Medicine Cabinet

People are always asking me what I keep in my emergency medicine cabinet, so here is the list. But before I put the list up – the best thing to have in your cabinet is a good local goat vet, which I am not. In order to have a good local goat vet at 2 in the morning on Sunday, which is when you are going to need the good local vet, you have to go to the vet first and spend some money. Goat people are notorious tightwads and it never ceases to amaze me the kind of posts you will see on Facebook – my goat has a prolapsed rectum and is hemorrhaging from her eyeball, should I give her some penicillin? Or should I worm her?

And back come the answers from Internet experts around the world –

1.) why not worm her and give her penicillin?

2.) Could she have deerworm of the brain?

3) I treat all my goats for cocci when they are hemorrhaging from the eyeball. I have been raising billies and nannies for 47 years.

4) She may not need worming. If you Google “Famacha test” you will find a chart which will tell you. You just peel her eyelid back (not the one she is hemerhaging from) and check the color.

5) Yes it can’t hurt.

6) This sounds like goat polio. Is she a fainting goat?

7.) Diatomaceous Earth has always worked well for me.

The correct answer, in a perfect world, is CALL YOUR VET.

But of course we don’t live in a perfect world and on occasion, even when you have a good relationship with a good local vet, you will be on your own. For those occasions I always have on hand:

Banamine-medBanamine – for pain and swelling and fever reduction. Prescription.

Thiamine – by prescription, or, if not available, otc fortified B complex. For everything.

Lutalyse – for induction of labor and heat. Prescription.

Dexamethasone – for induction of labor when kids may be premature (used together with lutalyse.) Prescription.


Oxytocin – for milk letdown and retained placenta. Prescription.

Baycox. For cocci. Given to kids prophylactically. Pretty much a wonder drug.

Tube kit for tubing newborns.

Injectable calcium. For milk fever.

Bose. Injectable. By prescription. Selenium and Vitamin E. Selenium deficiency is a serious problem in many (not all) areas of the PNW. It may not be an issue where you are, check this map.

MFO. Milk fever oral – quick note here, don’t buy anything labeled ‘Goats Prefer.’ Goats do not prefer. For milk fever – don’t hassle with drenching, 9 times out of 10 if a doe needs this and you offer it to her, she will drink it willingly. Given at the very first sign – before the very first sign would actually be better – of milk fever.

A nice hoppy IPA. Nothing too fancy. Redhook Longhammer works well. Or Lucille from Georgetown Brewery. We can’t get Pliny the Elder around here any more. For relaxation.

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