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Making a Vet Kit

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    10-16-2009, 04:59 PM
This might have already been mentioned, but Bag Balm works great for scrapes. It lubricates the skin and helps hair grow back more quickly. I've used it for years.
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    10-25-2009, 05:37 PM
I've read all the posts but I didn't see any sterile saline solution. It could come in very handy to clean eyes (even though the vet should always see a horse with an eye problem).
Great thread!
    10-27-2009, 03:47 AM
I bathed my horse in it for a nice coat, but they say (among other uses) you can use it as:

*Fly Spray: A great tried, tested and true recipe for ACV fly spray is mixing equal parts water, ACV and Avon Skin-So-Soft. Black tea has also been mixed in with success. This fly spray is safe and gentle for your horses, children and yourself. You'll find that your horse's coat is softer than ever!

*Topically: ACV helps to reduce swelling. Take care not to put in an open wound. It also has antifungal properties and can be used to treat ringworm.

*Thrush Buster: Spray ACV on your horse's soles and frog to prevent or treat thrush. P.S. As far as I know, air will kill the bacteria so don't use bleach for thrush! It does more damage!

This stuff really is awesome...
    11-12-2009, 12:17 PM
There are a few things I would add to the list, standing wraps and quilts. They work great for a horse that is on stall rest and is prone to getting stocked up. I also use them for older horses when shipping long distances. Lots of good bright flashlights and battery powered lanterns. We would all like to do all doctoring in a nice well light clean barn but that is not always possible. Also, make sure you have different forms of the bute and banamine. I keep both the paste and powder form of bute. The injectable and paste form of banamine. I have a horse who does not take pastes well and one who does not eat the powder unless I drench it in molasseses. Oh, and that is another thing you should have molasses, works great for encouraging a horse to eat meds. I also, keep a couple different antibiotics on hand, Penicillin, gentamicin, and SMZ's. Also, keep a locked fridge in the tack room. A small dorm style one works fine, penicillin must be refrigerated and it is nice to be able to put the drugs right into a barn fridge if something that your vet prescribes need refrigeration. Lockable because somethings are narcotics and people will steal them. I also keep the banamine and bute in a locked container. Also, if you are at a boarding barn, you don't just want anyone to start injecting horse even if they think they are doing the right thing.

And yes my vets number is on speed dial, likewise is my friend who works as a tech for him. I encourage you to find a good vet who you are comfortable talking to and will answer all your questions. I have a number of other vets on my phone too in case my vet is out of town. I have them listed in order of who I like the most. Unfortunately, the night my mare got hurt I had to call vet number 3, as my vet was up at a horse show hours away, but I sure was glad that I had his number. Vet number three is cheaper then my vet but not worth the money that you save.

About the whole hydrogen peroxide thing. I do not use it on wounds anymore, but I do keep a big bottle around to help clean areas around the wound. For example my mare has a wound 'above her hind leg' (to put it delicately) and now she is draining from the wound on to her whole leg. I use the peroxide and the foaming action to clean the drainage gunk off her leg. I already have to spend too much time back there for her taste and I don't want to spend tons of time scrubbing, so the peroxide helps me clean her quickly.

Also know your horse's normals, in other words what is their temp range normally and how quickly does their skin go back when they are hydrated. This way you know what is different for your horse.
    11-14-2009, 11:57 PM
I just bought myself a 6month old filly a couple weeks ago and I've tried to get everything in order for her. It's, unfortunately, has been almost 6 yrs since I've had my own horse in my life. So I have kind of forgotten all of the supplies I need. I have more then enough horse tack, but the kit is one thing I (unfortunately) don't have. Calypso is young and adventurous, and I know there will be a day that I will need some of the things on that list. I have went through all your comments and put a list for my kit together. I do have a couple suggestions for the list though. I have needed to sew my own cuts shut a couple of times. So a wound kit comes in handy (thread, small sewing scissors, curved needle, sanatizer [alchohol]). And if you have a delicate horse that gets sun burns or heat rash, Zinc Oxide is GREAT. I grew up with a pure white App/Saddlebred gelding, and he would always burn on his nose and around his eyes. It's thick and keeps the flies away. Using a little bit on the fair areas (don't rub in completely, apply so whole area is white) and a fly mask is great for reducing a sunburn.
    02-05-2010, 10:11 AM
I always have some rubber gloves on hand, I also have a small flashlight because our barn doesnt have very good lighting and its nice to see the wound clearly. I have bell boots for hoof injuries, vegetable oil for colic, and other odd things
    02-05-2010, 02:29 PM
My sis' horses started getting thrush in the winter. I'm really 'anal' about feet, so was out there picking andx cleaning daily...but when it gets mucky...well thrush runs rampant! We started using betadine solution, which was OK, but then started using a bleach & water solution that worked wonders! Thrush was gone within a week, and a once in a while spray during winter kept it gone!
The only problem with using bleach is that it eats up spray bottles quickly (the sprayer doesn't work) so mix it up, pour it in a spray bottle to use, RINSE spray bottle afterward, or just stock up on the bottles at the 99 cent store...
    02-05-2010, 02:43 PM
A sedative.

We had a llama break his neck. He was in pain till we could get someone out to put him down. I really really wished I had some ace or something for him.
    02-11-2010, 06:48 PM
Just a few other things...
1. emergency 911 paste (can give it to your horse after you call the vet and they are showing signs of collic)
2.Stethescope (only costs $10-15)
3.small flashlight(for checking pupil size and eye inguries)

Maxi pads are great too!

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