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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST

  1. Keep veterinarian’s phone number handy and written down by all phones.  Be sure to include a card on all stall doors.
  2. Be prepared to give temperature and other vital signs when calling for help.
  3. Have access to a trailer or the phone number of a person who does.  Be sure all horses can load easily into a trailer.
  4. Have driving directions to veterinary hospital.
  5. Have several friends/volunteers who you can enlist to help.  Have those phone numbers handy.
  6. First aid kit (also kits for trailer when traveling.)
  7. Practice taking vital signs and have something to record them on.

NORMAL VITAL SIGNS

Pulse: 28-44 beats/minute       Respiration:  12-20 breaths/minute
Temperature: 99.5 – 101.5 °F                Mucous membranes/gums: moist and pink
Capillary refill time (CRT): 2 seconds or less (press on gum, then count          seconds for color to return.)

 FIRST AID KIT

  •  Veterinary office phone number  
  •  Gauze pads
  •  Sterile wound dressing (non-adherent pad)
  •  Roll cotton
  •  Brown gauze
  •  Adhesive wrap (Vetwrap, Elastikon)
  •  Leg wraps
  •  Scissors
  •  White tape
  •  Duct tape
  • Stethoscope
  •  Thermometer
  •  Hoof pick
  •  Surgical soap
  •  Eye wash (or sterile saline)
  •  Antiseptic solution (Betadine, Chlorhexidine)
  •  Antibiotic ointment (Nolvasan, Biozide)
  •  Latex gloves
  •  Flashlight and spare batteries

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