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Equine Emergency Medicine


Amelia S. Munsterman

, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC, CVA, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine

Last full review/revision Jul 2019 | Content last modified Aug 2019

Equine emergencies can be challenging for veterinary practitioners and emotionally charged for owners. There is also the inherent possibility of injury to the owner and veterinarian because of the sheer size of the animal and the “fight or flight” reflexes of an injured horse. Problems can be reduced by educating owners about emergency preparedness and first aid procedures. The most common types of equine emergencies are abdominal pain (colic), trauma, lacerations, and acutely ill foals.

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