Peninsula Equine Veterinarians





What is an emergency?

If you are at all concerned about yours or any horse’s health please contact us at any time.

Our vets are more than happy to give advice over the phone. Better safe than sorry


What to look for:

  • Horse looking at flanks

  • Kicking belly

  • Pawing ground

  • Sweating

  • Lying down

  • Rolling

  • Not eating

First Aid: remove food, encourage horse to stand but do not force it to walk if it does not want to. If possible, move to a stable with a deep bed


What to look for:

  • Stretching neck

  • Repeated attempts to swallow

  • Saliva

  • Food coming from the nose

  • Distress

First Aid: remove all food and water and try and keep the horse as calm as possible


What to look for: 

Wounds that may require emergency treatment include:

  • that may require emergency treatment include

  • Any wound causing severe lameness

  • A deep wound over a joint

  • Wounds with arterial bleeding (pulsing).

Foaling Difficulties

What to look for: 

Please contact us without delay

  • If the foal’s feet are visible but it has not been born within 7 minutes

  • The mare is straining unproductively for more than 15 minutes 

Breathing Difficulties

What to look for: 

  • You may notice an obvious “heaves line” 

  • Or there may be a noise when the horse breaths in

  • Increased rate or effort of breathing

  • Wheezing

  • Flaring of nostrils

  • Distress

First Aid: Move the horse into an area that facilitates breathing easily, i.e. outside


What to look for:

  • Horse collapsing on exercise

  • Slips or falls down in the stable or field

First Aid: If the horse collapses during exercise, try to loosen tack if possible. If the horse has collapsed on a hard area and is unable to stand, try and support the horse with bedding/rugs

P.O. BOX 325, Somerville, 3912Victoria

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