Although many accidents or injuries on the farm will require veterinary attention, keeping a stocked first aid kit handy can be a big help while you’re waiting for the veterinarian to arrive. Here are some things you should keep in your animal’s first aid kit.
|Antibacterial soap||For cleaning wounds|
|Antibacterial ointment||To apply to wounds|
|Gauze rolls and pads||For bandages and to control bleeding|
|Nonstick bandages or towels||To control bleeding or wrap around a gauze bandage|
|Adhesive tape||To secure bandages|
|Disposable diapers||For waterproof, temporary, bandages for feet|
|Scissors/knife||For cutting bandage material|
|Ice pack||To help prevent swelling on a new injury|
|Rubbing alcohol||For cleaning wounds|
|Hydrogen peroxide||For cleaning wounds and removing blood from fur|
|Digital thermometer||To take an animal’s temperature. Never put a thermometer in an animal’s mouth – temperatures must be taken rectally. (You’ll want to keep this separate from your family’s thermometer.)|
|Lubricant||For the thermometer|
|Halter and lead rope||To restrain an injured or scared animal|
Keep your first aid kit together, in a sturdy container, in a location that will be easy to find in an emergency. It’s a good idea to pack this kit with you anytime you travel with your animals, just in case of an emergency.
If your animal is injured, please call us (or your regular veterinarian) right away. We may be able to recommend some basic first aid that you can do at home before we can get to your farm. First aid can be very helpful in preventing further injury, but is not a replacement for veterinary care.
Remember, we are available for emergencies after our regular office hours! Call our regular number, (812) 385-2733, and follow the prompts on our answering service for an emergency.