Thursday, June 11, 2009

Barn first aid kit

I've recently been thinking of putting together my own first aid kit for horses. In the past I've always depended on the barn to have such things, but the place I board at now doesn't have anything like that.

So when my vet was here on Tuesday, I asked him what I ought to have on hand for emergencies. He gave me two different lists of stuff to have: medications and wound treatment supplies.

Medications:

* Bute
* Banamine
* Colic shot (2 ml Rompun and 2 ml Torbugesic)

The bute he says is primarily for joint type of issues, whereas banamine is for gut and soft tissue pain. Also, he said that banamine can prevent a mild colic from becoming serious. He says both are actually good for about a year to a year and a half past the expiration date, which means that I'll have to replace both of mine in the fall.

The colic shot is something he mixed up for me in a syringe. He says that in case of an emergency colic situation, it will relax the horse and buy us about four hours, just in case he is a couple of hours away or on another emergency call at the time.

The colic shot lasts about 5 years refrigerated, and only about 1 year at room temperature, so obviously it is much better to keep it in the fridge. This poses something of a problem for me, though — if I keep it at home, it's not where it needs to be, and if I keep it in the barn owner's fridge, I may not have access to it if he's away from home. He does have a fridge in his garage, where I would have access to it, but he won't let me put the colic shot in there until he cleans it out — and heaven only knows when that will be. So for now I'm keeping it at home.

Wound care supplies:

* A rubber tourniquet (he suggested a bicycle inner tube, cut into strips)
* Vet Wrap
* Elasticon (like an ace bandage, but sticky)
* Cotton roll/sheeting (for bandages)

Now remember, he was giving me a list of emergency stuff, so he didn't include stuff like betadine or topical ointments. I personally always have betadine for cleaning open wounds, and I have a spray antibacterial called Furall that I like quite a bit. I'll probably also add gauze or another kind of pad to my first aid kit, as well as a supply of clean rags. (You can get a dozen white washcloths at Target for a couple of bucks — perfect for barn use!)

So what is in your first aid kit?

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2 Comments:

At June 11, 2009 at 3:38 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I love a vet who will allow you to stock up on prescriptions. The vets around here will give my neighbor however much she needs because they know she knows what she's doing, but if they don't know you, they won't give you prescriptions unless you need them now. I asked for Bute for Gabbrielle's ear. The vet didn't think she felt anything more than a little sting, but he did give me some. I gave her a couple of doses the first two days and saved the rest for a more serious situation.

 
At June 11, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, he's not just "letting" me -- he's encouraging me to do it! I never thought a vet wouldn't be that way. Makes sense to me to have that for emergencies.

 

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