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Equine Emergencies

Our dedicated vets provide compassionate onsite emergency care and 24/7 emergency ambulatory services for horses. We serve patients from across Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon.

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24/7 Emergency Care From Columbia Equine Hospital

We pride ourselves in providing our clients with extremely reliable emergency services. Our team is equipped to handle your horse emergency on the farm or at our hospital.  Contact us if you have an equine emergency.

The best way to handle any emergency is to be prepared. We strongly recommend that all horse owners maintain a first aid kit for potential emergencies such as colic, lameness, foot injuries, and wounds.

In the face of an emergency please assess your horse’s condition prior to calling. The information you provide will enable our team to be prepared and provide prompt and efficient service.

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Indications of an Emergency

Below are some indications that your horse may require equine emergency veterinary attention:

  • Allergic Reaction

    Signs may include hives, large areas of swelling on the body, swollen nose, or swollen eyes.

  • Colic

    Indications your horse may be colic-ing include pawing the ground, curling their upper lip, inappropriate sweating, looking at their side, urinating small amounts several times or stretching out, lying down, and rolling. If possible take your horse’s temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate. It may be advisable to walk your horse until the veterinarian arrives.

  • Eye Trauma

    Signs can include your horse’s upper and/or lower eyelids being swollen, tears or discharge coming from the eye, or squinting. Place a fly mask on your horse until a veterinarian arrives.

  • Lacerations

    Cuts or open wounds are best treated as quickly as possible. Ideally try and identify the location of the wound, the size of the wound, and the horse's overall condition. If you see continuous bleeding please apply direct pressure, otherwise, attempt to protect the wound until the veterinarian arrives.

  • Nasal Discharge

    Evaluate the character of nasal discharge. Look for colors: clear, white, red, green, or yellow. Determine if the discharge has a bad smell or if it looks like feed material mixed with saliva. Observe if it's from both nostrils or just one nostril if your horse has a cough and if your horse appears distressed. Please take your horse’s temperature, remove all feed if your horse appears choked, and contact a veterinarian immediately.

  • Not Eating

    You may observe your horse dropping feed, chewing abnormally, not finishing their feed normally, drooling excessively, or they have a foul odor coming from their mouth. There are several indications for these clinical signs that would require emergency care.

  • Sudden Lameness

    Signs include your horse not being able to bear weight on one or more legs, unwillingness to move, or appearing very tender-footed. It is important not to move the horse and to look for obvious swelling, heat, pain to the touch, or digital pulses in the affected leg(s). Look at your horse’s foot for nails or other foreign objects penetrating the sole, frog, or heel bulbs. If you find a nail, do NOT remove it unless directed by the veterinarian.

  • Sudden Leg Swelling
    While your horse may or may not appear lame, one or more legs may have become swollen. Be sure to take your horse’s temperature, feel the limb for heat, assess if the limb is painful to the touch, and look for scabs or cuts on the swollen leg.

The detailed history and description of your horses condition you provide to the doctor is essential information to determine the urgency, the care you can provide until a veterinarian is able to examine your horse, the equipment and supplies required to treat your horse, the most appropriate location to treat your horse, and a rough estimate on cost. In some instances, we will determine that it is necessary and most appropriate to treat your horse in our hospital or at your farm.

Normal Vital Signs

Rectal Temperatures Heart Rate Respiratory Rate
Adult Horse 98 - 101.5ºF 30 - 44 beats/min. 8-16 breaths/min.
Newborn Foal 99 - 102ºF 60 - 100 beats/min. 20-40 breaths/min.

New Patients & Referrals Welcome

Columbia Equine Hospital is accepting new patients and veterinary referrals! We are passionate about the health and well-being of horses across Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. Contact us to get started today.

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