Examples of Urgent Emergencies:

  • Non-weight bearing lameness
  • Eye related problems
  • Colic
  • Broken bones
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Horse trapped in stall, trailer, or fence
  • Mare in labor unable to deliver the foal

Examples of Emergencies that should be seen in the same day:

  • Mild colic that does not resolve in 30-45 minutes
  • All eye related problem
  • Sudden loss of coordination or balance
  • Lacerations or trauma
  • Weak foal that is unable to nurse
  • Choke (saliva coming from the nose)
  • High fever with inappetence
  • Dull horse with inappetence
  • Retained placenta (more than 3 hours)

Have the following ready BEFORE you call our office:

  • Referring Veterinarian’s contact information (if applicable)
  • Owner’s name, address, phone number, and credit card information
  • Name, age, breed, and sex of the horse
  • Street address of farm where the horse is located & be prepared to give directions
  • Description of the problem
  • Insurance company name and phone number (if applicable)
  • Paper and pencil to write down instructions

If you have an emergency, STAY CALM and call the hospital 781-585-2611. If you get a recording, leave a message in the emergency mailbox that includes a phone number where you can be reached. Stay by the phone and keep the telephone line free. Your call will be returned promptly.

*If you do not hear back from a doctor in 20 minutes, please call back, as they may be involved in another emergency or may not have received the emergency page.