Volume 1, Issue 4
Speaking Equine is brought to you by:Dr. John Canning, DVM
In this Issue:
The horse's natural behavioral traits, the flight-or-fight response, the herd instinct, and its natural curiosity, makes the horse accident-prone. While the most common emergencies are cuts, lacerations, bruises and abrasions, you may also face: colic, foaling difficulties, acute lameness, seizures, and illness. As a horse owner, it is helpful to know how to recognize signs of possible problems, how to safely stabilize your horse, and when to call your veterinarian. The key is to be prepared.
When a horse is cut or bleeding, it's obvious that there is a problem. But in cases of illness, or a more subtle injury, it may not be as apparent. Your first clue may be a change in your horse's behavioral patterns.
A check of your horse's vital signs will help confirm your suspicions. Just as with humans, your horse’s temperature, pulse rate and respiration rate provide key insights to your horse's condition. This is why it's important to know how to obtain and evaluate your horse's vital signs. Understanding what is normal, how to assess your horse's vital signs and when to be concerned is important. Learn more about Vital Signs:
You will find a variation in normal vital signs between horses, in addition, you may find your horse’s vital signs normally vary to some extent, to better understand your horse, take it’s measurements at different times and under different conditions. We have developed an easy to use chart for recording your horse’s vital signs. Vital Signs Chart Keep a copy of the chart in each of your first-aid kits. In an emergency, provide this information and your horse's current conditions to your veterinarian, this will help them provide you better advice on what to do.
No matter the emergency, being prepared is critical. Early preparation saves time, money and possibly your horse. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare: Emergency Preparedness.
It is a good idea to have at least two emergency kits: A kit for the barn and a kit for the trailer. If you do trail rides, you may want a "pack kit" to take with you. First Aid Kit and Utilization
The sight of blood may unnerve you, but maintaining your presence of mind can save your horse's life. The initial steps you take to treat a wound can prevent further damage and speed healing. How you proceed will depend on your individual circumstances, and you must exercise good judgment. Emergency Wound Care for Horses
If in doubt, call your vet! The call may save your horse's life.
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