Emergency Equine Veterinarian

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To reach our on-call doctor call our office number 250-764-9888 listen to the prompt and press the “1” button to be connected directly to the vet.

Our veterinarians provide 24-hour emergency care 365 days a year with a preference for our existing clients. Non-client emergencies are handled on a triage and geographical basis.

We ask if you have called multiple veterinarians, you communicate this with the on-call veterinarian. We understand the desire to have the closest vet get to your horse as soon as possible. Once the closest vet has been confirmed, please let the other vets know so they are available for other clients or their personal time.

The majority of our emergency work is colic, fevers, and trauma. Many of these can be handled in the field, however, in situations where more intensive care is needed our hospital is available.

What Constitutes an Equine Emergency?

It is important to know what constitutes an emergency and what can be left to the following day.  If you are unsure, please call.  We can advise you as to whether your horse needs to be seen immediately or even at all.

In general, the following conditions constitute an emergency and require immediate medical attention:

  • Abnormal foaling (please see the discussion on pregnancy and foaling under the “Horse Care” menu)
  • Colic
  • Laminitis (acute founder)
  • Acute onset of severe lameness
  • Excessive bleeding from a wound
  • Most lacerations
  • High fever
  • Sick foals
  • Most eye problems
  • Broken bones

Contact us today at (250) 764-9888 to learn more.