Emergency First Aid Kit

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The following items assembled into an emergency kit will help you handle most situations. Discuss this list with your own veterinarian, he/she may have other suggestions that are appropriate for you and your situation:

  • ROLL COTTON - 2 rolls
  • ROLL GAUZE - 4 rolls
  • GAUZE SQUARES
  • CLEAN STANDING BANDAGES – 2 quilt or fleece with outer wraps
  • ADHESIVE TAPE
  • 24" SECTION OF 6' PVC PIPE - which has been split in half lengthwise - for splinting: check that diameter of pipe fits your Horse.
  • COHESIVE FLIXIBLE BANDAGE - 2 Vetratp® – Co-flex®
  • STICKY ROLL BANDAGE - Elastikon®
  • THERMOMETER
  • STETHOSCOPE
  • MOSQUITO FORCEPS
  • SCISSORS
  • TWITCH
  • ANTISEPTIC SOAP - Betadine®
  • HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
  • ANTIBACTERIAL OINTMENT
  • ANTIBACTERIAL SPRAY POWDER
  • OPHTHALMIC OINTMENT
  • SALINE EYE WASH
  • BUTAZOLIDIN PASTE
  • BANAMINE GRANULES OR PASTE
  • BUCKET
  • WATER 10 gallons or more

All medications should be given at the advice of your veterinarian or the veterinarian treating the condition. IMPROPER USE OF TRANQUILIZERS AND OTHER MEDICATIONS CAN RESULT IN THE LOSS OF YOUR HORSE.

Neva Kittrell Scheve is the author of The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaining, and Servicing a Horse Trailer and Hawkins Guide: Horse Trailering on the Road. She and James Hamilton, DVM, co-authored Hawkins Guide: Equine Emergencies on the Road.