IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL
OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY!
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Our practice offers emergency services 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays. We at East Valley Equine Practitioners are committed to seeing emergencies in a timely manner. Here are some basic problems that we feel may justify emergency treatment.
YOUR HORSE WILL NOT EAT – Many problems that may be life threatening begin by causing the horse to lose its appetite. If your horse is not eating, there will often be other symptoms that will tip off what the root of the problem may be. These symptoms include pawing, looking at his belly, lying down, green discharge coming from the mouth and nose, breathing faster or harder, etc. Together, these signs will allow us to direct our exam to determine the best treatment to alleviate the main problem.
YOUR HORSE HAS A WOUND – Many wounds require veterinary attention in order to heal in the fastest, most cosmetic fashion as well as to avoid harmful infections. If you can see the skin edges on each side of the wound, or it will not stop bleeding after 10 minutes, it is likely in need of prompt attention.
YOUR HORSE’S EYE LOOKS DIFFERENT – A white or blue color to the part that is normally clear, incessant drainage, the eyelids being held closed, or anything suspicious looking should be viewed with extreme caution and requires veterinary attention. An eye ulcer may be present and may require quick action to avoid losing the horse’s sight.
YOUR HORSE WILL NOT BEAR WEIGHT ON ONE OF HIS LIMBS – Anything from a simple stinger type injury to a broken leg may be to blame, but if a horse will place little or no weight on his leg, he should be seen immediately.
YOUR HORSE IS NOT WALKING NORMALLY – You may believe that your horse is just taking some weird steps, or that he can’t seem to find his balance, or that he’s just become clumsy. However, if these symptoms are present, your horse may have potentially life threatening conditions that range from laminitis, to West Nile virus encephalitis. Patients with these conditions always have a much better chance of recovery if treated early in the course of their disease.
Please keep in mind that this list does not include everything, but if any of these issues occur, please call us as soon as possible.