horse veterinarian wendell, nc
Daniel Lambert, DVM (919) 601-4122
EMERGENCY (919) 637-2190

Emergencies

Important: Please Read

The HorseCare emergency number is 919-637-2190 . This number is to a cell phone that a person always answers, and we strive to get to veterinary emergencies within one hour of when the call comes in. We are probably the only veterinary practice that provides this level of emergency care! But, emergency calls are disruptive to our quality of life- they typically happen in the evening just when we are trying to wind down for the night. Because of this, we typically only provide emergency service for regular HorseCare clients who have used us for wellness care in the previous twelve months.

What is an Emergency?

There are several conditions that classify as an emergency:

    Emergency Clinical Signs What To Do Before You Call
    Colic: The #1 cause of death in domestic horses.
    • "off" his feed
    • pawing
    • kicking or biting at abdomen
    • frequent rolling & laying down
    • sweating
    Do not let your horse eat anything.
    Acute Lameness
    • nail puncture
    • abscess
    • fractures
    • laminitis- the #2 cause of death of domestic horses!
    If at all possible, DON'T remove the nail. Do not move the horse if you don't have to.
    Eye Trauma: ALWAYS an emergency!
    • eyelid swelling
    • eyelashes pointing down when compared to opposite eye
    • holding the eye shut
    • tearing
    • frequent blinking
    Please call your veterinarian. Too often owners do not think the squinting is serious, or well meaning owners attempt to treat the eye themselves. Many times a horse will end up losing an eye that could have been saved if diagnosed and treated properly from the beginning.
    Choke: often happens just after feeding
    • nasal discharge that may be green, or have hay in it
    • coughing
    • distress
    • extension of head and neck
    Take your horse's food away, but make sure he has access to clean water.
    Wounds & Lacerations
    • wounds over or near any joint
    • deep wounds
    • excessive bleeding- if you cannot count the drops of blood it is an emergency
    • wounds with skin flaps or all the way through the top skin layer
    DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN THE WOUND. Try to stop the bleeding. Wrap something clean tightly around the wound if you can. Bandage material, Feminine pads work well, or clean towels. Try not to panic about the blood loss- horses have ten times more blood than us!
    Exertional Myopathies (tying up)
    • acute stiffness
    • reluctance to move
    • tight muscles
    • pale gums
    Do not make the horse move if he does not want to. Give him Banamine if you are comfortable doing so.
    Poisoning Poisoning is relatively rare in horses, but it does happen occasionally. Get the package if you have it, then try to determine about how much was ingested. We need this information! Then, call the Poison Center Phone Numbers:
    • Pet Poison Hotline 800-213-6680
    • Human Poison Control 800-222-1222