We use the concept of clinical urgency to group patients into three categories.
If you are experiencing a level 1 emergency, please call 03-5977-5250

Tweedie & Associates offers an after hours emergency service 7 days per week.

If the veterinarian on call is attending another horse, you may be required to leave a voicemail message. Please stay by the phone and keep the line clear. A veterinarian will return your call within 20 minutes.

If you are unsure whether your horses’ condition constitutes an emergency it may be helpful to consider the concept of clinical urgency. Clinical urgency refers to the need for time critical intervention.

At Tweedie & Associates, we use the concept of clinical urgency to group patients into three categories: Level 1; Level 2; Level 3.

Please call (03) 5977 5250 immediately if:

  • Colic pain that is moderate to violent and continuous.
  • A horse that is recumbent and unable/unwilling to stand.
  • A horse with a fractured limb.
  • A horse that is non-weight bearing lame in one or more legs in conjunction with a wound and/or visible distress (sweating, shaking).
  • A horse with a wound that requires stitching.
  • A horse with diarrhoea.
  • A horse with choke in conjunction with visible distress (sweating, shaking, abnormal head position).
  • Sudden onset of neurological signs – disorientation, staggering, head pressing or sudden onset blindness. Especially if secondary to any type of head trauma.
  • Sudden inability to breathe normally.
  • Punctured eye.
  • Continuous bleeding. For example, continuous bleeding from mouth, nostrils, rectum or from a wound.

Please call (03) 5977 5250 and arrange to have your horse seen within a few hours if:

  • The normal rectal temperature for a horse is between 37.5 and 38.5. An elevated rectal temperature combined with vague signs of ill health (lethargy, inappetance, reduced production of droppings) warrants a veterinary consultation.
  • Colic pain that is mild.
  • A Swollen eye, with or without discharge from the eye.
  • A discoloured cornea suggestive of damage to the cornea.
  • Acute laminitis
  • Swollen distal (lower) limbs combined with vague signs of ill health.
  • Sudden onset lameness that is weight bearing.
  • Re-occurrence of chronic laminitis.

Please call during office hours to arrange a consultation:

  • Acute or chronic intermittent/slight lameness.
  • Reduced appetite with no other signs of ill health.
  • Nasal discharge with no other signs of respiratory distress or ill health.
  • Coughing with no other signs of respiratory distress or ill health.
  • Pre-purchase examination.