Emergency Medicine for Horses, Mules and Donkeys

Our Veterinarians Are On-Call 24/7

IF YOUR HORSE, MULE, OR DONKEY IS EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS OF AN EMERGENCY, CALL THE VET IMMEDIATELY at (480) 436-4970

Own a horse long enough and sooner or later you're likely to confront a medical emergency., From lacerations to colic to foaling difficulties, there are many emergencies that a horse owner may encounter. You must know how to recognize serious problems and respond promptly, taking appropriate action while awaiting the arrival of your veterinarian.

Many accidents can be prevented by taking the time to evaluate your horse's environment and removing potential hazards. Mentally rehearse your emergency action plan. In an emergency, time is critical. Don't be concerned with overreacting or annoying your veterinarian. By acting quickly and promptly, you can minimize the consequences of an injury or illness.

Preparation

Preparation is vital when confronted with a medical emergency. No matter the situation you may face, mentally rehearse the steps you will take to avoid letting panic take control. Follow these guidelines from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to help you prepare for an equine emergency.

  • Keep your veterinarian's number in your phone, including how practitioners can be reached after hours.
  • Consult with your regular veterinarian regarding back-up or referring veterinarians number in case you can't reach your regular veterinarian quickly enough.
  • Know in advance the most direct route to an equine emergency surgery center in case you need to transport a horse.
  • Store the names and phone numbers of nearby friends and neighbors who can assist you in an emergency while you wait for your veterinarian.
  • Prepapre a first aid kit and store in a clean, dry, and readily accessible place. Make sure that family members and other users know where the kit is. Also keep a first aid kit in your horse trailer or towing vehicle and a pared down version to carry on trail.

First Aid Kit

First aid kits can be simple or elaborate. Here is a short list of essential items to have on hand:

  • Cotton roll
  • Cling wrap
  • Vet wrap
  • Gauze pads, in assorted sizes
  • Sharps scissors
  • Cup or container
  • Rectal thermometer with string and clip attached
  • Surgical scrub and antiseptic solution
  • Latex gloves
  • Saline solution
  • Stethoscope
  • Clippers
  • Duct tape
  • Zip ties
  • Diaper
  • Multipurpose pliers/handyman tool
  • Fishing line
  • Epsom salt
  • Electrolytes
  • Hemostat
  • 6-8" garden hose
  • Fly repellant and ointment
  • Prescription medications
  • Bute & Banamine, BNP, TMZ, Azium

Regarding prescriptions, you'll need a Veterinary/Client/Patient Relationship, however medications can often be dispensed to clients under the condition that they call the clinic first to discuss the situation prior to medicating the horse. These medications are only of value if you understand their benefits and limitations, and you are able to competently give them to your hourse without masking the problem and giving the correct dosage.

Emergency Contacts

Chaparral Equine Hospital: (480) 595-8600

Maricopa County Animal Control: (602) 506-7387

Pinal County Animal Control: (520) 509-3555

Poison Control: (800) 362-0101

Animal Poison Control: (800) 426-4435

Animal Disaster Services: (928) 925-7990

Arizona Game and Fish: (602) 942-3000