Author: Sallie S. Hyman, VMD, DACVIM, CVA
Emergencies happen. Being prepared can help you get through them with less stress. Having an emergency kit in your barn and trailer is a good place to start. The kit should contain all of the basic items to get you through the most common emergencies until your veterinarian arrives, if he/she is needed.
Keep your vet’s phone number on a laminated card in you emergency kit so that it is handy. Also keep some human emergency supplies on hand in case you don’t keep a separate human first aid kit. Your kit can be kept in a clean plastic storage box. If you don’t have a lot of room, you can even use a clean water/food bucket. Just use plastic wrap and duct tape to seal the top.
Emergency Kit Supplies:
Flashlight & Extra Batteries
Diapers (to wrap feet)
Povidone-iodine scrub and solution
4 x 4 gauze squares
Non-adherent wound pads
Flexible sticking wrap
Saline wound flush
Triple antibiotic ointment
Water resistant aerosol bandage
Large Animal Digital Thermometer
Instant Cold packs
Ask your veterinarian if she would like you to keep the following supplies. These must be obtained through your veterinarian.
Silver Sulfadiazene ointment
Information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for evaluation by an equine professional. In particular, all horse owners should seek advice and treatment from a licensed veterinarian for their horses’ medical care.