Equine Emergency Care
Equine Emergencies in Ocala
If your horse is experiencing an emergency, try to follow the steps below.
- Stay Calm - Horses react to the emotions of people. Staying calm is essential during an equine emergency.
- Stay Safe - Keep yourself safe at all times. You will not be able to help your horse if you become injured.
- Try to Keep Your Horse Calm - For your horse to feel calm and reassured, it is essential for the people around your horse to also remain calm.
- Move Your Horse to a Safe Area - Move your horse to an area where they are unlikely to cause further harm to themselves.
- Get Help from Others - Delegate responsibilities such as calling the vet, holding your horse, and bringing the first aid kit.
- Call Your Veterinarian as Soon as Possible - Provide detailed information about your horse’s condition, including vital signs. Your vet will decide how to proceed based on the information you provide.
- Do Not Administer Drugs - Do not administer any drugs to your horse, including tranquilizers or sedatives, without explicit instructions from your vet.
Equine Medical Center of Ocala
Equine Emergency FAQs
Equine emergency veterinary care involves the treatment of horses in situations that require immediate medical attention or could potentially be life-threatening.
- What is considered an emergency?
Physical injuries are common in horses. While a range of sports injuries can occur during training, curiosity can also result in serious injuries, such as deep gashes and lacerations. Physical injuries should always be seen by your veterinarian to prevent the injury from becoming infected or more severe. If your horse has had an accident or is experiencing any of these symptoms, call us right away.
- Excessive Bleeding
- Swellings, lacerations, and punctures
- Eye injuries
- Acute lameness
- Illness (including fever, loss of appetite, dullness, and diarrhea)
- Problems with pregnancy or foaling difficulties
- Sport horse injuries
Signs of gastrointestinal pain (often referred to as colic) can be an indication of anything from constipation to extremely serious intestinal twists or displacements. Call us right away for emergency care.
- When is your veterinary clinic open?
All of our equine veterinary services are provided at the horses' location. Our equine veterinarians do not see animals at our office location.
Our regular office hours are:
- Monday:08:00 am - 04:00 pm
- Tuesday:08:00 am - 04:00 pm
- Wednesday:08:00 am - 04:00 pm
- Thursday:08:00 am - 04:00 pm
- Friday:08:00 am - 04:00 pm
- What emergency services do you offer?
We are not able to provide emergency services for most patients at this time.
If your horse is experiencing a health emergency, we will be happy to direct you to a trusted emergency equine hospital in your area.
- Do I need to take my horse to your clinic?
No. All of our healthcare services are performed at your horse's location.
New Patients Welcome
Florida Equine Veterinary Associates is passionate about the health of sport and performance horses. Get in touch today to book your equine athelete's first appointment.