FIRST AID KIT

TRADITIONAL/CONVENTIONAL FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE EQUINE FIRST AID KIT

  • Thermometer, Mercury or Digital
  • Stethoscope (good quality)
  • Headlight (good quality)
  • Proper Fitting Halter & Lead Rope
  • Latex Gloves (12)
  • Watch or Timepiece with Second Hand

BASIC EQUIPMENT

  • Bandage Scissors
  • Suture Scissors
  • Tweezers or Forceps (smooth jaws)
  • Non-Sterile Gauze – 4″x4″ Squares (1 package)
  • Conform® or Kling® Gauze  4″ (2 rolls)
  • Elastic Adhesive Bandage, (Elasticon®) 3″ (2 rolls)
  • Cohesive Bandage (Vetrap®) 4″ (2 rolls)
  • Non-Adhesive Wound Dressing (Telfa® pads) 3″x4″ (2) & 3″x8″ (2)
  • Povidone Iodine (Betadine®) Solution (4 oz)
  • Antiseptic Scrub, Chlorhexidine or Povidone Iodine (Betadine®) Scrub (4 oz)
  • Sugardine
  • Small Plastic Containers for Mixing or Storage (2)
  • Wound Lavage or Cleaning Bottle, Saline (250 ml)
  • Tongue Depressors (6)
  • Alcohol Wipes (10)
  • Spray Bottle for Water (1)
  • Paper Towels (1 roll)
  • Multi-Purpose Tool, Leatherman® or Equivalent
  • Cotton Lead Rope (3/4″ – 1″ in diameter)
  • Electrolytes (paste or powder)
  • Fly Repellent Ointment (1)
  • Heavy Plastic Bags (2 – gallon & 2 – pint size)

SECONDARY EQUIPMENT

  • Cotton, Rolled Sheets, Leg Cottons (2)
  • Standing Wrap & Quilt or Shipping Boots
  • Easy Boot or Equivalent in Appropriate Size
  • Baby Diapers (2)  (size 4 to 6 depending on hoof size)
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment (1 tube)
  • Extra Halter & Lead Rope
  • Lariat
  • Syringe 35 cc  (1)
  • Syringe 12cc (3)
  • Syringe 3 cc (3)
  • Syringe 3cc with 20gauge needle (3)
  • Syringe – 60 cc cath tip (2)
  • Needles – 18gauge –  x 1.5″ (4)
  • Needles – 20 gauge –  x1.5″ (4)
  • Eye Wash, Saline (1 bottle)
  • Opthalmic Ointment or Drops (1 bottle or tube)
  • Magnesium Sulfate, Epsom Salts (1 package)
  • Duct Tape (1 roll)
  • Clippers with #40 Blade (good quality)
  • Shoe Puller
  • Crease Nail Puller
  • Hoof Pick
  • Hoof Knife
  • Hoof File, Rasp
  • Clinch Cutters
  • Farrier’s Driving Hammer
  • Collapsible Water Bucket
  • Ice Wraps
  • Twitch

MEDICINES

Talk to your veterinarian about dispensing a few medicines that you may use in an emergency.  A veterinarian cannot legally dispense prescription items without a valid Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR).  See AVMA VCPR.  In my practice, I often dispense prescription items to my clients under the condition that they call me first to discuss the situation, before they medicate their horse.  Likewise, these medicines are only of value if you understand their benefits and limitations, and you are able to competently give them to your horse – orally or im (intramuscular injection).

  • Flunixin Meglumine (Banamine®) (injectable or paste)
  • Phenylbutazone, Bute Paste (1)
  • Trimethoprim-Sulfa Tablets SMZ-TMP in small container (75#)

I hope this list is helpful – Dr. Thal 

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CAM FUNDAMENTALS: TO ADD TO THE FUNDAMENTAL KIT ITEMS ABOVE:

  • CALENDULA OIL
  • CALENDULA OINTMENT
  • AUSTRALIAN TEA TREE OIL
  • DISTILLED WATER OR CLEAN SPRING WATER
  • EUPHRASIA EYE RINSE
  • EPSOM SALTS
  • BACH RESCUE REMEDY
  • LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
  • HOMEOPATHICS:  (30c and 200c)  Arnica, Aconite, Thuja, Ledum, Euphrasia, Nux Vomica, Arsenicum, Colocynthis, Calendula, Rhus tox, Hepar Sulph, Ruta Graveolens, Belladonna, Ignatia, Gelsemium, Symphytum   (most of these can be purchased from our SHOP in the HOMEOPATHIC KIT. 

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