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Flat Pan for Soaking Foot or Heavy Plastic Fluid Bag



A flat, soft rubber feed pan works well for soaking a hoof. Do not use hard plastic pans or buckets as they can be cracked by a struggling horse and produce sharp, dangerous edges.

We prefer using heavy 5 liter IV fluid bags, which we cut off and place the foot in. We even tape the bag onto the foot like a bandage. The key is that the bag material is heavy enough that it doesn’t puncture easily with weight bearing.

For the purpose of an emergency kit, I like the bag idea as it takes little space. Ask your veterinarian if you can have a few 5 liter empty intravenous fluid bags for this purpose. Cut the bottoms off the bag to open one end and make a soaking bag.


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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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