Emergency Medicine for Horses, Mules and Donkeys

If your horse is ill or injured, early treatment will give your horse the best chance at a speedy recovery.  Early signs of a medical problem include unexplained weight loss or gain, decreased  appetite, behavioral changes, fever, squinting or tearing eyes, nasal discharge, loose manure or diarrhea, limping, decreased performance under saddle, any areas of swelling or heat on the body, especially on the legs.

IF YOUR HORSE, MULE, OR DONKEY IS EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS OF AN EMERGENCY, CALL THE VET IMMEDIATELY!

  • Not eating or drinking
  • Unable or unwilling to get up after laying down
  • Other signs of colic such as rolling or thrashing on the ground, looking or biting at sides repeatedly, stretching out as if to urinate
  • Symptoms of choke, such as coughing with food material coming out of the nostrils
  • Severe limping or lameness
  • Any eye problem including a cloudy eye, squinting eyelid, or discharge from the eye
  • A wound or laceration that will not stop bleeding or is deeper than the skin, is over a joint, and/or over 2 inches in size
  • A puncture wound on any area of the body
  • Difficulty breathing
  • An adverse reaction after a vaccination or other medication is administered
  • Difficulty urinating or straining to urinate
  • A mare who is having labor complications or who is experiencing any problems after delivery
  • A newborn foal experiencing any problems