Equine First Aid Medical Bag Checklist

My mother always told me, “Horses are accidents waiting to happen.” I find that this is especially true on a weekend…away from home…with no veterinarian around.First Aid Checklist for Horses (4)

Between my 30 years and my mother’s 50 years of horse ownership, we’ve put together a very comprehensive medical bag. My bag stays in my horse trailer at all times and has come in very handy in true emergencies.

It’s in no-way a substitute for veterinary care, but I have used it many times to triage an animal until the owner can get to a veterinarian for further diagnostics and treatment.

First Aid Checklist

  • Bandage Material – Gauze pads, Vetrap, Elasticon Tape, Waterproof Tape
  • Ointments – Nitrofurazone, Corona, SSD Cream (Silver Sulfadiazine Cream)Rx
  • Gloves
  • Polos Wraps – Used
  • Epsom Salt Poultice
  • Thermometer
  • Needles of different sizes – 18g, 20g
  • Syringes of different sizes – 60cc, 10cc, 3cc
  • Alcohol Prep Pads
  • Dust On – helps stop bleeding and decreases likelihood of proud flesh
  • Confidence EQ
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Suture Material – 4-0, 3-0
  • Suture Scissors
  • Staple Gun
  • Staple Remover
  • Wire Cutters
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • LRS / Sterile Saline
  • Chlorhexidine Solution or Scrub
  • Underwoods
  • Providone 10%
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  • NFZ Puffer
  • Blood Stop Powder
  • Cotton Roll
  • Pink Lady
  • AspirEze Gel or ApirEze Granules
  • Electro-Boost Gel
  • Immediate Response
  • Horse Shaver
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Vetericyn Wound & Skin Gel
  • Vetericyn Eye Wash
  • Vetericyn Ophthalmic Gel
  • Activated Clay Gel

Medicines

  • First Aid Checklist for Horses (2)B12 Injectable / High Level B Complex
  • Magnalax
  • Banamine (Rx Only)
  • Dexamethasone (Rx Only)
  • Lidocaine (Rx Only) – Only need if suturing
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Dormosedan (Rx Only)

This is what I have in my trailer medicine bag right at this moment:

Gloves, Thermometer, Needles, Syringes, Alcohol, Roll Gauze, Vetrap, Elasticon Tape, Waterproof Tape, Furazone, Dust On, Confidence EQ, Bandage Scissors, Suture Material, Suture Scissors, Staple Gun, Wire Cutters, Needle Nose Pliers, Staple Remover, LRS, Chlorhexidine Solution, B12, Electrolyte Paste, Banamine/Bute, Dexamethasone (Rx), Lidocaine (Rx), Diphenhydramine Tablets, Dormosedan (Rx), Hoof Pick, Horse Shafer, AspirEze Gel & AspirEze Granules Blood Stop Powder, Cotton Roll, Vetericyn Wound & Skin Gel, Vetericyn Eye Wash, Vetericyn Ophthalmic Gel, Immediate Response, Electro-Boost Gel, & Providone 10%.

Post written by Mea Allen, RVT and Durvet Customer Service Representative

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