Goat Medicine Cabinet
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Saturday, 02 June 2007


Goat Medicine Cabinet

 Goat First Aid Kit

Quick reference Guide to the Goat Medicine Supplies to have on hand

These are things I keep in mine along with the dosages I use- and divided into Must Haves, Should Haves and Nice to Haves - Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!

Basics you can get at drug stores:

Must Haves 

  •  Thermometer- a digital one for humans is just fine.. they have cheap ones at walmart.
  •  Box of baking soda for rumen pH
  •  Cayenne pepper (for stopping bleeding from injuries)
  •  Molasses or karo syrup for kid saver formula
  •  Peroxide for cleansing wounds
  •  Alcohol for cleaning injection sites and needles and tops of injectable bottle stoppers
  •  Milk of Magnesia - for constipated goats or goats who have eaten something you need to get rid of
  •  Pepto Bismol- in small amounts for coating the stomach lining- too much will stop them up
  • A Tube of Activated Charcoal (found at Jeffers, Feed stores or ValleyVet)for neutralizing the gut should the goat eat anything toxic





 Nice to Haves:

  • Antibiotic ointment like neosporin- for injuries
  • Baby aspirin do NOT use- Ibuprofen, tylenol or advil.. ONLY real 100% aspirin - regular strength if you can't find the baby
  • Gauze for wounds
    If you can find cast supplies get them- if not gauze and plaster of paris will work for broken legs
  •  Benadryl (children's is fine and either capsules or liquid-) for allergic reactions to bee stings, bites and hay allergy breathing problems
  • Coffee for kid saver formula
  • Surgical gloves can be found in  Walmart pharmacy department for a small package- buy larger packages at online supply houses.
  • Yogurt with live bacteria in it for rumen flora to use in case you do not have Probiotic paste
  • Olive or corn oil for enema treatment that is not responding to the warm soapy water
  • Tide Powered Detergent for treating frothy bloat- add 1 tsp to half gallon of water give orally
  • Vasoline
  • Diaper ointment or hemorrhoid cream for topical skin abrasions, the hemorrhoid cream reduces topical swelling from a difficult kidding, the diaper ointment is great for pizzle rot
  • Hair color or hair perm bottle for administering enemas

Injectable Over the counter meds to grab at the feed store:

(or order through Jeffers or ValleyVet Supply)

Must Haves:

  • Bottle of Penicillan Procaine G - for injury and infection (dosage is 1cc/25 lbs SubQ and Always draw back on the plunger before injecting Penicillin)
  • Bottle of B vitamin complex (fortified if you can get it because it has more thiamine in it )- for stress and getting well (Dosage SubQ 1cc/25lbs)
  • Bottle of Tylan 200 (not LA200) The generic is called tylosin 1% (not Tylan50 either -)- for pneumonia and pink eye (Dosage 1cc/25lbs SubQ or take needle Off and drip in eye a couple drops per eye for pink eye)
  • Tetanus Antitoxin for injury, disbudding, castration, puncture wounds as a preventative for tetanus (Equine origin 1500 units per vial has approx 3.5 ccs in it, I use half vial for kids at banding time and an entire bottle for adult goat injury- SubQ)
  • CD Anti toxin  which is not the same as CDT- used for enterotoxemia symptoms for babies and adults and can be a life saver to a potentially fatal situation (dosage 1cc/5lbs SubQ)
  • Ivomec Plus dewormer- used at the rate of 1cc/40lbs SubQ

Should Haves:

  • Dewormer - Ivomec Plus Injectable or Valbazen (Ivomec Plus dosage 1cc/40lbs SubQ, -
  • Valbazen (Dosage-1cc/ 10lbs Orally) Use  ONLY in NON pregnant does and wethers kids and bucks
  • Sulment or Dimethox- as per package instructions
  • Syringes and needles in combinations of sizes-    some 3 ml syringes, 6 ml syringes and a few 20 or 30 ml syringes (All luer lock- look at goat-link article on injections to see what I mean) and a couple with the long tip for oral administering- Needles in sizes 18 gauge and 22 gauge as short as you can get them.. try for 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch.. trey not to have 1 inch you don't need them that long.. more needles than syringes in case you drop some..
  • Tubing Catheter for tubing weak kids found at most online supply houses
  • MFO or CMPK oral calcium supplement

Nice to Haves

  • Red cell or Goat Nutri-drench - as per package instructions
  • Electrolyte mix- as per package instructions
  • Iodine - gentle iodine is fine
  • Furall Spray - spray for injuries
  •  Biosol- (neomycin sulfate) for bacterial stomach disorders like E coli -(Dosage 1/4 tsp per 25lbs orally)
  • Probiotic Paste for rumen flora
  • Betadine for cleansing wounds

Injectable things that require ordering 'usually Rx' (prescription meds)

  • BO-SE (Not MU-SE)- for avoiding white muscle disease and as a therapeutic for the immune system of a sick goat (there is no substitute)( Dosage 1cc/40lbs)
  • Banamine - for pain and fever (can use aspirin if you don't have this) (Dosage 1cc/100lbs SubQ)
  • Thiamine - for goat polio and listeriosis (there is no substitute) (Dosage depends on the strength of Thiamine- it comes as 200mgs/ml and 500mgs/ml,1cc/100lbs SubQ for the 200 mg/ml strength)
  • Epinephrine- for possible anaphylactic shock
  • Bag of Ringers Lactate and IV set up which you will use SUBQ in the case of a severely dehydrated goat who is so sick it is not moving around much and can be closely monitored OR use the ringers lactate as a sub Q injection over the ribs 10ccs at a time with 15 mins in between injections to replace needed fluids.. grab 2 bags to have on hand.

Preventative things that if you need them and do not have them on hand you will more than likely lose a goat over it:

CD Anti toxin
Tetanus Anti toxin
Tubing Catheter
Large gauge needle as large as you can get 16 gauge if possible - for bloat emergency ONLY
For pregnant does- Always have on hand
CMPK or MFO for possible ketosis or hypocalcemia- no time to get some after the fact- replaces needed calcium

Quick measurement guide:

1 ml is equal to 1cc - they are the same thing
1 teaspoon is equal to 5 ccs
1 TBSP is equal to 15 ccs

Where to buy online supplies:

Valley Vet Supply  1-800-468-0059. www.valleyvet. com.
Jeffers Livestock Catalog
  1-800-533-3377. www.jefferslivestoc k.com
PBS Livestock Health Catalog  1-800-321-0235. www.pbsanimalhealth .com
Caprine Supply  1-800-646 7736. www.caprinesupply. com.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 January 2014 )