Del Oeste Equine Hospital provides equine emergency services for our clients at all hours, every day. Outside of our business hours, a skilled, on-call veterinarian will respond quickly to your needs, either by phone consultation or traveling to your barn.
Emergency Phone: 541-689-0205
When Should I Call?
If you’re concerned, it’s best simply to call us. Over the phone, the doctor will evaluate and advise you on the seriousness of the issue. You’ll know whether your horse has a problem that must be addressed immediately, or if it’s something that can wait.
Do call us immediately whenever you see any of these symptoms:
- Colic – Your horse is grimacing, shows no interest in food, ears pinned back, possibly pawing at the ground, looking at its side, possibly stretching like a dog, rolling on the ground or throwing itself violently to the ground.
- Choke – Your horse is distressed and food or saliva is dripping from its nose.
- Dystocia – Your mare is having trouble foaling.
- Retained placenta — More than three hours.
- Mare rejects her new foal, or foal isn’t able to nurse within three hours.
- High Fevers (over 103ºF)
- Severe bleeding
- Wounds — Punctures, large wounds, wounds over joints, or wounds showing exposed bone.
- Cuts that may require stitches — The wound must be stitched within 8 hours for the sutures to hold.
- Eye injuries — Cuts, watering, swelling, holding the eye closed.
- Labored breathing
- Non-weight bearing lameness or difficulty walking.
- Difficulty standing or lack of coordination.