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First Aid Kits

What do people think should be in it?

In mine there is:- scissors, hoof pick, syringe for flushing out, baling twine, cotton wool, hibiscrub, iodine/antiseptic liquid, antiseptic cream (dermobion, sudocream, savlon etc), vetwrap, gamgee, antilimalinex (for poulticing)(sorry about the spelling), couple of stable bandages, and some bute. Cant think of anything else right now.

Scissors, 3 x vetwrap bandages, 1 x flexi bandage (for areas like knees), Robinsons Kool Wrap, cotton wool roll and cotton wool pads, hibiscrub, purple spray (one with Aloe Vera, one without), iodine spray, digital thermometer, wound powder, antiseptic cream, cleansing cream (got this one from the vet when my boy cut his knee and it's great stuff), salt and Dettol.  Can't think of anything else at the moment but my First aid box is bigger than my grooming kit!!!

Stainless steel dog or cat water bowl (so it can be boiled to disinfect it) - useful for all sorts of thins - saline solution, keeping cotton wool clean etc etc.

arnica, rescue remedy, salt, honey, syringe for flushing, scissors, gamgee, parcel tape, old socks (clean!!) kitchen paper.

Arnica - shock, deep bruising, flesh injuries
rescue remedy - shock (good for owner after horse accident!!)
salt - emergency wound cleaning in conjunction with syringe, but I do mean emergency cos it STINGS. Otherwise use syringe to sluice out wounds.
Honey - for deep wounds and poultices, spread on kitchen paper, wrapped with gamgee  secured with parcel tape (BRILLIANT stuff for securing poultices and bandages)
socks - for securing hoof dressings (then parcel tape round fetlock)
scissors you know about!

I heard somewhere that disposable nappies were good for poultices as well. Would you mind expanding a little more on WHY honey? I remember being told ages ago that germs couldn't survive in it. I always wondered why this was.

I don't understand the mechanics of it, but believe me honey does work on wounds. Have used it many times myself when the self-destruction thingy has taken over at historical re-enactment events, where even the treatment of minor wounds has to be seen to be achieved by "authentic 16th century remedies".

(Incidentally, blisters can be soothed by putting a snail on them and allowing it to crawl about. The slime does wonders. Or so I'm told. I've never been willing to put that one to the test, myself.)

All the above quite correct - the word for attracting water is hydroscopic, but if you want to reduce a watery swelling, sugar in a muslin bag does the same and is less messy - I once fixed the fist of a security guard who'd been in a tussle by making him plunge it in a basin of sugar - the hand went down from twice the size to nearly normal in a matter of minutes. I don't usually advocate getting swellings down - they are there for a reason or they wouldn't happen - but he had to drive home and couldn't bend his hand.
Honey is also antiseptic - it never goes off in the jar, does it? antibacterial, ant fungicidal, antiviral - in short the most wonderful stuff, inside and out.
I hope you never have to clean a badly festering wound, but a honey poultice will do it.  After 10 minutes remove the kitchen paper and you have a nice pink clean wound. Foreign bodies come out, too.


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