Always CALL for emergency service.
Monterey Bay / Salinas Area:
Do NOT email, text or use Facebook Messenger in an emergency.
Be sure to provide detailed directions and a phone number where you can be reached.
In an emergency, first and foremost, remain calm.
Before you call your veterinarian, assess your horse’s condition to the best of your abilities.
Find assessment guidelines on our Emergency Horse Care Poster or in our Equine Emergency First Aid Brochure. Learn how to check your horse’s vital signs.
This information will help the veterinarian determine the severity of the condition and be better prepared to provide prompt and efficient treatment upon arrival. Accurate and detailed information will help the veterinarian suggest the best course of action for you. prior to arrival at the horse’s location.
Urgent, emergency and critical care veterinary services are available 24 / 7 / 365 at our hospitals in Salinas and Menlo Park and via our mobile services if transporting your horse is impractical.
Veterinarians are on-site at all times to oversee in-patient horses, and a surgeon and anesthetist are always on-call for emergencies. Our in-house labs can provide results in minutes for critical cases, rather than the overnight waits typical when using outside labs.
Download a PDF of our 12" x 18" Emergency Horse Care Poster to print yourself.
Email us to request a printed poster. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Download a PDF of our Emergency First Aid Brochure to print yourself.
Email us to request a printed brochure. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Email us to request a laminated Stall Info Card. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Are You Prepared?
Stall Info Card
We recommend keeping an equine first aid kit on hand. Minimum suggested contents include:
Digital thermometer (sold for humans) or equine thermometer
Physiological saline (250ml bottle)
Nitrofurazone topical dressing (Fura-Zone)
Chlorhexidine solution (8 oz)
Triple antibiotic (tube)
Aluminum bandage spray (Aluspray)
Cotton combine bandage/disposable leg wrap (RediRoll)
Vetrap bandage (roll)
Brown gauze (roll)
White gauze (roll)
Non-adherent dressings - assorted sizes (Telfa)
We strongly recommend that you post your horse's detailed vital information next to his/her stall, in case of emergency. At your next appointment, ask us for a laminated Stall Info Card or download and print your own.
Equine First Aid Kit
Find more information about emergency and disaster preparedness in the Resources section of our website...