Emergency First Aid Kit

As recommended by James Hamilton, DVM

The following items assembled into an emergency kit will help you handle most situations. These items are not only for use on the trailer, but are good to have around the barn. Discuss this list with your own veterinarian, he may have other suggestions that are appropriate for you and your situation.

  • ROLL COTTON - 2 rolls
  • ROLL GAUZE - 4 rolls ( 4" or 6")
  • 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 FLEXIBLE BANDAGE - 2 - 4" (Vetrap or Co-flex)
  • STICKY ROLL BANDAGE - Elastikon
  • THERMOMETER
  • STETHOSCOPE
  • MOSQUITO FORCEPS
  • SCISSORS
  • TWITCH
  • ANTISEPTIC SOAP - Betadine etc.
  • HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
  • ANTIBACTERIAL OINTMENT - Nitrofurozone Dressing or Triple Antibiotic
  • ANTIBACTERIAL SPRAY POWDER - Furox Spray
  • OPTHALMIC OINTMENT AND SALINE EYE WASH - Without cortizone or steriods
  • BUTAZOLIDIN PASTE (bute)
  • BANAMINE GRANULES OR PASTE
  • BUCKET
  • WATER - 10 gallons or more
All medications should be given on the advice of your own veterinarian or the veterinarian treating the condition. IMPROPER USE OF TRANQUILIZERS AND OTHER MEDICATION CAN RESULT IN THE LOSS OF YOUR HORSE.

Know normal vital signs and how to take them. More detailed information about first aid treatment, preventing stress and injury, and pre-trip preparation can be found in Hawkins Guide: Equine Emergencies on the Road by James Hamilton, DVM, available through EquiSpirit Trailer Company call toll free 877-575-1771.

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