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THE MEDICINE CHEST - FIRST AID KIT

By: Robin L. Walters
About the Author
Website: Bar-None Meat Goats
Sources: C. Ross, 8th Edition Merck Veterinary Manual

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Goats are well in-tune with Murphy's Law. They never get sick or hurt during office hours. If you have a good working relationship with your vet he will appreciate you being able, and having the needed supplies to do basic procedures. This is just a basic starter list to keep you prepared in case of a Sunday night emergency. In the case of Polio, Entrotoximia, or a chilled kid, you don't have time to drive to a vet or wait for one to arrive. Follow the Boy Scout motto - be prepared.

Market Wethers or Pets

  • Fortified B Complex - to keep aggressive appetites
  • Thiamine (available from vet only)- wethers and goats on feed are prone to thiamine deficiency polio
  • Naxcel or Excenel (antibiotics available from vet only - 0 withdrawal)
  • Penicillin - for snotty noses and polio
  • Eprinephrine (for anaphylactic shock when given injections)
  • Kaopectate or Pepto Bismol - for scours
  • Phazyme and Vegetable Oil - first defense for bloat
  • Probiotics - give when off feed or after antibiotic treatment
  • Electrolites - prevent dehydration during stress
  • Ammonia Chloride - for urinary calculi
  • Kaptan or Clorox for ringworm & other fungi
  • 3cc and 12cc Syringes
  • 18g x 1" and 22g x 1" Needles
  • Drench gun or syringe
  • Hoof Trimmers - use regularly

General Supplies

  • Antibiotics
  • Pennicillin
  • Naxcel or Excenel (antibiotics available from vet only)
  • LA 200, Tylan, or Gentamycin (Gentamycin is available from vet only, and is not cleared for food animals)
  • Banimine (available from vet only)
  • Dexamethazone
  • Fortified B Complex - to keep aggressive appetites
  • Thiamine (available from vet only)- wethers and goats on feed are prone to thiamin deficiency polio
  • Epinephrine (for anaphylactic shock when given injections)
  • Probiotics - give when off feed or after antibiotic treatment
  • Electrolites - prevent dehydration during stress
  • Kaopectate or Pepto - for scours
  • Phazyme and Vegetable Oil - first defense for bloat
  • 50% Dextrose
  • Ringers solution (IV electrolites can be given under the skin)
  • CD&T Toxoid
  • C&D Antitoxin
  • Tetanus Antitoxin
  • Thermometer
  • Stethoscope
  • 3cc and 12cc Syringes
  • 18g x 1" and 22g x 1" Needles
  • Drench gun or syringe
  • Hoof Trimmers - use regularly
  • Stomach Tube for adult goats
  • hemostats

Kidding Supplies

  • Oxitocin (available from vet only)
  • 7% Iodine - to dip navels
  • Dental Floss - tie off long cords
  • Scissors (cut dental floss & long cords)
  • Towels and/or newspapers
  • Estramate or Lutylace (available from vet only) - use to induce labor or cause abortion
  • Dexamethazone (available from vet only) - use to induce labor or give to preemie newborns to help with immature lungs
  • 50% Dextrose Solution - give to chilled down kids
  • Calcium Glutamate or CMPK
  • Feeding tube and syringe
  • Towels and newspapers
  • Pritcher Nipples & coke bottles
  • Listerine or other disinfectant
  • OB Lube
  • OB Exam gloves
  • Uterine Boluses
  • Lamb puller
  • Collar & Snaps or halter & lead (to restrain uncooperative doe)

Kidding Extras

  • Notebook & Pen (to record birth information)
  • Scales & bucket (to weigh kids)
  • Kid tags & taggers (identification for kids)
  • Baby monitor (listen to the does progress from inside)

About the author: Katy & I raise a small herd of meat goats outside of Seguin Texas. We try to breed for the show season, mainly show wethers & percentage does. Katy shows extensively in the wether shows & in the ABGA & AMGA shows.

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