Equine emergencies happen whether you're ready for one or not. Badger Equine Veterinary Services is ready to respond with an equine veterinarian on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When you call our regular phone lines after hours, follow the prompts and you will be connected directly to the equine veterinarian on call.
It is very important to provide the equine veterinarian with basic information regarding your horse's condition -- temperature, respiratory rate, and gum color -- but remember to stay safe and don't put yourself in harm's way to get the information!
Common Equine Emergencies
Common horse health emergencies include the following:
- Respiratory Distress
- Lacerations & Puncture Wounds
- Joint & Tendon Injuries
- Eye Trauma
- Reproductive Emergencies
- Foal Emergencies
- Colic (abdominal pain)
- Acute Lameness (non-weight bearing lameness in one or more limbs)
- Choke (in the horse, an esophageal obstruction due to feedstuffs)
Equine Emergency Kit
It is a good idea to have an at-home "equine emergency kit" to use if needed until a Badger Equine Veterinary Services veterinarian arrives. Include items such as:
- 16" Combined Rolled Bandages (2 rolls)
- 6" Kling Bandage Rolls ( 4 rolls)
- 4" Vet Wrap (4 rolls)
- Duct Tape (1 roll)
- 4" x 4" Cotton Squares (24 count)
- Banamine Paste (1 tube)
- Triple Antibiotic Eye Ointment (WITHOUT steroids -- cortisone and dexamethasone)
- Topical Antibiotic Ointment (Triple Antibiotic Ointment or Silver Sulfadiazene)
- Dilute Chlorhexidine Wound Cleansing Solutions (4 oz.)
Read our blog post for more information: What to Stock In Your Equine First Aid Kit
If you are ever in doubt about your horse's well-being, don't hesitate to call. Time can be an important factor in the final outcome of many equine emergencies!