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The only thing worse than an emergency is not being prepared for it! Every horse owner should have a first-aid kit at the barn. Horses are always getting into stuff, which can mean cuts, bumps, and bruises. Even a basic kit will help you handle the situation until your veterinary can make it out. Here are a few things you shouldn’t be without:
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- Thermometer- A digital or mercury one will work just fine. Be careful and attach a string. It’s important to know whether your horse has a high temperature, especially when deciding if the vet is needed.
- Bandaging Material – Choose a product that is self-adhesive and will easily keep a stable wrap or dressing in place. Bandages like Vetrap come in tons of colors.
- Wound Cleaner- A wound wash such as a Betadine scrub will help rid dirt, bacteria, and any hair or bedding from the cut or puncture. These cleaning items prevent infections from settling in.
- Antiseptic Cream- To ensure the wound heals properly, medicated creams and ointments can be applied directly. They will keep out insects and dirt, while promoting the regrowth of damaged tissue.
- Gauze- Absorbent cotton or materials like gauze sponges go under the bandages. They help to absorb wound drainage and can also be used to clean cuts or apply ointments.