Colorado Equine Clinic Veterinarians are on-call for emergencies with limited after hours. Our regular hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Monday – Friday. We take on-call emergencies a few hours before and after our regular business hours in along with some Saturday hours. If you call with an emergency and are not prompted to #1 to be forwarded to the on-call veterinarian then we are not available. We apologize for this temporary inconvenience but in order to best serve you and your horses medical needs we are not able to provide 24/7 service. We expect to once again be able to provide this service by the second quarter of 2020.

The best way to handle any emergency is to be prepared. We strongly recommend that all horse owners maintain a first aid kit for potential emergencies such as colic, lameness, foot injuries, wounds, and so on.

First and foremost, be sure to keep our phone number handy: (303) 791-4747

We always recommend that you do your best to remain calm when facing an emergency situation and assess your horse’s condition as best as you can prior to calling your veterinarian. The information you give us will help us to be better prepared to provide prompt and efficient service.

Below are some indications that your horse may require veterinary attention:

Not eating
Do you notice that your horse is picking at feed or not chewing when he or she takes a mouthful? Is your horse drooling excessively or is there a foul odor coming from his or her mouth? These could be signs of a problem requiring medical attention. Be sure to take your horse’s temperature, check water consumption, remove food, and call your veterinarian.

Indications include your horse pawing the ground, curling his upper lip, sweating, hard or fast breathing, or possibly lying down and rolling. Some horses may become anxious or even violent. If your horse shows any of these signs, be sure to remain safe and call your veterinarian. If possible, take your horse’s temperature and start walking the horse in an open area with soft footing.

Nasal discharge
Watch for blood or pus, feed material, or saliva coming from one or both nostrils. Take your horse’s temperature and feel your horse’s throat area and under the jaw for swelling or tenderness. Try to keep your horse calm and call your veterinarian.

Swollen eye
Signs can include your horse’s upper and/or lower eyelids being swollen, tears or discharge coming from the eye, or squinting in the sunlight. If you notice any of these signs, first remove your horse from the bright sun and apply a cold compress. Then contact us.

Sudden leg swelling
While your horse may or may not appear lame, one or more legs will have become swollen. Be sure to take your horse’s temperature and look for scabs or cuts on the swollen leg. Cold hose the leg and apply a standing wrap, then call your veterinarian.

Sudden lameness
Signs include your horse not able to bear weight on one or more legs, an unwillingness to move, or appears very tender footed. If your horse demonstrates any of these signs, it is important not to move the horse and to look for obvious swelling in the affected leg. Also be sure to check your horse’s foot for nails or other foreign objects. If you find a nail, do NOT remove it. Please contact your veterinarian immediately.

If your horse is bleeding, contact us immediately for instructions on what to do. We will want to know if you saw the injury happen, how big the laceration is, and if it is clean or dirty.

Allergic reaction
This can occur if your horse was recently vaccinated, dewormed, or given medication. It can also occur as the result of a snake or insect bite. You may notice swelling or hives at the injection site, or your horse may become very stiff and be unwilling to move. Make sure to call us as soon as possible, especially if breathing is a problem. Upon noticing a possible allergic reaction, you should remove any food and move your horse to a cool location if possible.

If you have questions about whether or not your horse needs to be seen immediately or if it can be scheduled for another day, please contact us today at 303-791-4747.