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"First Aid" Kit

« posted: 1 year ago »
After losing my female a month or so ago and struggling to find appropriate medication for her, I'm going to start to put together a first aid/emergency kit of sorts in case this were to ever happen again (I hope not!!)

I read a few threads and it seems that the following are the recommended "must haves" as well as a catheter and syringe.
Furan II - antibiotic
Formalin - effective against ciliates and other external parasites
Diamox - treats gas bubble disease
Methylene blue - treats nitrite poisoning and ammonia burn

Are there any other recommendations as far as things that are maybe not essential but still valuable to have on hand? (other medications, treatments, etc?)

Thanks for the advice/input!
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« Reply #1 posted: 1 year ago »
That makes up a solid first add kit. There are a few other things you could add.

-Biobandage powder, which can be tricky to find, so having it on hand is good. It works well for treating external wounds.
-betadine - iodine for disinfrcting external wounds.
- clove oil, should you need to sedate the seahorse.


Optional:
Triple sulfa - good for combining with furan II when there is an infection that agressive
Neomycin- alternative to furan II, some infections are more sensitive to neomycin than furan ok. Can also be combined with triple sulfa


Optional and maybe a bit controversial:
A formalin/malachite green combo- this is a very strong medication and some people advise against using it with seahorses. However, I've had it stop some infections cold- when I've had reason to suspect uronema or other aggressive ciliates. This has been when there has been when there is a new seahorse from an unknown source, such as a LFS, and has some sort of ulcer, particularly tail rot. I personally think it's something everyone should have on hand. But it's hard on the fish. I've never noticed ill effects when using it. I used to use quick cure, but that is no longer on the market. I'm now using rid-x by Hikari
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« Reply #2 posted: 1 year ago »
Diamox is a human prescription medication so you have to plan ahead to have it on hand. I called a vet that worked at PETCO and explained that I needed it for my seahorse. He was very nice on the phone and called it in to my local pharmacy. I went to pick it up and the label read "for seahorse Barbie". The girl at the pharmacy told me they had never done a prescription for a seahorse before.  ;)

A year or so later I needed more Diamox and called the same PETCO and asked for the vet by name. It turned out that he was no longer working there and the woman on the phone asked what I was calling about. I told her I needed a prescription refill for my seahorse. Her reply was a duzzey, "We don't see horses here, only pets".

I never did find another vet to give me diamox again.
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« Reply #3 posted: 1 year ago »
I get mine from an overseas company: https://www.inhousepharmacy.vu/p-138-diamox-tablets-250mg.aspx
I now have a vet that is willing to work with seahorses and a recommendation for a second. But it's nice to have on hand, rather than needing to find it in a crisis.
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« Reply #4 posted: 1 year ago »
Thank you both for your input! I really appreciate it!

I think I'm going to start off with Furan II, Neomycin, Triple Sulfa and maybe Formalin. I still have to look into vets for Diamox. Hopefully I'll never need it! I also already have a catheter for pouch evacs. The info was very helpful!
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