Our Emergency Kit is rather simple. Often items are added to an emergency kit through an emergency. Emergencies seem to occur at the most inconvenient times and suddenly your vet is out of town, the TSC is closed, a holiday, or middle of the night. The following are things we keep on hand. Your veterinarian may have a more comprehensive list.
We keep 2 different kinds
Dura-Pen (Penicillin G Benzathine & Penicillin Procaine)
These should only be used under the supervision and recommendation of your veterinarian. Any off label use must be under the supervision of your vet. All meat slaughter / milk withholding times must be observed.
Any brand will do.
We keep this on hand as we have had two very severe eye injuries on two of our Bucks. Heavy thick brush and sticker bushes can sometimes cause eye injury. Injuries can happen along fence lines, boards etc. A very good item to have on hand. Both our Bucks were also treated with the antibiotics, under the supervision of our Veterinarian. Consult your vet immediately for any eye injury!
Vitamin B- Crumbles Supplement and also High Potency Vitamin B Complex Injection (not pictured) . We keep both on hand in case we need them, we never have. It is important to check for expiration dates and store properly.
Probiotics- Always good to have on hand. Promotes good gut health when the gut is stressed especially when antibiotics are in use or after a heavy worm load treatment etc.
Nutri-Drench- Gives a boost to the animal. We use this especially during kidding. We also use Oatmeal Balls for does that have kidded. boosts their system and gives then the necessary energy.
Standard Items to Have On Hand
hemostats / tweezers
syringes- 1ml, 3 ml, 10ml, 20ml
needles- 18G, 20G, 22G
As listed above:
Items We Consider Emergency Use
Most do not consider dewormers or insecticides as emergency items. However we do, we rarely need these items and they are not part of our regular herd management protocol. If we need these items we consider them to be an "emergency". The following are items we are very careful in the use of and are used under the care of our veterinarian.
Ivermec-Plus- for flukes
Ivermec (Brand) / Noromectin (Generic) roundworms
SafeGuard for goats- tapes
As with any dewormer- please use the recommended product and dosage your veterinarian recommends.
Follow all precautions.
Permethrin is very mild in form and is very effective in treating bedding, and animals by a low pressure sprayer. Treatment of lice, mites. Some sprays are effective for fly control and mites.
*Please see notes on this product in the natural/organics section.
Check labeling and follow treatment advice from your vet.
Insecticides should be used in accordance with their labeling. Many products are not labelled for goats. Any off label use MUST be approved by your veterinarian. Follow manufacturers instructions. Careful to take note of withdrawal protocols.
We keep our kidding kit very simple.
Towels (for drying)
Nasal Aspirator (For suctioning)
Iodine (umbilical dip)
Dixie cups (for iodine dip)
Paper Towels (for all the "messy")
Dental Floss (to tie off the umbilical cord)
Scissors (for cord snipping and excess floss string)
Gloves (not pictured- sterile gloves for those times when assistance is needed)
We have never needed more than this, more often than not, our does do not need assistance in birthing.
We prefer to be there and are prepared in times of intervention. We also love to witness birth!
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