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  • Emergencies

    One of our equine vets is on call 24 hours a day. No matter what time you call you will always be able to speak to one of our equine vets, giving you the reassurance of high quality care at all times.

    We have an equine vet on call at all times in order to cater for your equine emergencies whatever time of day or night it may be. All you need to do is call the normal office number and your call will be transferred straight to the duty vet. The vet is available for both advice over the phone and emergency visits.

    What is an emergency?

    It can sometimes be difficult to know whether a symptom your horse is displaying constitutes an emergency or not. The links on the left may be of help but if you are concerned at all, please do not hesitate to call 01327 811007.

    It’s always handy to have a first kit available at the yard, including a thermometer.

    Put the clinic number in your phone and outside your horse’s stable (in case you aren’t around when things go wrong).

    Have a plan for how you can transport your horse. If you don’t have transport then ask around in advance for transport you can borrow or hire in the event of an emergency.

    What to do when you have a problem

    When you call the vet with an emergency we will need to know the horse and owners name, a contact number, where the horse is located and what the problem is.

    It isn’t essential but if your horse is off colour it is very helpful if you can also provide us with your horses’ heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature when you call, this allows us to give you more accurate advice.

    • Monitor respiratory rate while watching from a distance. Normal; 10-14 breaths per minute. Are the nostrils flared?
    • Take pulse/heart rate. Normal; 24-48 beats per minute at rest. Consistently >60bpm is concerning.
    • Take temperature. Normal; 97.5-101 ‘F (36.5-38’C). Abnormal; >101.5’F (38.5’C)
    • Check gum colour. This should be salmon pink.

    If concerned you can compare the behaviour and parameters to other horses ideally of a similar age and size.

    Consider external factors affecting their behaviour, respiratory rate, temperature and heart rate e.g. exercise, excitement, high ambient temperatures will cause a healthy, normal horse to have parameters outside the normal range.

    Indications your horse may be unwell

    • Dull, depressed, and separated from other horses
    • Showing abnormal behaviour for the situation
    • Abnormal parameters
    • Inappetence (often the first sign of a high temperature)
    • Signs of pain
    • Lameness
    • Abnormal discharges from any orifice

    You can find out more about some common emergencies and what to do about them by clicking on the links below:

    Choke

    Colic

    Lameness ( Severe)

    Joint infections

    Nose bleeds

    Ocular Trauma

    Stuck horses

    Reproductive Services

    Wounds