I believe the power of a well-organized medicine cabinet is greatly underrated. Think about it: Whenever you have to open it, there is naturally some sort of medical issue happening at your barn. This is not the moment to waste time with ravaging through boxes and empty packages, expired medication and trash, just to end up realizing that you are out of whatever you need. Easy access and being able to find what you need saves valuable time (and nerves). Here are a few quick and easy tips to get your medical cabinet ready for emergencies:
-Check regularly for expired medicine and dispose of it safely.
-Set up an inventory to know which medications you currently have and what you need to refill. Spring is a great time to do that, as most vets will come out to the barns to do annual vaccinations. Once you know what you need, you can give an order to your vet to bring refills, when they come out to give shots.
-Organize and label your supplies. An inexpensive way to do that, is investing in a couple of Tupperware or plastic boxes and labeling them accordingly (“60ml Syringes”, “Needles”, “Bute paste”, etc.). This will give you easy access and help you to quickly find what you are looking for.
-Always refill immediately, especially when you used up something basic like vet wrap, elastikon tape, bandages, etc. You might not need it right that moment, however, at some point you will and injuries are much more difficult to attend to without these necessary basics.
Tanja Schnuderl is a team member with The Equine Expert LLC, a multi-discipline equine expert witness and consulting firm with expert equestrians offering legal expert witness and consulting services in court cases and legal matters. Tanja is an expert on Barn Management and Horse Behavior. She is the Barn Manager for Moon Rising Farm just outside Washington DC and Principal of Sigma Equine LLC, an equine appraisal business. Tanja grew up in Germany and was a paralegal for many years. For more information on Tanja Schnuderl email email@example.com, www.theequineexpert.com