Emergency

Oakhurst Equine is available for emergencies any time of the day or night; we can come to your farm or you can haul in to our facility. Call 503-554-0227, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Common emergencies include but are not limited to:

Colic

Not eating? Rolling or pawing? Not passing manure? Stretching to urinate? Looking at sides or kicking belly? These are all signs of colic; the earlier a horse with colic is seen, the better. Call right away.


Eyes

Swollen, closed, and watery eyes or a lacerated eyelid should always be considered an emergency.


Non Weight Bearing Lameness

May be as simple as an abscess or as severe as a bone fracture. 


Laminitis

Increased digital pulses, rocking back, and reluctance to walk forward are all signs of laminitis. 


Lacerations and punctures

Large deep cuts or even a tiny puncture over a joint should be seen as quickly as possible. Nail punctures should be assessed immediately. If the nail is already fully in the hoof, leave in place. If only partially in, remove but mark where the nail entered the hoof.  


Diarrhea

Severe profuse watery diarrhea is a definite emergency, especially in combination with a fever. 


Retained Placenta

Please call if your mare has not passed her placenta within three hours of foaling.  Horses can become toxic, develop laminitis and founder if treatment is not initiated and the placenta removed within six hours. 


Fever

A temperature over 101.5 in an adult or 102 in a foal is considered a fever. We recommend taking your horse's temperature regularly to know what is normal for them and to quickly be aware of a problem if a fever is detected.