Equine Health - Is it an Equine Emergency?
Wednesday 15 September 2010
If you are new to owning a horse you will probably be worrying about what to do if your horse has an injury. Knowing when to call a vet can be difficult if you are new to caring for horses. There is a simple answer to your worries and that is if you are worried about what to do then you should pick up the phone. A good equine vet will not think you are wasting their time. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry.
Always Call a Vet When……
• It is essential you call a vet if you think that your horse has a fractured limb.
• Call a vet if your horse can’t bear weight on one of its legs.
• If your horse becomes suddenly and severely lame.
• If your horse is recumbent and not able to get up.
• If you think your horse has colic.
• If the edges of a wound have pulled apart because it might need stitching.
• If there is continuous bleeding, particularly if there are signs of arterial bleeding.
• If you discover a deep puncture wound.
• If you think your horse has laminitis.
• If your horse has continuous diarrhoea.
• If your horse’s eyes are swollen, injured or closed.
• If your horse shows signs of choking.
It is always stressful when trying to deal with an injury or illness especially with animals because you can’t ask them where or how it is hurting. You will need to stay calm, assess the situation and get help as soon as possible. Remember that when a horse is in pain or discomfort he won’t be his usual self so never take any risks.
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