Items recommended for a wound care first aid kit and sources.
Ted Stashak DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Emeritus Professor Surgery
1) Wound preparation and cleansing
Non-sterile (clean) 4”x4” gauze sponges – Drug store.
Moisten with water and place in the wound to protect it prior to clipping the hair. Can be used to clean debris from the wound.
Place 20 in a plastic sandwich bag to keep them clean.
Scissors – Mayo to clip hair from wound edges – Feed or Drug or Hardware stores
Vetricyn VM Plus S olution – wound irrigation (cleansing) and antimicrobial effect – your veterinarian
2) Topical antibiotics and antimicrobials
Triple antibiotic (Neospori) - drug or feed store
Silver Sulfadiazine (Silvaden). Veterinarian. Use for superficial + deep burns
Betadin antiseptic ointment – Drug or Feed store
Vetericyn VF Plus H ydrogel or contaminated wounds that cannot be bandaged. Spray on – your Veterinarian
3) Wound dressings
Telfa AM - clean wounds. Drug Store, Veterinary supply or Veterinarian. Kerlix AMDTM gauze sponges - contaminated wounds. Drug Store, Veterinary supply or Veterinarian.
AluSpra Aerosol Bandage. Spray on clean wounds that cannot be bandaged. Veterinary supply store or Veterinarian.
4) Bandaging material
Bandage scissors – Feed or Drug store or internet.
Cotton bandage wraps – CombiRol or RediRol – Feed store or internet
Conforming gauze rolls – Feed store or internet
Self adherent bandage (e.g. Vetra or SECURWraM r ElastianM); – Feed store or internet. To secure and cover the cotton bandage
Elastico – Feed store or internet. To attach bandage, top and bottom, of bandage to the hair