Equine Neonatal ICU

Equine Neonatal ICU Care

Our Services

The Equine Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Ohio State provides expert, state-of-the art care for sick foals at the Galbreath Equine Center.

Service Highlights

  • Board certified internists, board certified surgeons with full ancillary support services
  • 24-hour, personal care of your foal
  • 24-hour immediate access to laboratory services and diagnostic imaging/radiology
  • 24-hour trained technical staff
  • Dedicated facilities

Hours & Location

Please call ahead. 24–hr service: (614) 292-6661; fax: (614) 688-5642

Galbreath Equine Center
601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
Columbus , OH 43210-1089

See map & directions.

When to Refer

Prompt and early referral is the key to success – if in doubt, refer! A mare's conditions can help early identification and intervention: illness during gestation, early lactation, placentitis, premature placental separation, dystocia

Referring Veterinarians: Stabilizing the foal for referral requires the following steps:

  1. Hypothermia prevention
    • Keep foal warm with heated water bottles & blankets
    • Ship in heated vehicle separate from mare
  2. For respiratory support
    • Nasal oxygen if available
  3. For fluid therapy
    • Place IV catheter, administer LRS or 0.9% saline. Add 5% dextrose (100 ml of 50% dextrose solution in 1 liter)
  4. Antibiotics
    • Collect blood culture aseptically before starting antibiotics
    • Administer broad spectrum antibiotics (penicillin and amikacin or gentamacin)
  5. Control of seizures
    • Diazepam at 0.1-0.1 mg/kg IV or IM
    • OR Midazolam at 0.1 mg/kg IV

Common Conditions & Procedures

  • Premature or dysmature: small, floppy ears, fine hair
  • Generalized weakness, loss of suckle
  • Hyperemic membranes, injected sclera, cyanosis
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Abdominal distention

Lab tests in problem foals:

  • IgG<800 mg/dl
  • CBC: leukopenia, toxic neutrophils, left shift
  • Glucose: < 70 mg/dl
  • High creatinine at birth; placental hypoxia


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