September 28, 2009

Just in Case...

I keep an "animal emergency kit" just inside my back door.

It's easy to spot; it's right on the laundry room floor near the door. If necessary, I can tell someone - even a visitor - to grab it.

I chose this container because it is tall and it has a handle. Tall bottles will fit in it, and it is easy to carry.

I put some folded cardboard inside to divide it into two compartments.

A shallow box sets on top of the folded cardboard and forms a tray for small items, such as a tape measure to determine goat weights, and antibiotic eye ointment.

Along the side, I've stuck a few papers.

Eventually I'll have these laminated. One has a chart of medications and the recommended dosages for goats. The other has a wealth of information on it: normal stats for goats, where to give injections, a weight chart, and more. I've found this invaluable on many occasions.

Inside, right now the kit contains:

gauze pads
gauze wrap
first aid scissors
first aid tape
alcohol prep pads
iodine pads
bandaids (for people!)
vet wrap
needles, sewing
safety pins
syringes, both with needle and without needle
first aid cream
saline (contact lens bottle)
hand sanitizer
measuring tape (to figure weight)
measuring cups (1 oz, 1 Tbsp, etc)
drenching gun
Bloat Release
Pepto Bismol
LA-200 antibiotic
Ex-cell for mastitis
fortified Vitamin B
Geritol (for iron)
antibiotic eye ointment

I do have other meds in the refrigerator, and others that need to be kept in darkness. I also have herbs and other natural meds in a drawer.

I'm not saying that this is a complete kit, or that other things should not be in the kit. It's just what's in mine right now. I also have a kidding kit with some of the same items and others that are needed only at kidding time.

Although it is mainly focused on goat emergencies, it came in handy this summer when one of our dogs cut her paw very badly. My five-year-old granddaughter and I grabbed the kit and ran back down the hill to help the dog. The cut would not stop bleeding and at first I was afraid she'd cut an artery, but applying a pressure bandage did slow it down and it stopped eventually. We applied a thick bandage of gauze and held it on with vet wrap and first aid tape. Later that day, my granddaughter told me that I am a good animal doctor - high praise indeed.

1 comment:

  1. This is great info. Thanks for posting it. We have three Boer-Kiwi goats for blackberry/brush eating purposes. I put together a little first aid kit but only guessed at what should be in it - common sense stuff like bandages, antibiotic, etc. This will help me improve it.



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