency care.
- When is your veterinary clinic open?
VetweRx Equine provides 24/7 mobile emergency care for our existing clients in Boulder, Weld, Larimer, Douglas, Elbert and Arapahoe Counties.
If your horse is experiencing a health emergency, contact us straight away. A knowledgeable staff member will take your call during our regular business hours and arrange for one of our equine emergency vets to see your horse.
For after-hours, holiday, and weekend emergency equine care, our existing clients can call either our North or South locations right away. Your call will be forwarded directly to our on-call veterinarian.
- What emergency services do you offer?
We are equipped to provide diagnostics, a complete range of surgical services, and hospitalization as needed. We offer mobile units so that our vets can come to your location.
- When are your emergency services offered?
We offer 24-hour ambulatory services for our existing equine patients.
- Do I need to take my horse to your clinic?
While there are some severe cases where we will need to transport your horse to our clinic, our veterinarians will travel to you in our fully stocked truck and can diagnose and treat nearly every medical issue right at your farm.