FOR FIRSTAID KIT-Do I really need bute, bag balm, or an electric hair trimmer?

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FOR FIRSTAID KIT-Do I really need bute, bag balm, or an electric hair trimmer?

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    02-15-2010, 03:47 PM
FOR FIRSTAID KIT-Do I really need bute, bag balm, or an electric hair trimmer?

I know you all will say 'of course you need bute!' but hear me out. This one girl told me that I shouldn't have bute because many people abuse it and shouldn't give their horse bute, only prescribers should... I don't know, she said something along the lines of that. She also said pain exists so we stay off the damaged whatever so it can heal and bute just masks it... She got me I need it? When do I use it?

Also, when would I use bag balm? Isn't it the same as coconut oil?

And, an electric hair trimmer to trim the hair around the wound. Do I need that?
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    02-15-2010, 04:30 PM
Out of the 3, I would have bute on hand. Your friend is right, it can be abused, hence you should only give it when the vet says to. But it is good to have when advised by the vet to give it for pain management.

Then you wean the horse off of it before you start riding them again.

I don't use bag balm. Small trimmers are handy to have, especially if your horse gets scratches, to help the legs dry faster.
    02-15-2010, 05:28 PM
Bute I would have on hand because there are times when you need it for things other than lameness such as fever. And even for lameness, we as owners can take responsibility for restricting the horse's movement and give them something for the inflammation which may be as damaging as the initial injury if left untreated.

Bag balm--nope
Electric hair trimmers--not really
    02-15-2010, 05:39 PM
I don't keep bute - Only because my vet isn't far away and I can go there anytime to grab some.

I have clippers anyway - Wouldn't really feel the need to buy them only for first aid though.
    02-15-2010, 06:33 PM
I always keep bute on hand. But my mare is can be tender footed in the winter. If you're inexperienced use it only when a vet perscribes, once you get a feel for your horse you may sometimes need to use it even if a vet visit isnt warranted. I would actually have banimine on hand as well. It can help with colic, some vets perscribe it to be administered before they get there. I wouldnt say you need clippers, maybe sissors though. Or small cheep-o pocket clippers (about $25.)
    02-15-2010, 06:48 PM
I feel really dumb asking this but.... what is bute? :S
    02-15-2010, 07:20 PM
Originally Posted by brookelovesparelli    
I feel really dumb asking this but.... what is bute? :S
Bute is a pain reliever for horses. It's like aspirin for us.
    02-15-2010, 07:24 PM
Ahh, I see.
    02-15-2010, 07:36 PM
Bute-yes. Only give it at the vets say so though...they should tell you what dosage to give as well.

Bag balm- meh. You can use other things

Electric clipper- I wouldn't say an electric clipper is NEEDED. Just buy a pack of disposable razors.
    02-15-2010, 08:10 PM
Bute- absolutely. It's an effective inflammation-reducer and is a corner stone to multiple injury recoveries, just make sure you know when it is needed and when it isn't because you will only cause harm if you give it unnecessarily.

Bag balm- not really, but it can be nice to have. I used it when my horse's heel was dry and it worked pretty well. I would say this is something you can buy when the time comes.

Electric clippers- it is a good idea to have something that can cut, but medical scissors are a better choice. 1)they aren't electric. 2) better maneuverability, easier to control. 3)easier maintenance, only need to be sanitized. 4) cost less and take up less space.

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