Before, During, and After the scare yesterday I felt very unprepared for colic. The vet treated Journey with Banamine IV, and said I should always have Banamine injectible on hand. I did have Banamine paste, which may or may not have been optimal. So I'm giving thought to what is in the kit for emergencies, and what others feel is good to have. I had him leave me 100 cc of Banamine (generic), syringes, and needles. He said to give intramuscular, then I turned around and read that it should never, ever, EVER, be given in the muscle. But the drug literature says you can.
Sedatives? In the case of an injury I can see where having an injectible on hand could be very helpful for initial treatment, or for calming to get a horse loaded and to the vet hospital for stitches or whatever. Are there feed additive sedatives? What works best and is relatively safe?
Benadryl? For an allergic reaction?
What else would be considered a must have? I'm usually set with vet wrap and something to dress a wound, usually have eye ointment in a couple of types, eye wash, and topical antibiotic.
We have one veterinary hospital that deals with horses (but doesn't like to AT ALL) in our county. My vet comes from about 80 miles away, and on the weekend I'm not going to get her. It makes me very uneasy concerning emergencies.
I have a friend who is a vet. She isn't close, but I'm sure she can answer some of the questions.
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