I can appreciate individuals bouncing ideas off each other. There is hundreds of combined years of experience on forums. I do though feel strongly about calling the vet for serious issues. That being said what constitutes a serious issue. Here's a list of a few I found when doing research on the topic.
- Any injury with profuse bleeding that won't stop.
- Obvious or suspected fractures.
- Any cut or injury that requires stitches
- Sudden lameness, often accompanied by heat and swelling.
- Respiratory distress. Obvious difficulty in breathing, noisy labored breathing.
- Choking. obvious distress and choking, neck stretched out. Saliva
and food particles may exit through nostrils.
- Horse having seizures.
- Watery diarrhea. If left untreated, the horse could become severely dehydrated.
- Any apparent eye injury. Lack of treatment or incorrect treatment could mean loss of vision.
- Learn to recognize the signs of colic. Can range from mild belly ache that will pass on its own to excruciating pain caused by a twisted gut that will require surgery.
- Abnormal vital signs, such as elevated pulse that does not return to normal at rest.
- Temperature over 102 usually indicates an infection or disease process.
- Pulse over 80 beats per minute is considered a sign of trouble in a non-exercising horse.
- Elevated respiration rate in a resting horse can be caused by excitement, pain or infection.
Also it is very important to collect all the necessary information before you call the vet. Those would be:
- Vital signs
- Location of injury if there is on
- A brief description of what happened
This is a great topic and there is so much to take away from it.
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