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    01-25-2009, 08:53 PM
Vet kit questions

I'm putting together a kit and have some questions about things.

* What is Iodine used for? I know it cleans wounds, is there another use?

* I know SWAT is used for flies put how do you use it?

* For Desatin it says works well when mixed with SWAT, so then what is it used for?

* Bot knife....I know it removes bot fly eggs but how do you remove them?

* Bute.....I know what its used for will my vet give me it if I just ask for it? Or does something need to be wrong for them to give it to me? Just to have it on hand in case!

* For the hydrogen peroxide being bad to use what should you use instead?

* How much vet wrap is good to have?

* What is a good powder electrolyte?
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    01-25-2009, 09:12 PM
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Omigosh. I typed up a huge resonse and then somehow got linked to a petmed ad.

Swat can go right on a superficial cut. You can use Betadine instead of Hydrogen Peroxide. I'd keep about 2 vet wraps around. And some type of gauze. You could probably keep some furasone (don't know how to spell it) around as well. Some wonder dust might be nice to have too...

You can get both bute and banamine from your vet. Depending on the vet the costs will differ... seems like mine were about $30 a tube... I like to keep one banamine shot too... and my old vet actually gave me some ace as well.. just a couple shots when I was changing Beauty's banadages... hope that was somewhat helpful.
    01-25-2009, 09:18 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
You could probably keep some furasone (don't know how to spell it)
I think it's furazone. But it can also be called furacin. That's what mine is. It works great for cuts of all sizes.

Bot knife - I'm pretty sure you just scrape the eggs off with the side of the knife. I've never used a knife before though. I use a bot block. It looks like a pumice stone and you rub it on their legs or wherever and it scraps off the eggs.
    01-25-2009, 09:39 PM
Thanks you both were helpful!

A lot of things I see on the list and what others posted are the same things but different names and such so how do I know which is better? Hmm I'm so confused!!
    01-26-2009, 11:16 PM
1. Vet's phone number
2. List of your horse's normal vitals
3. Thermometer
4. Stethoscope
5. Betadine or chlorhexidine solution or scrub---for cleaning wounds, initial treatment of skin issues, disinfecting items
6. Triple antibiotic ointment---the best choice for most wounds. Furacin is no longer in my first aid kit because we know that it actually slows healing and can promote proud flesh. No caustic powders, sprays, etc either because most of them will slow healing.
7. Diapers for hoof wraps, bandaging woulds that are bleeding alot, etc
8. Sheet cotton for leg wraps
9. Roll gauze--again for leg bandages
10. Non-stick wound pads (telfa's)
11. Duct tape---for hoof bandages and many other uses
12. Vetwrap
13. Polo wraps
14. Bute---for wounds, fever, lameness issues
15 Banamine--for colic but only after taking horse's vitals and contacting the vet.
16. Sterile saline for flushing eyes or wounds---the big bottles that contact user's keep for cleaning lenses
17. Epsom salts--for soaking feet
18. Hoof knife and hoof pick
19. Clean bucket
20. Halter and lead
21. An old pair of hose/tights for helping to bandage legs (cut them at the top and cut off the foot and they make nice slip on bandages to go over things like telfa pads to help hold them in place.

That's all I can think of right off.
    01-28-2009, 02:43 PM
Ok so where does everyone buy all their materials for the vet kit?
    01-28-2009, 06:52 PM
Through any veterinary supply store, feed store, etc.
And the drugs from your vet.
    01-29-2009, 01:04 PM
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I think (country supply) is a pretty cheap place to get things.. Alot of times the local feed stores and tack shops will be high on price. You can also try and

As Ryle said, the bute and banamine will have to come from your vet....

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