Equine First-Aid Information

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Recommended Items for a Basic Equine First-Aid Kit

Antibacterial wound dressing (water soluble ointment), antiseptic spray or powder

Antiseptic soap or scrub and solution (e.g. Nolvasan, chlorhexadine, Betadine, povidone iodine)

Coolant gel (e.g. Equine Antiheat Formula, Mineral Ice)

Cotton sheet leg wraps, roll or quilted cotton

Gauze roll bandage, flexible 4" and 6" width

Nonadherant pads (e.g. Telfa, Surgipads) - 3" x 4", 5" x 9", sanitary pads may be used if necessary.

Salve such as Bag Balm, Corona, Vaseline

Saline eye wash (+/- Clear Eyes)

Thermometer, heavy duty, ring top with case and clip or digital thermometer

Vetrap or equivalent 4" wide self-adhering outer bandage (+/- specialty bandages e.g. Expandover, Elastikon)

  • Adhesive tape
  • Alcohol
  • Cold packs
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dosing/flushing syringe
  • Duct tape
  • Exam gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Forceps
  • Gauze pads 4" x 4"
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Sterile Gloves
  • Stethoscope
  • Towels/clean cloth
  • Weight tape

Associated Items: pliers, wire cutters, jack knife, hoof pick and knife, clinch cutters and shoe pullers, clippers, blankets (light and heavy), twitch

Prescription items at veterinarian's discretion: penicillin, SMZ/TMP tabs, Buscopan, Banamine, Acepromazine, phenylbutasone tabs or paste, syringes, needles

Equine Normals

Temperature: 99 - 101.5°
Pulse: 28 - 44 per minute
Respiration: 8 - 16 per minute

Physical Exam Assessments By Owner

Stance, posture, attitude, pain, swelling, lameness, temperature of feet, eyes, nose, gums, Capillary refill time = time for color to return to gum after firm thumb pressure is released (1 to 2 sec.), hydration (neck skin pinch test), posture of abdomen, gut sounds, manure, urine, vaginal discharge.


Northeast Pennsylvania Equine Clinic, LLC.

4326 State Route 1001, Thompson, PA 18465
Office: 570.727.2868 Fax: 570.727.2935
Office Hours: M-Th 7:30am-4:30pm, F 8am-4:30pm, Sat by appointment

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