The Day Your Horse becomes Seriously ill
It’s certainly not uncommon – at least not around here for some of you to own a horse for sport or pleasure but unlike smaller furry companions, managing their needs when they become sick or are injured presents a whole different set of challenges.
Fact – Most Owners are Not Prepared for that unexpected Emergency
Equine Ambulatory services can only do so much if your horse is seriously ill. While we carry a range of medications and equipment in our vehicles, as far as facilities go, we are limited to paddocks and stables.
What this means is – we can perform routine or minor procedures such as Geldings, stitch up lacerations, treat hoof abscesses, manage a spasmodic colic, provide emergency first aid and remove a lump or two however, we are certainly not resourced to provide intensive medical care around the clock or perform major surgery.
Your Horse will need to go to Hospital!
Having to refer your horse to hospital is not simply something we do to make things easy for us. It’s done because its what your horse’s condition needs.
It’s no different to calling an ambulance when a member of your family suddenly becomes seriously ill or having your doctor send you straight to hospital if the symptoms point to something serious.
You will need to have Transport
Owning a Float or having access to one at short notice is one of the absolute must haves if you own a horse.
Too often we’ve seen people caught out by having either no float or car to tow one when they need to get it to an Equine Hospital in a hurry. This is not a situation you want to find yourself in.
If you don’t yet own a float – then at least make arrangements that allow you to borrow one from a friend – at short notice – and 24/7. (Emergencies can happen at any hour)
Better still – have at least a few people up your sleeve should you not be able to contact your first choice.
Other things to consider
- Make sure you have access to First Line veterinary care from a vet local to you. Even for serious issues you may need that necessary initial first aid treatment to prepare your horse for safe transport.
- Have a good relationship with that vet. After all – you may need to call them out at any time. Not all veterinary clinics offer a 24/7 emergency service.
- Have funds set aside for veterinary expenses. (Routine and Emergency Care) If you own a horse, you will have vet bills.
- Have a well stocked first aid kit. You may need to use it in conjunction with veterinary advice should your vet not be able to attend as quickly as the situation demands.
- Know the names and locations of your nearest Equine Emergency Centres.