First aid kit for farm animals

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.

First Aid Kit for Farm Animals on Princeton Veterinary Hospital. 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.

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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

Here is a printable version of this checklist. We also have a first aid kit list for pets.

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.

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