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Understanding Wound Care: Horse First-Aid Kit Checklist

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shutterstock_354620465.jpgIf you have a horse, you probably have had an encounter with some sort of equine wound or injury! Horses love to get themselves into trouble, and being prepared for the worst can help you react for the best results! 

When going to your local Farm & Home Store to stock up on your horse first-aid kit supplies, the equine wound care product selection can be overwhelming. What First-Aid supplies should you have with you?

  1. Wound Cleanser: First thing you will want to do is cleanse the wound. Flushing the wound with an anti-bacterial wound care spray is ideal. Theracyn Wound Care Spray is perfect for loosening debris and killing harmful bacteria! (kills 99.9999% of bacteria in 15 seconds)* This process can be the most important thing you can do for a wound! So make sure you have a good wound cleanser.
  2. Hydrogel: Once you clean the wound you will need to apply a barrier/moisturizer. The sight of an oozing wound may not be appealing, but these are white blood cells triggering the "clean up" and they need a moist environment to move in. Supplementing moisture with an ointment is an excellent course of action, but which Ointment/Barrier do we choose? 

    For the early stage of healing, a Hydrogel can be the perfect thickness; it keeps the wound moist all while allowing those white blood cells free movement. We recommend Theracyn Hydrogel. CLICK HERE to learn more about Theracyn. If you suspect your horse's wound is developing proud flesh, call your veterinarian.

  3.  Ointment: Once a wound is nearly filled with new healthy tissue, a different type of support is needed from thicker wound ointments which can help soothe tissues and prevent scaring. These ointments help the tissues remain pliable and maintain their strength, and will also help create a barrier on the skin surfaces, trapping moisture beneath it and preventing irritation or dryness of new tissues. Thick ointments will also help prevent the wound from becoming itchy while healing, thus helping prevent your horse from rubbing it and re-opening the wound!  

Corona Ointment is an excellent choice! With its lanolin-based formula it helps soothe irritated skin, prevents drying and cracking, and creates an excellent barrier against insects, moisture, and dirt.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Did you know? Many horse wound care ointments commonly used today include nitrofurazone which in some studies have proven to actually retard healing by 25%. Gloves are also required for application of these products, as it has carcinogenic properties and can cause irritation to your hands. CLICK HERE for details on nitrofurazone & other wound care ingredients that may do more harm then good. 

Some other items you may want to consider having handy in your horse first-aid kit: 

  • Corona Pure-Flex™Flexible Cohesive Bandages
  • Bottle of iodine, providine, or betadine scrub solution
  • Package 3-ply Towels
  • Pair Bandage Scissors
  • Pair Vinyl Gloves
  • Package 4" x 4" non-stick Gauze Pads
  • Roll of quilted cotton
  • Roll of brown gauze
  • Package Alcohol
  • Prep Pads
  • Thermometer

Want to learn more details about treating equine wounds? Click below to get your FREE Corona Wound Care Guide!  

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* Per a third party in vitro study completed on 12/1/16. 

Article Sources: 

http://files.eventsential.org/b6a3b65a-f39c-4146-ae3a-c5737f59fefb/event-576/91385042-Hendrickson%20-%20What%20You%20Should.pdf

http://equusmagazine.com/management/wound_ointments_062909-8348

Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler graduated from Truman State University in 2013 with a BS in Animal Science & Nutrition and a minor in Equine Science. Gabby currently works on Manna Pro’s marketing team, and enjoys competing regularly with her six horses.

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