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Horse First Aid

How to Put Together an Equine First Aid Kit

It's always best to be prepared. A first aid kit for your horse will come in handy in case of an emergency.

Things You’ll Need:

Horse Medications
Thermometers For Large Animals
Easy Boots
Adhesive Compression Bandages
Adhesive Elastic Bandage Tapes
Bandage Scissors
Bee Medications
Gauze Pads
Gauze Wraps
Medications For Spider Bites
Wire Cutters
providine soap (scrub), antibiotics, wound ointment and pet ear cleaners

Step 1:
Include a 3-inch vet wrap, nonstick absorbent pads (telfa), 4-inch elastic gauze, gauze sponges and a bandaging cotton roll.

Step 2:
Add elastic adhesive tape and 2- to 3-inch porous tape.

Step 3:
Keep in the kit a pair of bandage scissors for cutting gauze, as well as pliers and wire cutters for removing foreign objects and cutting away fences your horse may have gotten caught on.

Step 4:
Include providine solution, providine scrub (soap), antibiotics and wound ointment.

Step 5:
Add a stethoscope and a thermometer for large animals.

Step 6:
Throw in a plastic easy boot to protect an injured foot.

Step 7:
Include eye wash, eye ointments and anti-inflammatory medications provided by your veterinarian.

Step 8:
Keep medication for bee stings and spider bites, as prescribed by your veterinarian.

Step 9:
Include phenylbutazone and flunixin meglumine, as prescribed by your veterinarian.

Step 10:
Consult a veterinarian about other specific medications you should keep in your first aid kit, including antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Step 11:
Store your kit at a moderate temperature; drugs may become ineffective if they are stored at very hot or cold temperatures.

Tips & Warnings:

Consider the distance your horse will be traveling to emergency care if needed. The greater the distance, the better prepared you must be for your horse.
If you are traveling to another area, call ahead to get phone numbers and addresses of local equine veterinarians.

Consider carrying a cellular phone.
Periodically replace any used, worn or outdated items.


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