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BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST
- Keep veterinarian’s phone number handy and written down by all phones. Be sure to include a card on all stall doors.
- Be prepared to give temperature and other vital signs when calling for help.
- Have access to a trailer or the phone number of a person who does. Be sure all horses can load easily into a trailer.
- Have driving directions to veterinary hospital.
- Have several friends/volunteers who you can enlist to help. Have those phone numbers handy.
- First aid kit (also kits for trailer when traveling.)
- 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
- White tape
- Duct tape
- Hoof pick
- Surgical soap
- Eye wash (or sterile saline)
- Antiseptic solution (Betadine, Chlorhexidine)
- Antibiotic ointment (Nolvasan, Biozide)
- Latex gloves
- Flashlight and spare batteries
- We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide.
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