Not much riding has been going on in cold and frozen Kentucky. Everything is on ice so to speak...
Yesterday I went out to check on my guys and I noticed that Toby was a little off on his right hind. It was slightly swollen and he walked fine on it but slowly. Trotting is where it really showed he was off. So I was thinking he had slipped and perhaps pulled a muscle? I left him out in the field because I felt the cold and some movement was better than boredom, cold and not moving in his stall. Plus he'd get a little nutted if he wasn't out with the gang. I did mean to give him some bute but forgot. So I figured he was going to be careful because he was sore. The bute might mask the pain and he could hurt himself even more. Damned if you do, damned if you don't type of situation...
So this morning I went back out to check on him. His leg was swollen, he was much more lame than yesterday and I saw that he had some cuts or puncture wounds just above his hoof. I'm guessing he stepped in a place he shouldn't have and yanked his leg out, cutting it up in the process. Now it's becoming infected. Sigh.
Lucky for me I had all the right tools to help him out. I was able to clean out the wound, dress it, start him on SMZ (antibiotic) and give him some bute for the swelling and pain. I had one problem. A lot of my stuff was frozen because I kept it at the barn which was a balmy 4 degrees this morning.
So he got the bute and I had to come back later after things thawed out to do the rest. But this got me to thinking about my equine first aid kit. This is what I have on hand all the time:
Clean empty syringe
Allushield - spray on wound dressing
Wound Wash (bought at my local drug store)
Things I got from my vet that I always have on hand:
Surpass (topical cream pain reliever for Ollie because his stomach can't handle bute)
So I used the Wound Wash to clean the cuts. That stuff is GREAT! It sprays out, doesn't sting and cleans out wounds really well. Love love love it! Then I let the area air dry while I gave Toby his SMZ in some grain and cocosoya oil. Cocosoya Oil will cover the smell and flavor of any powder medicine! Toby is the pickiest guy and he ate up his SMZ with the Cocosoya Oil. Finally, I sprayed Allushield over the injured area to cover it and give some protection. Allushield stings and Toby let me know he didn't appreciate it. Oh well. He'll get over it.
The SMZ will help with the infection. He's getting 13 tablets (crushed) twice a day. If I don't see some results in a few days then I'm calling the vet. One thing I want to mention about the SMZ, my vet in Michigan helped me out one time and put the prescription through a store called Meijer's. They have a program that will give families antibiotics at no charge. Ask your vet about it!
One thing I wish I had is a nice tackle box for all my equine first aid products. I have a bucket and another covered plastic container but it really could be better organized. I think a fishing tackle box would do the trick...
So what do you guys have in your Equine First Aid Kit? Surely you have one!