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  • Writer's pictureConstance Wilmoth

Goat Emergency Kit

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

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Goat ownership has its fair share of ups and downs, and as you can tell from my posts, you need to be prepared for the downs just as much as the ups. This preparedness can be the difference between life and death. Even if you have a wonderful, knowledgeable vet, you as the owner will be able to administer first aid and care that can make the difference between a positive outcome and one that you regret in the future.

As I have owned goats my emergency kit has grown exponentially, and it is always a work in progress. When I learn new things or experience new goat issues I add them to kit, and I make sure to take a basic emergency kit with me any time I travel with my goats. I have outlined below the things I have in my emergency kit:

Baking Soda- for any rumen upset, Acidosis and bloat

Goat Probiotics- for rumen upset, travel, diarrhea

Bloat Release- for bloat

Injectable Penicillin- for any infection, skin, listeriosis ect.

Valbazen- dewormer

Ivermectin- dewormer

CDT Anti toxin- for any suspected case of over eating disease

Needles and Syringes- for any injections

Activated Charcoal- for any suspected poisoning

Drench Gun- for any oral dosing

Ammonium Chloride (if you have bucks or wethers)- for urinary calculi

High Level B Vitamin complex injectable- for polio or any time a goat isn't feeling 100% I give some vitamin B

CMPK Gel- Support after kidding

Thamine inejctable - polio

Zinc tablets- for flaky skin and dietary zinc deficiency

Replamin Gel- for mineral deficiency and any stress event

Thermometer- for temperature checks

Red Cell- for anemia

Mastitis Test Strips- to detect mastitis

Triple antibiotic cream- treatment of wounds

Vet Wrap- wrapping any wounds

Mastitis treatment kit- treatment of mastitis

Copper Bolus and Bolus Gun- for copper deficiencies

Selenium and Vitamin E Paste- for newborn kids and maintenance of selenium and vitamin E in herd

Saline Solution- for cleaning out wounds and eyes

Polypropylene Glycol or Karyo Syrup- for pregnancy toxemia or ketosis

Power Punch- pregnancy toxemia or ketosis

Electrolytes- for travel and times of stress

Coccidiastat - to treat coccida infections (I keep Corid on hand)

Milk Replacer- for additional milk

Frozen colostrum or colostrum replacer- for orphan kids or kids that need more colostrum

Nipple and bottle- for bottle feeding kids

I also keep the following on hand for goat care while at home:

CDT Toxoid- annual vaccination for does and double dose for kids

Colorado Serum Company Goat Pneumonia Vaccine- annual vaccination for my herd

Ace Promazene- for treatment of urinary calculi

I am sure the longer I own goats I will continue to add to my emergency kit. What do you keep on hand for your goats? Let me know if you have any questions about anything that I keep on hand, or if you have suggestions for other items I should have.

Thank you for reading and happy Goating!

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