We are Here for You & Your Horse in Case of an Emergency
An exclusive service for our equine clients:
If your horse is experiencing an emergency of any kind, please call us at (805) 482-1902. We are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day for our all of our equine patients.
Following is a short list of typical horse emergencies:
Signs of colic or abdominal discomfort may include:
- Not eating
- Looking at his or her belly
- Laying down
- Curling the upper lip
- Kicking at their abdomen
If you think your horse is experiencing colic, we suggest that you remove all feed and take your horse for a short 15-minute walk. If possible, take your horse's temperature and heart rate. If signs persist or worsen, please call us.
Laceration or Puncture Wound
If your horse is in distress, please call us right away. If your horse is actively bleeding, apply a clean pressure bandage or clean towel to the area to stop the bleeding. Do not remove the bandage if it becomes saturated but rather just add more layers. If you are alone, control the bleeding first, and then call us.
Sudden, Severe Lameness
Please take any sudden onset of lameness seriously. Examine your horse for any wounds, heat, or swelling in the affected limb. Make sure to carefully check the foot for a penetrating wound or foreign body. If your horse is resistant or in distress, do not force him or her to move. Call us for further advice.
Traumatic Eye Injury
If you notice a sudden eye injury, prompt treatment is essential for the best outcome. Please be sure to contact us right away if you notice excessive tearing, cloudiness, or discharge coming from your horse's eye or if you see your horse holding the eye partially or completely closed.
Choke can be one of the most dramatic equine emergencies. Clinical signs are coughing, extending the head and neck, and food or water coming out of the nostrils. If you see these signs, remove all feed, turn off or remove the water, and contact us right away.