Emergency Services for Large Animals

Maury County Veterinary Hospital vets provide large animal emergency care for established and committed clients during our clinic hours and our vets are on-call during evenings and weekends for on-farm emergencies.

(931) 388-4750

Mobile Emergency Units

Our team uses 3 fully-equipped mobile veterinary health units for on-site and farm-call veterinary care. Each unit is fitted with a range of technologies, equipment and supplies to help our vets provide medical care to large animals, including equine and farm animal patients in routine and critical care situations.  

These mobile units also feature refrigeration for the safe transport of medicines, vaccines, tissues and serum samples that require refrigeration.

For emergency services during our regular hospital hours, you are welcome to bring your large animal into our facility for care.


Our on-call after-hours veterinary care is only available for animals or herds that are already patients of ours. 

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Large Animal Emergency Services, Columbia Vets

Managing An Emergency

When your horse or other large animal is experiencing an emergency, it's critical that you act both quickly and calmly. Review the information below so that you are prepared if an emergency occurs.

If the veterinary emergency you are experiencing is for a small animal like a cat, or dog, find information about our services for small animal emergencies below. We offer separate kinds of emergency services for large and small animals.

Emergency Care for Cats & Dogs

Steps To Take In A Large Animal Emergency

If your large animal is experiencing a veterinary emergency, try to follow the steps below.

  • Stay Safe - Keep yourself safe at all times. You will not be able to help your animal if you become injured.
  • Try to Keep Your Animal Calm - For your animal to feel calm and reassured it is essential for the people around your horse to also remain calm.
  • Move Your Animal to a Safe Area - Move your farm animal or horse to an area where they are unlike to cause further harm to themselves.
  • Get Help from Others at Your Barn - Delegate responsibilities such as calling the vet, holding the animal and bringing the first-aid kit.
  • Call Your Veterinarian as Soon as Possible - Provide detailed information about your animal's condition, including vital signs. Your vet will decide how to proceed based on the information you provide.
  • Do Not Administer Drugs - Do not administer any drugs, including tranquilizers or sedatives, without explicit instructions from your vet.

Emergency FAQs

Even if you've been our client for years if this is the first time you have contacted us for an emergency for your large animal, you are bound to have questions.

Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about emergency appointments with our Maury County Veterinary Hospital vets. 

  • How do I book an emergency appointment?

    Maury County Veterinary Hospital provides on-call 24/7 mobile emergency care for large animals in Columbia, communities across Maury County and beyond. We also handle large animal emergencies at our veterinary hospital in Columbia during our regular business hours.

    Please Note: Our mobile emergency service and after-hours veterinary care service is only available for existing clients of Maury County Veterinary Hospital.  

    If your animal is experiencing a health emergency, call us straight away. A member of our veterinary staff will take your call during our regular business hours and arrange for one of our emergency vets to see your animal either at our state-of-the-art facility or at your location.

    For after-hours, holiday and weekend emergency equine care, call our Columbia veterinary hospital immediately. Your call will be answered by an after-hours service and you will be transferred to our on-call veterinarian. 

  • I am not an existing client. Where can I find large animal emergency services?

    For equine emergencies, please contact: 

    Tennessee Equine Hospital Main

    Call: (615) 591-1232
    Address: 1508 Thompson's Station Road West, Thompson's Station, TN 37179
    Hours: Available 24/7 for Emergency Cases

    For large animal emergencies, please contact: 

    TennSouth Veterinary Services

    Call: (931) 359-7393
    Address: 2043 TN-64, Lewisburg, TN 37091
    Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm, Saturday: 8 am – 12 pm

  • When is your veterinary clinic open?

    Our vets are available for on-call emergencies 24/7 thanks to our mobile veterinary units. Our after-hours veterinary services are only available to current clients.

    Large animal emergency services are also available at our hospital during our regular business hours:

    • Monday: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm
    • Tuesday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
    • Wednesday: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm
    • Thursday: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm
    • Friday: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm
    • Saturday: 07:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • Sunday: Closed
     

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

    Physical injuries are relatively common in horses, including sports injuries and the results of curiosity gone awry. Other farm animals, likewise, may get themselves into trouble and sustain serious injuries. Physical injuries should always be seen by one of our veterinarians to help prevent injuries from growing more severe or becoming infected. 

    Signs of gastrointestinal pain (often referred to as colic) can be an indication of anything from constipation to extremely serious intestinal twists or displacements. If one of your large animals is showing any of the following symptoms call us right away for emergency care:

    • Pawing at the ground
    • Looking at their flank
    • Kicking at their side
    • Raising of the upper lip
    • Lying down, rolling
    • Sweating

    Other emergencies include:

    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Eye injuries
    • Heatstroke
    • Fever
    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Fractured bones or severe lameness
    • Seizures
    • Pregnancy problems
    • Foaling difficulties
    • Refusal to eat or drink
    • Overall dullness
    • Diarrhea
    • Sports injuries (joint/tendon injury)
    • Stiff movement or refusal to move
    • Pale gums
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Our Columbia animal hospital is just like a human doctor's office—our caseload is always unpredictable. Call us as soon as possible if your animal is experiencing a medical emergency and we will do everything we can to have one of our skilled veterinarians see your horse as quickly as possible. 

  • What happens if my horse needs to stay in the hospital?

    Certain veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. If your large animal needs to be hospitalized, our vets will determine the best option for overnight care. In some cases, your horse may be referred to a different location.

  • What other animals can you provide emergency care for?

    At Maury County Veterinary Hospital, we do not provide mobile emergency services for companions other than large animals, however, we can take care of the emergency needs of cats and dogs in our clinic during our regular clinic hours.   Emergency Care for Cats & Dogs

    Under extreme circumstances, we will help other farm animals who are experiencing signs or symptoms of an emergency.   Contact Us

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