What To Have In Your First Aid Kit
All horse owners should have supplies available for emergencies. Here is a list of a few things that every owner should have on hand.
For taking temperature:
- Thermometer - we recommend a digital thermometer, which can be purchased at any drug or grocery store
- KY Jelly or Vaseline (spit works in a pinch)
For taking heart rate/respiratory rate:
- Povidone - Iodine (Betadine) or Chlorhexidine Scrub
- Povidone - Iodine or Chlorhexidine Solution
- Nolvasan Ointment
- 3 X 3 gauze
- Bandages: standing wraps & cotton quilts
- Cold pack
For sole abscesses:
- Epsom salt
- Duct tape
- Baby diapers
For hot, humid days and hard work:
- Electrolytes - the first ingredient should be a salt (i.e. sodium chloride, etc), not a sugar (i.e. glucose, sucrose, fructose). Administer as directed on the label (however, some horses will not drink water mixed with electrolytes – always provide fresh water as well)
Medications: Only use with veterinary supervision. If you have these medications on hand, please call 804.333.0333 prior to administering.
- Phenylbutazone (Bute): for pain, fever, and swelling*
- Banamine: for pain, fever and swelling*
- Penicillin/SMZ TMP: antibiotics for infection
- Triple antibiotic ophthalmic ointment
Please call immediately if your horse has an injury or illness. We would rather spend time helping you through a minor problem than allow things to get out of hand. Please call with any questions at all 804.333.0333!
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Dover Equine Veterinary
P.O. Box 246 | Aylett, VA 23009
804.333.0333 | 804.769.2433