Want to get better at caring for your dog, cat, horse or chicken? Well, in addition to general first aid supplies like blunt-tipped scissors, thermometers, and non-stick gauze for use on any species, you’ll need a first aid kit tailored to each of your animals’ needs. Be prepared for any scratches, wounds, or skin problems that come your way with our first aid kit tips!
TOP 5 HORSE FIRST AID SUPPLIES:
1. Vetericyn Plus Equine Wound & Skin Care
Be prepared for when and skin rashes, sores or wounds, with a spray that specially formulated to help heal equine wounds without toxic chemicals, like Vetericyn Plus Equine Wound & Skin Care.
2. Hoof Pick
Keep a hoof pick on hand to help you remove foreign objects from hooves and shoes.
3. Wire Cutters
In the case that your horse ends up caught or stuck in a fence, it’s a good idea to keep a set of wire cutters on hand.
4. PVC Pipes
PVC Pipes can be used as emergency splints for horses in the case of broken legs. Cut a 6″ diameter pipe in half lengthwise, then trim the length to 1.5-2 feet.
Keep buckets on hand to soak hooves in the case of abscesses or other hoof ailments.
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TOP 5 CHICKEN FIRST AID SUPPLIES:
1. Vetericyn Plus Poultry Care
Vetericyn Plus Poultry Care is specially formulated to help heal wounds without toxic chemicals, and is safe for use on both adult birds and hatchlings.
2. Epsom Salt
Use Epsom salt to soak your chicken’s feet before treating for bumblefoot.
This nonstick, durable wrap is great for covering wounds without causing an excess irritation.
4. Popsicle Sticks
Popsicle sticks can be used as emergency splints for chickens in the case of broken legs or toes. Cut the popsicle stick to the correct length and secure it to the leg with Vetrap, being careful not to compromise circulation by wrapping too tight.
A frightened chicken can be hard to hold on to, so keeping a towel around to softly wrap them in will help keep them from flapping their wings while you treat their wounds.
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TOP 5 HOUSE PET FIRST AID SUPPLIES:
1. Vetericyn FoamCare Shampoo
In the case that your house pet gets into something they shouldn’t, keep a spray shampoo on hand for easy application, and use a formula that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that could cause irritations to your pet’s skin such as Vetericyn FoamCare Shampoo.
2. Vetericyn Plus All Animal Wound & Skin Care
Vetericyn Plus All Animal Wound & Skin Care is formulated for use on any animal, to help clean and heal wounds without burning or toxic chemicals.
Keep a pair of tweezers on hand to help remove any foreign bodies, or to clear away hair or other irritants from wound sites.
A towel can be used to warm a pet, to dry them, or to wrap them if they get anxious. They can also be used to help you wipe away any irritants if saturated with water or a wound care solution such as Vetericyn All Animal Wound & Skin Care.
5. Vetericyn Plus All Animal Hot Spot Spray
It’s common for house pets to get hot spots that are caused by excess licking or irritation of small wounds or abrasions. Vetericyn Plus All Animal Hotspot Spray is designed to help heal these spots without excess irritation, and is safe for pets if ingested.
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You should always keep the number for a trusted veterinarian on hand to give you treatment advice in case of emergencies. With these tools in your first aid kit, you can be sure to be prepared for whatever comes your way!
Dr. Melinda J. Mayfield-Davis, DVM, WCHP-AH, brings over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine. She is the Technical Services Veterinarian with Innovacyn, Inc., parent company of Vetericyn Animal Wellness. She received her DVM from Oklahoma State University and now resides in Southeast Kansas with her husband, two children, four dogs, and six horses. Prior to working with Innovacyn, Dr. Mayfield owned and operated the Animal Care Center in Columbus, KS.