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post #171 of 272 Old 09-25-2011, 11:01 PM
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Mad on herbal vet kit

Here's my list for my vet kit-I'm mad on herbs and natural remedies so try and use herbal remedies whereever possible.
Arnica for swelling and bruises
rescue remedy for shock
pepermint for wind
chamomile for protection against colic
Devil's Claw tonic for stiff joints and aching muscles
Horseradish tonic for hayfever
Echinacea for colds and infection
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post #172 of 272 Old 12-05-2011, 06:25 PM
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As a veterinarian, I would say that you should use betadine or nolvasan/chlorhexidine *soap* only on the skin surface & you should use a nolvasan or betadine *solution* on the wound surface itself. Hydrogen peroxide is only good for cleaning blood from a wound - it DOES NOT kill bacteria, therefore it is useless as an actual disinfecting agent. Please, please, please use an actual disinfection product to clean a wound. Also, the solution should be a very light color (ie: add water to dilute) as it will harm healthy cells if it is not used properly. Please contact me if you have further questions! :) THanks!
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post #173 of 272 Old 12-06-2011, 01:15 PM
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Quote: (If you're comfortable with the technique of giving intra-muscular injections, it's useful to keep a couple of injectable medications on hand as well....
That said, two injectables that are extremely useful to have around are Banamine (flunixin megalumine), which can be used to ease the discomfort of colic, and Acepromazine, a tranquilizer...)

Please don't ever use the injectable Banamine as a IntraMuscle shot. This can create severe abscesses in the muscle. It is best used as an IV shot. You can get a tube of Banamine paste from your vet to keep on hand instead. It does not work as quickly, but is safe if you cannot perform an IV injection.
As for Ace, it's not always the best to use on geldings, as it can potentially cause paralysis in the muscles that assist the horse in extending and retracting the penis from the sheath. A safer option is Xylazine. Keep in mind, that an IntraMuscle injection will require a significantly higher dose that an IV injection for the same effect. There is a product on the market now that again, you can get from your vet, that is a paste tranquilizer.
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post #174 of 272 Old 12-06-2011, 11:49 PM
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Because I found out (the hard way!) That Mitch seems to be allergic to bee stings, I have a shot of Dexa...Something 5 (can't read the last two letters) in my vet kit, 2.5mLs. but I have been instructed only to use it if I have called my vet first (she is very familiar with Mitch by now!)

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post #175 of 272 Old 12-07-2011, 11:07 AM
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Dexamethasone is a synthetic corticosteroid that is used for controlling inflammatory and immune responses. It is used in lower doses to treat allergic reactions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), hives, itching, inflammatory diseases including arthritis and to manage and treat immune-mediated hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. You can have very strong negatve side effects (potentially life-threatening) if used inappropriately.
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post #176 of 272 Old 12-08-2011, 12:26 AM
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Dexamethasone is a synthetic corticosteroid that is used for controlling inflammatory and immune responses. It is used in lower doses to treat allergic reactions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), hives, itching, inflammatory diseases including arthritis and to manage and treat immune-mediated hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. You can have very strong negatve side effects (potentially life-threatening) if used inappropriately.
That's the one lol

Re the bold: Hence why I have been instructed to call the vet first, I know how it's injected but would never do it without the permission of my vet

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post #177 of 272 Old 12-08-2011, 11:11 AM
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I wasn't picking on you, just posting the info for others who might not know :o)
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post #178 of 272 Old 12-11-2011, 10:53 PM
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I didn't have time to read all the pages, but a good book to have in a first aid kit is:
Dr.Kellons Guide To First Aid For Horses

I feel so much more prepared now that I have my first aid kit out at the barn! Luckily I haven't had to use it yet though

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post #179 of 272 Old 12-13-2011, 01:56 PM
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Hi! This is my first time trying out a forum, and I am really excited to get a bunch of information! I do not have a horse yet, but I have been waiting long enough. I am finally in the process of getting one, and I want to make sure I have all my bases covered before I do. I have never had a horse, only had friends that have, and I really need all the basics. I have read a lot of books and internet sites and I am in a ridding club here in Colorado. But I want to make sure I get as much info as I can before I go and buy one. So I would appreciate any advice you might have! This list is great information for me. thank you!
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post #180 of 272 Old 12-20-2011, 02:03 PM
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Wow - these are some extensive First Aid box lists!
Mine
2 Pre made Saline solution - made in a sterilised drinks bottle (1teaspoon salt to 1 pint pre boiled water) - great for washing wounds with
Container of salt
Thermometer
Scissors
Cotton wool balls in a sealed container
Animalintex poultice - two plastic plates to squeeze excess moisture out of poultice
Blue stone/Copper Sulphate
Epsom Salts
Hydrogen Peroxide
Gamgee
Disposable Rubber gloves
Two small buckets - sterilised after use and kept in plastic bags
babywipes - to clean my hands
Parafin guaze
Several rolls of vetwrap
Container of 'Active Manuka Honey' for treating cuts
Bottle of Nizoral shampoo - for treating mudfever typ compaints
Kept in a seperate container - for feet
Half an old inner tube - for using as a poultice boot for feet.
Roll of Duct tape
Disposable nappy

I keep the bare essentials in my first aid box and you may notice that it contains no brand type washes, this is because many of the wound cleaners are very aggresive on a horse. Salt is a natural part of the body, is very good at cleansing and will also kep flies off a wound. Place some salt in the palm of your hand, add a drop of saline to it and press on the wound. it will momentarily smart but will pass fast.
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