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 do not charge for telephone calls and 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 situation 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

It is a good idea to have an emergency first aid kit on hand.  We have kits available, along with instructions on how to handle certain situations (see Items for Purchase under the "Horse Care" menu).  Elsewhere on this website (see the How To section under the "Horse Care" menu) are instructions on how to take a horse's vital signs, how to administer oral medication, how to give an intramuscular injection, and how to apply various types of bandages.

Okanagan Equine Veterinary Horse Services is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Central Okanagan. We offer an equine hospital, equine reproduction, breeding and stallion collection plus semen evaluation facility.