Call the Vet Immediately for :
  • Persistent bleeding from a wound or orifice
  • Severe colicky behavior (persistent rolling, sweating, pawing)
  • Sudden inability to breathe. Rapid shallow breaths. Horse is in obvious respiratory distress. Includes swelling around throat.
  • Any wound or trauma to the eye including swollen eyelids
  • Non – weight bearing lameness
  • Any wound near a synovial structure(ie.Jo int, tendon sheath), major blood vessels or nerves (includes penetrating injuries to the foot).
  • Any mare taking longer than 30mins to complete delivery stage of foaling
  • Sudden onset(acute) laminitis
  • High fever(normal temperature of a n adult horse is 37.5 – 38.3 C)
  • Foal that is not suckling(mare’ s udde rs will be enlarged, a nd you may notice dried milk on the foal’ s face)
  • Foal with diarrhea (other than foal heat diarrhea)
Call the Vet the same day or first thing next morning for :
  • Superficial skin wounds away from any vital structures (and in cases where cosmetic outcome is not an issue)
  • Sudden onset of lameness but horse is still weight – bearing
  • Mild lethargy and inappetance
  • Chronic laminitis
  • Mild respiratory disease – coughing, nasal discharge
  • Low – grade swelling to an area away from vital structures
  • Low grade skin allergy
  • Dull/quiet foal
Call to schedule an appointment in the next couple of days for :
  • Mild, intermittent lameness
  • Mild nasal discharge, but no other clinical signs
  • Ongoing skin allergies
  • Difficulty chewing
Call to schedule an appointment at regular intervals for :
  • Vaccinations : Adult Horses – Once yearly (Tetanus & Strangles)
  • Dental Exam and Floating: Every 6 or 12 mths depending on the needs of your horse
If you are unsure of whether your horse requires veterinary attention, please call us on 0427 072 095 to discuss your situation with a vet.