Diagnoses: Some horses will require hospitalization overnight to undergo certain diagnostic procedures. These procedures generally include those for which the horse needs to be fully anesthetized, such as MRI and CT scans, among others.
Acute injury or sudden severe illness: If your horse is injured suddenly or becomes very sick without warning, you may need to take them to the emergency veterinarian. They may also require a trip to our equine hospital, depending on the severity of the condition. These situations vary greatly from horse to horse and depending on the cause of the problem as well.
High-risk pregnancy: Some mares may be high-risk pregnancies. If this is true of your mare, she may need to be hospitalized for the delivery of the foal and may also require hospitalization for a portion of the pregnancy itself. Our veterinarians will be able to give you more information about the specific needs of your mare.
Dehydration: If a horse is severely dehydrated, they will need IV fluids. Since horses require such a high volume of fluids in order to stay healthy or get back to normal health after becoming dehydrated, it’s usually a good idea for them to stay in an equine hospital throughout the process.
Although every equine hospital is slightly different, this section can give you a quick rundown of what to expect when your horse needs to be hospitalized for any length of time.
Mass Equine hospital staff will contact you with an update at least once a day. You may always call our hospital staff at any time for updates even when it isn’t your scheduled time of day to receive a call. Just remember that it may take our staff a little while to get back to you, depending on how busy they are at the time.
Mass Equine hospital staff will call you with any changes as soon as they occur, regardless of the time. Our staff will always make sure you are well aware of everything going on with your horse, whether it is good or bad.
Owners may visit horses during visitation hours.
Horses are carefully watched and vital signs are monitored at all times. Mass Equine hospital staff understand what to look for in horse vitals and know how to respond if something goes wrong. There will always be a Mass Equine staff member available to help your horse if anything occurs with their vital signs while they are in our equine hospital.
Mass Equine staff members are highly trained medical professionals in the field of equine medicine, and they will regularly check your horse during rounds. Staff members will update you with any information they find and make changes to your horse’s treatment as needed, with your permission. Our team will also work closely with your regular veterinarian to make sure your horse is receiving the right type of care to meet its needs.
Mass Equine hospitals are very professional and will ensure your horse is cared for as well as possible. Our team will also keep your horse comfortable and may even provide some paddock time, supervised by a well-trained staff member, for horses who are well enough to go outdoors.