We Are Here for You in Any Equine Emergency: 7 Days a Week, 24 Hours a Day
We pride ourselves in providing our clients with extremely reliable emergency services. We are equipped to handle most cases either at your farm or at our hospital. To reach a veterinarian for an emergency, just contact us.
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, wounds, and so on.
First and foremost, be sure to keep our phone number handy: (503) 663-1515
We always recommend that you do your best to remain calm when facing an emergency situation and assess your horse’s condition as best as you can prior to calling your veterinarian. The information you give us will help us to be better prepared to provide prompt and efficient service.
Below are some indications that your horse may require veterinary attention:
- Not eating—Do you notice that your horse is picking at feed or not chewing when he or she takes a mouthful? Is your horse drooling excessively or is there a foul odor coming from his or her mouth? These could be signs of a problem requiring medical attention. Be sure to take your horse’s temperature, check water consumption, remove food, and call your veterinarian.
- Colic—Indications include your horse pawing the ground, curling his upper lip, sweating, hard or fast breathing, or possibly lying down and rolling. Some horses may become anxious or even violent. If your horse shows any of these signs, be sure to remain safe and call your veterinarian. If possible, take your horse’s temperature and start walking the horse in an open area with soft footing.
- Nasal discharge—Watch for blood or pus, feed material, or saliva coming from one or both nostrils. Take your horse’s temperature and feel your horse’s throat area and under the jaw for swelling or tenderness. Try to keep your horse calm and call your veterinarian.
- Swollen eye—Signs can include your horse’s upper and/or lower eyelids being swollen, tears or discharge coming from the eye, or squinting in the sunlight. If you notice any of these signs, first remove your horse from the bright sun and apply a cold compress. Then contact us.
- Sudden leg swelling—While your horse may or may not appear lame, one or more legs will have become swollen. Be sure to take your horse’s temperature and look for scabs or cuts on the swollen leg. Cold hose the leg and apply a standing wrap, then call your veterinarian.
- Sudden lameness—Signs include your horse not able to bear weight on one or more legs, an unwillingness to move, or appears very tender footed. If your horse demonstrates any of these signs, it is important not to move the horse and to look for obvious swelling in the affected leg. Also be sure to check your horse’s foot for nails or other foreign objects. If you find a nail, do NOT remove it. Please contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Lacerations—If your horse is bleeding, contact us immediately for instructions on what to do. We will want to know if you saw the injury happen, how big the laceration is, and if it is clean or dirty.
- Allergic reaction—This can occur if your horse was recently vaccinated, dewormed, or given medication. It can also occur as the result of a snake or insect bite. You may notice swelling or hives at the injection site, or your horse may become very stiff and be unwilling to move. Make sure to call us as soon as possible, especially if breathing is a problem. Upon noticing a possible allergic reaction, you should remove any food and move your horse to a cool location if possible.
In some instances, we will determine that it is necessary to come to you rather than try to transport your injured horse to us. We are pleased to provide on-farm services to all of our clients, whether in an emergency or for other medical needs.
Healthy Vital Signs
|Temperature||Heart Rate||Respiratory Rate|
|Adult Horse||98–101.5°F||30–44 beats/min.||8–16 breaths/min.|
|Newborn Foal||99–102°F||60–100 beats/min.||20–40 breaths/min.|