Building Your First Aid Kit

As a responsible horse owner, ensuring the health and well-being of your equine companion should be a top priority. Accidents and emergencies can happen at any time, and being prepared with a well-stocked horse first aid kit can make a significant difference in providing immediate care and comfort to your beloved horse. In this article, we will discuss the essential items that every horse owner should have in their equine first aid kit. 

Wound Care
- Sterile gauze and rolls
- Non-stick bandages 
Saline solution 
- Spray bottle and seringes for wound flushing
- Elastic bandages (vetwrap)
- Bandage scissors
- Wound ointment

Medications and supplements
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAID) like phenylbutazone, or often called "bute". You cant get this medication from  your veterinarian. 
- Electrolytes paste to treat dehydration 

Other equipement to have
- Digital thermomether
- Vaseline
- Leg wraps
- Poultice
- Liniment
- Several seringes to administer medications
- Nitrile gloves
- Antibacterial soap (dermatitis and minor skin problems)
- Tweezers and tick tweezers (if you are in a region with lots of ticks)
- Alcohol to disinfect (instruments)
- Duct tape 

Emergency Contact Information
Always keep a list of important contact numbers, including your regular veterinarian, nearby equine clinics, farrier and emergency contacts. In times of crisis, easy access to this information can be invaluable.

We suggest you regularly check your kit for expired items and restock as needed. Additionally, take the time to familiarize yourself with basic equine first aid principles to enhance your knowledge and confidence in managing emergencies. Remember, while a first aid kit can provide initial assistance, always seek professional veterinary care for serious injuries or illnesses. Being prepared and acting swiftly can make a significant difference in the well-being and recovery of your equine companion.


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