Emergency Vet Albuquerque

Santa Sofia Equine is Albuquerque’s trusted emergency veterinary practice for equine healthcare. Dr. Estrada’s years of specialized training, education and international experience have made him a reliable resource for horse owners in need of emergency assistance.  

Common Equine Emergencies

Caring for horses requires detailed attention to their health. Horses may suffer from a medical emergency without displaying the extent of their pain. Horse owners should be aware of their horse’s wellbeing and demeanor, because minor changes in behavior or health could be indicative of bigger issues. The following are three common horse conditions that may require emergency care.  

Colic is a symptom that can apply to any gastrointestinal pain. Colicking horses can display symptoms that vary in severity from mild inappetence, pawing, rolling, staring at the flank or dog sitting to profuse sweating , kicking at the belly and unrelenting pain. If you observe your horse displaying signs of stomach discomfort or if he or she has not had a bowel movement in 12 hours, you should have a vet examine your horse. Horses typically defecate between four and thirteen times a day, depending on their diet, level of exercise, and individual differences. Although your horse may only have a mild problem, there’s a chance he or she could be experiencing symptoms of fecal impaction or more severe gastrointestinal problems that could be fatal.

Lacerations can be superficial or deep. The treatment may vary depending on the type of trauma that caused the laceration. The goals of treating a laceration are: to stop bleeding, decrease the risk of infection, suture the skin if possible to decrease wound healing time and potentially avoid further tissue damage. In cases of extensive or deep wounds and profuse bleeding a veterinarian should be called immediately.