Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic - Emergency Contact Information
Bell Equine Emergency Contact Information
The reception team is always available to help you during office hours on 01622 813700.
If you have an emergency at any other time, please still call the office on the usual number 01622 813700.
You will then be given 2 options:
Press 1 to have your call diverted directly to our pager service who will contact the duty vet for you.
Press 2 to leave a non-urgent message, which our receptionists will respond to during working hours the following day.
Please stay by the phone and one of our vets will ring you back within 10 minutes. Try to keep the line clear until we contact you. If the vet does not call you within 10 minutes, please call 01622 813700 again and the pager service will contact the vet again.
In the unlikely event that you cannot get through on the usual number, you can dial the direct emergency contact number 01209 823271.
As we are a specialist referral hospital, there is always someone on site. If you are coming directly to the hospital, please ring first as we may be dealing with other emergency cases. The hospital electric security gates are closed from 8pm to 6am and you will need to ring the gate phone (07890 568564) to gain entrance.
For general enquiries and all visits, ring 01622 813700
For hospital appointments and referrals, contact Anna Greensmith on 01622 813700 selecting option 2 for the hospital.
For account queries, contact 01622 813700 selecting option 3 for accounts or contact Jenny Forbes on 01622 816036
Very wet and muddy conditions can cause a variety of problems. Over the last few years, we have had milder winters, which often results in wet and muddy conditions. We have compiled some topical tips on managing your horse in wet weather.
Many yards keep horses stabled due to waterlogged fields, but this can be a big change in routine for your horse. Ensure plenty of fresh water is always available, and if you are concerned your horse is not drinking enough, soak hay and make feeds sloppy to increase their water intake. This can help reduce the risk of impaction colic.
Try to walk your horse out once or twice a day to reduce the chance of stiffness or filled legs.
If you have a field shelter, regularly check for any damage which may make the structure unsafe or unstable.
Flooded, muddy fields are a hazard for horses. Standing in water and deep mud can cause infections and skin irritations on legs and hooves. It is ideal if horses can stand out of the mud or damp, especially if poor drainage is an issue.
Make sure horses that are rugged have their rugs removed regularly to check they are not leaking or rubbing and most importantly, to monitor weight. Also check for any signs of skin conditions which are often predisposed to damp, warm conditions.
Horses living out may require extra forage, especially if parts of their grazing has become flooded. Again, always make sure they have access to fresh, clean water.
If possible, moving horses to higher ground is always advisable.
It is important to monitor your horse's body condition regularly. Over use of rugs, over feeding and prolonged restriction of movement can exacerbate obesity and its many medical consequences.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01622 813700 and speak to one of the team.