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Equine Emergency Services

Our emergency and critical care service provides medical and surgical treatment to severely injured or ill animals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.    

We work closely with local veterinarians in the area to make sure your animal gets the best care possible before, during and after hospitalization.  We also have patient support with our own on-site laboratory for blood and fluid analysis.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that the
on-call-doctor is contacted
BEFORE SHIPPING THE HORSE.

There is always a doctor on call and your emergency call should be returned within 10 minutes. However, the emergency doctor is not always at the hospital or may be unavailable (if in emergency surgery).

If you have an emergency contact your veterinarian immediately.  He or she can determine if your horse needs an immediate referral to the hospital.  It is very important that our on-call doctor is contacted before a horse is shipped to the hospital please see our emergency referral protocol.

 

The following are common medical conditions that need to be seen immediately:

  • Colic (abdominal pain indicated by pawing, rolling, or overall indications of painfulness)
  • Serious laceration of the limb or body
  • Epistaxis (bleeding from the nose)
  • Choking/difficulty breathing
  • Fracture
  • Trauma  – including eyes and  head
  • Snake bite
  • Dystocia (abnormal or difficult birthing)
  • “Tying up” (muscle cramping)
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea

 

We offer the most advanced medical and surgical treatments to stabilize your animal and diagnose its condition.

 Our veterinary team provides expertise in anesthesiology, cardiology, radiology, internal medicine, surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, and dentistry to ensure your animal receives the most comprehensive care available.



Advanced Treatments and Techniques

  • Gastrointestinal surgery, including management of intestinal strangulation, displacement, impaction and other types of colic
  • Wound repair and management, including wounds involving synovial structures (i.e. joints, tendon sheaths, bursa) and tendons
  • Musculoskeletal problems including trauma, fractures, infection and laminitis
  • Fracture repair of all types including long bones, the skull and spine
  • Reproductive emergencies including dystocia, cesarean section, and fetotomy
  • Colitis, enteritis and other intestinal diseases
  • Pneumonia, pleuropneumonia and other thoracic or abdominal disease
  • Shock treatment secondary to severe disease, endotoxemia, hemorrhage and fluid loss
  • Management of foal diseases including sepsis, failure of passive transfer, wounds and colic
  • Ophthalmology emergencies such as corneal or eyelid laceration, corneal ulceration, glaucoma, uveitis, other trauma, and rupture
  • Cardiovascular problems including arrhythmias, heart murmurs, and heart failure
  • Management of toxin ingestion or exposure such as toxic plants, snake bite

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that the on-call-doctor is contacted BEFORE SHIPPING THE HORSE.

This is for two reasons:

 

1. An estimate of charges needs to be provided including the required deposit. Unprepared clients with uninformed expectations are often upset with their referring veterinarians as well as sometimes having made an unnecessary trip.

 

2. Rarely, we cannot accept new cases immediately and it is best that the emergency be either stabilized further at the farm prior to shipping or shipped to another referral facility.

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