A choke emergency with a good end and a poorly-timed complication.
You can spend a pretty penny buying ready-to-go kits. A quick google search will show you that kits range anywhere from $75 to $1,000. I put together a list of supplies that I would recommend for a fairly comprehensive emergency kit.
While 90% of the colics I see are simple gas colics…the past 2 weeks have really thrown a statistical curve ball.
Part of being an equine veterinarian is being on-call for emergencies. Unique to large animal vets, on-call can be 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the solo practitioner. After a day full of ERs, two calls in particular, left me pondering OC and all that it encompasses.
Some clients will call the vet out for minor wounds, while others seem to call for only very critical circumstances. And some, you just never know what to expect. This post is an example of the latter, a serious wound sustained in the field. GRAPHIC IMAGES ARE IN THIS POST.
Fractures of the hind limb or pelvis usually carry a grave prognosis for the horse. The young mare we originally saw on emergency, not only had none-weight-bearing lameness, but further examination uncovered a second, equally serious problem…an unusual penetrating wound to the abdomen. Without the option for referral to an equine hospital, the mare’s chances of surviving suddenly drop. As we make efforts to treat her in the field, interesting facts begin to surface surrounding the mysterious penetrating wound injury and the possible events that caused it.