Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center

Emergency Care

Alamo Pintado fulfills an essential role in the Central Coast as a fully staffed emergency referral center. We are able to receive and treat cases on an emergency basis 24 hours a day every day of the year. We believe that this provides horse owners with an invaluable and essential service, and are proud in the quality of the attention our patients receive when they arrive at our gates.

Our team of veterinarians and staff go on standby as soon as the call comes in for an emergency. Our field veterinarians are ready to attend to any emergencies within our local practice radius day or night. They each have a fully equipped vehicle capable of handling most of the emergency field calls in the Santa Ynez Valley. Should the case require more involved care or hospitalization, our in-house veterinarians and staff are always ready to receive any referral emergencies from the farthest reaches of our state and beyond. The scope of the emergency caseload that we receive and process varies from horses requiring minimal observation, to neonatal emergencies, to severe surgical colics, to catastrophic long bone fractures.

Our Intensive Care Stalls are located on the main hospital building and feature oxygen ports, 24-hour video surveillance, facilities to administer fluids and are climate controlled for the comfort of our patients. These stalls can also be easily converted to accommodate mare and foals should they require our highest level of monitoring. When we have a patient under ICU care, they receive constant monitoring day or night by our staff of veterinarians and animal health technicians. We have immediate access to a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic options including CBC, blood gas analysis, abdominal, cardiac and thoracic ultrasonography, radiology, basic microbiology and a fully equipped pharmacy that allows us to select the appropriate therapy immediately and without delay.

Alamo Pintado developed an equine emergency ambulance trailer over ten years ago. This specially designed trailer allows for a more efficient and humane transport of injured horses while allowing the immediate delivery of medical care by the staff veterinarian on board. To read more about the equine ambulance, please click here.

Our caring staff understands that a sudden and unexpected emergency can have a profound emotional effect on the horse owner. Our goal is to provide the best and most effective medical treatment in a humane and compassionate way while at the same time soothing the anxiety and confusion that often afflict the owner. Our clients can rest assured that should their horse experience the unpleasantness of an emergency, the crew at Alamo Pintado will be ready to make them a priority and resolve the emergency in a compassionate and efficient manner.