Suitable medication storage

Where and how you store your horse's medication matters.

Your feed room is a logical and appropriate place to keep your horse’s medications briefly, but it may not be the best place to store them long-term. Temperature and humidity fluctuations in barns can alter the composition of medications. Liquid and paste medications may become clouded or separate as they freeze and thaw. Compromised pills and powders may show no outward signs. Medications that have gone through multiple or extreme fluctuations may no longer be safe or effective. Keep in mind that manufacturers determine expiration dates by testing after storage in optimal conditions.

The best place to store liquids and pastes is in a climate-controlled space that keeps them at the temperature range indicated on the label. The house or a heated tack room or garage is one option, as is a refrigerator. For powders and pills, you can store the amount you are likely to use in a week in the feed room. Keep the rest in a place with a consistent temperature to protect their long-term stability.

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