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Critical Care/Hospitalization for Equine

Critical care or hospitalization for equines is available in times of crisis. It is provided when the disease is complex or requires timely intervention. Acute or life-threatening conditions need critical care or hospitalization.

Often, the conditions are time-consuming and intricate and need trained personnel. The care will often take a couple of days, as opposed to hours, and requires several health providers.


Equine Critical Care Units

Veterinarians can provide comprehensive care for ill horses in a critical care unit or hospital. Hospitalization ensures access to different equipment and experienced clinicians. This allows for better care for any condition or illness. Equine hospitalization has become prevalent.

The features available include housing for patients. This is according to the severity and type of illness. They also include a range of equipment. There is diagnostic equipment and equipment for monitoring and treating critical horses.


Proper Diagnosis

Critical care will involve optical diagnosis, and this requires using the right equipment. Having access to a wide range of diagnostic equipment is an important part of this type of care. Hospitalization will help to ensure that accurate diagnosis results in the best treatment.

Evaluation of the patient is a crucial part of this type of care. Studies have shown the benefits of critical care. Prompt and accurate diagnosis can result in more effective and successful treatment.


Optimal Monitoring

Critical care or hospitalization helps ensure optimal monitoring for equine patients. The patients receive continuous attention in the special units. This will allow for better use of available equipment.

Equine patients enjoy the treatment in a centralized unit under a team of care providers. This will result in a shorter duration in the hospital.


Horses That Need Critical Care

Deciding on the equine patients that will enjoy this care will depend on several factors:

  • The type of trauma or illness.
  • Degree of illness.
  • Availability of facilities.
  • Personnel and client preference.

Critical care helps provide the necessary services for horse patients. It anticipates complications and provides preventive therapy. Moreover, critical care helps provide supportive therapy for the entire body system.


Clinical Procedures

Equine surgeons have the skills to treat ill and injured horses. The board-certified surgeons are available 24 hours every day. They deal with a range of issues. Veterinarians diagnose the horses, and where necessary, surgery is performed. Some of these surgical procedures include internal, soft tissue, and orthopedic surgeries. It could also include advanced fracture repair. This is because orthopedic injuries are common among equine patients.

The surgical specialists use advanced orthopedic techniques to repair fractures. Other clinical procedures are anesthesia and pain management. Anesthesia clinicians help to determine the best pain management solution for each patient.

Conditions that can be treated in the critical care units include:

  • Acute respiratory conditions.
  • Choking.
  • Colitis.
  • Eye or head trauma.
  • Snake bites.
  • Neonatal emergencies.

Critical care and hospitalization ensure that equine patients get the best treatment possible.

For more on critical care, come to South Willamette Veterinary Clinic. You can visit our office in Creswell, Oregon, or call 541-313-3352 to talk to us.


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