Emergency and Critical Care

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Emergency and Critical Care

Emergency veterinary services for horses are critical in addressing sudden and severe health issues that may arise, requiring immediate attention and intervention. Equine emergencies can range from colic and acute lameness to traumatic injuries and severe illnesses. In such situations, prompt access to specialized veterinary care is essential to ensure the well-being of the horse. Emergency veterinary services often involve rapid on-site assessments, diagnostic procedures, and immediate treatment measures. Our equine veterinarians are equipped to provide timely medical attention, administer necessary medications, and, if required, stabilize the horse for transport for hospitalization. Offering emergency services is instrumental in mitigating the impact of critical conditions, potentially saving lives and minimizing long-term consequences.

​​​​​​​At Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center, we are always available for any emergency. We are staffed to provide top-notch emergency care with at least three on-call doctors available 24/7 for in-hospital care or in the field for most of our service locations. Wickenburg, Wittman, and other surrounding locations are haul-in after hour emergency locations.

Our doctors are experienced in a variety of emergency situations and will be best able to guide you to the most accurate diagnosis and treatment regimen after an initial assessment of your animal. Our hospital is fully staffed for around-the-clock care providing optimal service to the most intensive cases. We work with many area referring veterinarians to cover emergencies as needed, employing a team approach with your regular veterinarian to provide the best care for your animal. If your horse needs emergency surgery, CVMC is able to provide this care 24/7, as our dedicated surgical suite is attached to our climate-controlled hospital.

Emergencies requiring immediate veterinary attention include (but not limited to):
  • Colic
  • Choke
  • Respiratory distress
  • Acute neurologic disease
  • Non-weight bearing lameness/fractures
  • Lacerations near joints
  • Sick neonates
  • Dystocia/reproductive emergencies
  • Eye problems
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Down/Recumbent horse
  • Laminitis
  • Acute or severe nose bleeds or other types of bleeding
If you have a question about an emergency situation, please call.