What Basic Medical Equipment Does A Stable Need?
In the stable pharmacy for the horse are stored all the remedies that are needed in an emergency for the horse. The pharmacy should be well visible for every stable user in a conspicuous box or cabinet in the stable deposited and always protected from moisture. It is important that the storage is clean, well sorted and immediately to hand, so that in an emergency it is not necessary to search frantically for the necessary care product. In addition, the expiry dates of the medicines and the packaging material must be checked regularly in the stable pharmacy. In addition, bottles and tubes must always be kept tightly closed. The following 10 remedies must not be missing in the stable pharmacy:
means for disinfection
Bites and abrasions are not uncommon in horses. Open wounds should always be thoroughly rinsed and then treated with an antiseptic. In most cases, these wounds are minor and manageable. However, it is extremely important to treat all injuries promptly and professionally. Otherwise, they can develop into major problems afterwards and the health of the affected horse will suffer. Small wounds can usually be treated by the horse itself, but a veterinarian should always be called for larger injuries. In order to guarantee fast first aid in case of emergency, your horse’s first-aid kit must always contain disinfectants. Disinfectant spray and other agents for wounds, for example Betaisadona®, Braunol® and other iodine solutions, are indispensable. This provides both humans and animals with first aid and optimum protection against harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses, as well as promoting wound healing in the long term.
healing and wound ointments
After you have disinfected the wound, scabs form under which the healing process takes place. At this stage, the use of healing and wound ointments is recommended to support wound healing. In addition, the use of such ointments is also advisable for superficial pressure and chafing areas, as these areas require particularly intensive care. In general, sensitive and changing skin areas of all kinds require caring treatment, for example in the case of allergies and sunburns. A distinction is made between ointments for the treatment of dry as opposed to moist skin wounds. Wound healing products from the stable pharmacy include panthenol and zinc ointments. Milking grease with rosemary and no preservatives has proven effective as a protective skin balm, especially for fetlock bends, scars and tail rumps. The mild and high-quality fat cream keeps the skin elastic and protects it from harmful environmental influences. Zinc oxide skin protection ointment spray protects the skin against wound secretions, sweat, urine, water and harmful influences.
pastes and ointments for ligaments, joints, muscles and tendons.
Horses are very sensitive animals and particularly susceptible to injuries in the area of ligaments, joints, muscles and tendons. As an antidote to this, special pastes and ointments have proven helpful. After hard leg work in training and competition, you should apply these remedies regularly to the stressed areas of the body to support the healing process. Regenerating pastes with mineral or clay contain natural ingredients. These include important minerals and trace elements such as aluminum, calcium, iron, potassium and silicon. A relaxing effect can be achieved by adding arnica, chamomile and menthol. Ointments especially for joints and tendons with arnica, eucalyptus oil, menthol and rosemary oil invigorate, refresh and cool. The means also have a beneficial effect on the stressed shoulder and back area and should not be missing as accessories in the horse pharmacy.
colic remedies for emergencies
All riders fear colic in their horses, which can end very badly. If there is even the slightest suspicion of colic, a veterinarian should be contacted immediately. However, until the doctor arrives, it is advisable to give the horse directly a soothing remedy that relieves spasms in the gastrointestinal tract. In this context, the purely herbal remedy Colosan has proven to be useful. It contains bitter fennel, cassia, caraway, flaxseed, sulfur and star anise to alleviate colic. With Colosan, it is essential to pay attention to the specified dosage amount and to administer it via a syringe into the horse’s mouth.
cooling gel for swellings
When clearly visible swellings develop in a horse without an external injury, the use of cooling gel can provide relief. The reactivating agent relaxes and cools ligaments, joints, muscles and tendons after performance and during fatigue. Natural ingredients play an important role here. These include mainly eucalyptus oil, menthol, rosemary oil and thyme oil, which guarantee very good skin compatibility. The cooling gel should be applied to the corresponding parts of the body and then lightly massaged in. An improved long-term effect can be achieved by bandaging the swollen areas.
protective spray plaster as well as aluminum and silver spray
Open wounds can degenerate into serious problems for horses. However, it is not possible to apply a plaster to every part of the body and animals often try to remove the plasters because they find the dressing uncomfortable. For these cases, protective spray plasters as well as disinfecting blue and silver sprays are suitable. The agents are applied directly to the open wounds as a fine spray mist and form a breathable protective layer. Thanks to the thin layer, the wounds are protected against harmful bacteria as well as contamination. In addition, the wounds remain permanently clean and receive sufficient oxygen, which promotes wound healing in a holistic manner.
dressing material for wound care
For the first supply of wounds bandage material may be missing in no stable pharmacy, in different widths and lengths. These include adhesive bandages such as the self-adhesive VET bandage for fixing the dressing, sterile gauze compresses and absorbent cotton. Tissue tape or adhesive plaster tape is required to secure the applied dressings.
appropriate accessories for the medical care of horses.
Dressing materials often need to be cut for proper size. For this purpose, clean and, above all, stainless fetlock scissors are obligatory. Curved bandage scissors are ideal for making precise cuts. Medical care of horses is often a difficult and scary situation for the animals. For controlled restraint, the caregiver can use a nose brake. Furthermore, tick tongs are a very practical accessory for the stable pharmacy to remove the annoying parasites quickly and easily.
medical aids for the examination
For the first examination, it is advisable to have a clinical thermometer and a stethoscope handy as medical aids. Injuries should always be treated with clean hands, but it is better to wear disposable gloves.
heat and cold packs
Horses often have health problems and require immediate attention. For minor sprains and other injuries, direct heat or cold will help in most cases. Reusable heat and cold packs can be used, either heated with hot water or in the microwave, or cooled in the refrigerator.
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