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Emergency Equine Care

At Russell Equine Veterinary Service, emergency care is offered to our existing clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your horse is experiencing an emergency, please call us right away at (613) 445-3521.

Signs that your horse is having a health emergency:

The emergencies listed below make up the majority of problems treated by emergency vets. However, if your horse's issue is not on this list and you still think they are in need of immediate medical attention, don't wait. Contact us right away at 613.445.3521.

Broken Limbs

  • This is one of the most common issues treated by equine emergency vets. If your horse breaks a limb, they will need to be treated right away. The same is true of a horse who suddenly becomes lame, especially if the lame leg shows signs of a break such as swelling or heat.


  • Dehydration is a major concern for horses. Horses need about 1 liter of fluid per hour, but those used for work or athletic purposes may need much more. If a horse develops diarrhea, this may cause dehydration very quickly. In the case of dehydration, we will provide fluid therapy to treat your horse.

Ruptured intestine

  • If a horse's intestines have ruptured, we will first take fluid from the abdomen to diagnose this condition and will then work to find the best way to treat the situation. Depending on the horse's individual needs and specific situation, the resulting plan may vary considerably between horses.


  • Horses who develop colic will need fluid removed from the abdomen. This process can be completed via intubation, which is an emergency procedure.

Intestinal blockage

  • Horses may develop intestinal blockages, sometimes related to colic and sometimes not. Blockages cause the abdomen to swell with gas, which can be painful and even dangerous if left untreated.

Blocked trachea

  • Horses may swallow foreign objects or may suffer injuries that cause a blockage in the trachea. If this happens, your horse may require a tracheostomy and a temporary tube inserted into the neck to help them breathe.

If your horse is suffering from any of the above symptoms or is displaying other severe signs of illness visit our facility in Russell, ON immediately. Our veterinary staff is ready to help you and your horse at a moment’s notice. If you have any doubt if your horse is having an emergency, do not hesitate to call us so we can assist you in determining the urgency of your horse's health problem.

Russell Equine Veterinary Service

383 Route 100, Russell, ON, K4R 1E5

(613) 445-3521

Emergency care available for existing clients 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Regular Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:00pm

What to Expect

Since horses are vastly different animals than dogs and cats, they require much different health care. Their biology is different, their needs are different, and it’s important for an emergency vet to be able to manage those differences successfully. The team here at Russell Equine Veterinary Service specializes in providing exceptional care to horses in the Russell, ON area, 24/7.

Depending on your horse's specific problems and medical needs, recommended treatments may include medication, non-invasive therapies, or surgical procedures. We also check vital signs and other conditions that may help to diagnose what’s going on.

If you have any questions about your horse's condition or what to expect during an emergency care visit, please call us at 613.445.3521.