Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Emergencies - when to call the vet Owner Factsheet

Every owner will at some time have to deal with an emergency involving their horse. It is essential to know how to deal with such emergencies before they arise and to know who to call when they do. Although concern is understandable when you think your horse is unwell or in pain, if your horse is ill at night your vet will appreciate it if you can wait until the morning to call them unless the condition is an emergency.

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So how do I recognise an emergency?

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What should I do?

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When do I need to call my vet as an emergency?

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Wounds

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Colic

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Laminitis

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Severe lameness

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Tying up (rhabdomyolysis / 'set fast')

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Heaves or asthma attack

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