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Have Horse First-Aid Kit On Hand

This release from CSU is obviously in reponse to a close-to-home crisis, but it’s relevant at any time. I guess I’m still surprised by the number of people who don’t have a kit in their trailer.

In the wake of the tornadoes that hit northern Colorado last week, and the number of horses that were treated in the field and at the Colorado State University (CSU) vet hospital, CSU veterinarians recommend horse owners keep a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand to prepare for emergencies.

If your horse is injured, call your vet for evaluation and treatment. Until the vet arrives, be prepared to take action with a first-aid kit that includes bandage materials to treat cuts and stop any bleeding. In addition, have pain medications on hand, such as phenylbutazone (bute) or Banamine and make sure your horses are current on their vaccines, especially tetanus. Shock and dehydration are additional concerns during emergencies. Horses that are shaking or severely dehydrated may need intravenous fluids and hospitalization.
Colorado State University release

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