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What basic conditions constitute an emergency situation for your horse?

BLUE FLASHING LIGHT: Immediate call required:

Fractured limb
A collapsed horse that is recumbent and not able to stand
Non-weight bearing lameness paired with distress
Non-weight bearing lameness paired with a wound
Several limb non-weight bearing lameness
Wounds that require stitching– do the edges pull apart, is wound less than 12hrs old?
Colic discomfort that is moderate or violent and/or constant
Diarrhoea that is constant and/or agonizing
Choke where paired with obvious distress
Sudden or severe inability to breathe generally
Punctured or ulcerated eye or unexpected beginning loss of sight
Continuous bleeding from mouth, nostrils, anus, vagina, penis, or an arterial bleed (i.e. you can no longer count the drips).
Sudden start of severe neurological dysfunction, e.g. shocking, disorientation absence of coordination or extensive behaviour modification.
Problems at foaling.
An ill foal, especially if it will not feed from the dam.

TRAFFIC SIGNAL: Calls that are immediate and we suggest that you get in touch with your Equine vet Perth WITHIN A FEW HOURS:.
These conditions require timely attention however can often be managed with prescribed emergency treatment till a veterinarian can see the horse:.

Low grade fever.
Sudden start lameness that is weight bearing.
Distressing injuries and wounds that are shallow, far from vital structures and not compromising important functions.
Moderate colic.
Severe laminitis.
Prospective lymphangitis, i.e. increasingly filled leg and lameness.
Indications of vague disease such as bad hunger, dullness and lowered production of droppings. One exception to this might be donkeys who stop consuming however show minimal other signs yet be experiencing the major metabolic condition understood as hyperlipidaemia. Click here to go to the Donkey sanctuary website.
Flare ups of chronic laminitis.
Flare ups of persistent inflammatory breathing disease.

AMBER: Regular calls on a scheduled basis ought to consist of:.

Intermittent and minor lameness.
Consistent dermatitis (skin problems).
Periodic and slight eye discharge with no indication of pain or reduced vision.
Decreased cravings without any other clinical signs.
Nasal discharge without any fever or difficulty breathing.
Consistent coughing.
Anything else unusual that concerns you regarding your horse, pony or donkey.