The vet has been frequenting Rocking E lately with the sudden influx of new boarders. We’ve had abscesses, allergy-related hives, minor cuts and scrapes, and clogged tear ducts to name a few! During one visit, I emoji-heart-eyed my vet’s antiseptic solution receptacle. You’re not a real horsewoman until you get green-eyed jealous over someone’s antiseptic solution. Ammiright? It got me thinking about how nice it would be if I had something like that myself!
I keep a pretty good first aid kit, including essentials to clean small wounds here at the barn. I have antiseptic solutions and gauze pads to wipe away debris and disinfect wounds, but they’re packed separately in my wound care caddy. After seeing my vet’s stainless steel container of soaked gauze pads at-the-ready, I really liked the idea of adding something like that to my first aid arsenal.
First, I started with looking for a container. Vets usually use stainless steel because it’s easily disinfected. I’m sure I could have ordered a fancy schmancy stainless steel container, but I felt that wasn’t necessary for my purposes. I looked at Wal-Mart for something small and leak-proof and came up with this little guy. For just $4.48, I thought it was perfect!
I had 4″ x 4″ pads on hand, so it was the perfect size to house soaked gauze, too.
There are several antiseptic solutions to choose from, but I really like Chlorhexidine solution. I bought a generic brand that can be diluted, making it super affordable and long-lasting.
I put my gauze pads in the container and poured the diluted solution (per instructions on the bottle) all over the pads, making sure they were completely soaked. I like to use ketchup-type squirt bottles for diluting solutions. Bottle like this make mixing a cinch!
I put my leak-proof lid on, and now I have wound cleaning solution ready to go! Not exactly vet-standards, but perfect for my personal first-aid kit!