May 2016 Issue



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Every goat breeder should have the following supplies on hand before the need for them occurs. In an emergency situation, you won't be able to get them in time. Some of the items serve similar purposes; in such situations, choose the products readily available to you

The over-the-counter items listed in the first section below may be purchased from livestock mail order company Jeffers (1-800-JEFFERS or Freight charges, except for heavy items, are waived by Jeffers with a low minimum purchase.

Some of the products require refrigeration, others should be refrigerated in warm/hot climates, some must be prevented from freezing at high temperatures, and all should be kept out of heat and out of direct sunlight. Each category of items is alphabetized.

* Best if kept refrigerated
# Do not allow to freeze; freezes at high temperatures
**Must be kept refrigerated



#10 Single-Use Disposable Scalpel

Lancing abscesses; minor surgery

60 cc Syringes (2 or 3)

Sub-cutaneous re-hydration

7% Strong Tincture of Iodine Wound antiseptic or equivalent

Dipping newborn navel cords

Adult stomach tube ( OCR's article on how to make)

Tube feeding adult goats

All-Weather Paint Stik

Animal marking - washable


Water-resistant aerosol bandage

Ammonium Chloride

Feed additive to help prevent urinary calculi

Bag Balm

Abrasions on udders

Betadine Solution

Pre-surgery cleansing/disinfecting

Betadine Surgical Scrub

Germicidal antiseptic cleanser

Blood Stop Powder

Stop rapid blood flow

C&D Anti-Toxin ** #

Overeating disease - immediate, short-term

CD/T **

Vaccine to prevent overeating disease & tetanus

CL Vaccine (Texas Vet Lab)**

Prevents Caseous Lymphadenitis abscesses


Hypocalcemia ("milk fever" aka hypocalcemia)

Copasure boluses

Copper deficiency


Coccidiosis (must use Vit B1 - thiamine - injections at same time)

Dextrose 50%

Ketosis in does; quick energy for newborns & sick adults


1 % Ivermectin, Dectomax, Cydectin, Safeguard/Panacur, Valbazen, Levamisole Each has its own application & use for deworming. See my articles on Deworming.

Dimethox 40% or Albon 40%

Oral treatment of coccidiosis

Disinfectant mat & TekTrol liquid

Biological security; visitors step on mat when they arrive

Disposable Needles

22 gauge by 3/4" for injections & 18 gauge x 1 inch for thick medications

Disposable Syringes 1 cc, 3 cc, 6 cc, 12 cc (Luer Lock & Luer Slip)

(1 cc = 1 ml)

Dr. Naylor's Hoof n Heel

Hoof rot/hoof scald


High-calorie nutritional supplement for goats off feed

Eartagger & extra pin to match ear tags being used


Small, double-sided, imprinted with herd & scrapie ID numbers


Bounce Back, ReSorb, or similar Rehydration

Ferrodex 100 injectable iron


Fly spray

animal safe for direct application to body of goats to control fly strike

Fortex rubber feeding tubs

Fortified Vit B Complex

Stress of any kind

Fortiflex water buckets

Fungisan Spray


Gloves, Latex or Nitrile disposable exam gloves

Handling infectious matter

Gloves, Shoulder length OB gloves

Delivering/pulling kids

Halter, adjustable

sheep/goat animal control

Heat Lamp Reflector w/ Guard & Clamp

Use with weak or sick kids

Heat Pad without timer/auto shut-off (non digital)

Hoof trimmers (ARS Trimmer 2-1/4" or 3") & hoof rasp

Trimming hooves

Ivomec Plus

Liver Flukes


Detecting ketosis in pregnant does

Kid milk replacer

Ultra Bac 24 all species milk replacer or equivalent -No-soy milk replacer

Kid Puller

Difficult kid delivery


Hoof rot/hoof scald


Iron supplement (oral) for anemia

Mastitis infusion tubes

ToDay, ToMorrow, Albadry Plus, Masticlear

Nasalgen IP Respiratory vaccine **

Short term protection during shipping

Neomycin sulfate (Biosol)

Diarrhea - infectious

Nolvasan CapTabs

Uterine infections

NuStock, Pierce's All Purpose

Mites, minor wounds, some skin problems

Oxytetracycline (LA-200 or equivalent)

Antibiotic - trying to prevent abortions

Peppermint Oil Lotion, Cai-Pan

Congested udder & mastitis topical application

Pill pusher

Pushing pills to back of mouth

Pneumonia Vaccine (Colorado Serum) **

Basic pneumonia prevention

Pneumonia vaccine Presponse (Boehringer Ingleheim) **

Improved pneumonia prevention

Pneumonia vaccine (Texas Vet Lab) Super Poly Bac Somnus **

Improved pneumonia prevention

Poly Neck Chains & Connecting Links

Animal identification (adult)

PolySerum/BoviSera injectable

Immune system booster

Powdered colostrum replacer (NOT "supplement")

First milk if doe isn't lactating

Prichard teats

Nipples for bottle babies

Probiotics, oral

repopulate gut after completion of antibiotic treatment

Procaine Penicillin (300,000 IU)**

Antibiotic- broad spectrum

Propylene Glycol #

Ketosis in does

Red Cell oral liquid


Spectam Scour-Halt

Diarrhea (Scours)


Checking heart & breathing rates

Sulfadimethoxine 12.5% or (Di-Methox) Albon

oral treatment of coccidiosis

SWAT topical cream

Fly control/treatment

Synergized De-Lice or Cylence or equivalent

Topical Lice control & eradication

Terramycin eye ointment

Pinkeye & other eye infections

Tetanus Anti-Toxin **

Tetanus - immediate, short-term protection

Thrush Buster

Topical application to control hoof rot and hoof scald

Toxiban activated charcoal suspension


Trap 'n Toss Disposable Fly Traps

Fly control

Vet Wrap (bright fluorescent colors)

Wounds, injuries


Tissue adhesive liquid

Vitamin E capsules

Use when giving MinMax injections for mineral deficiencies

Vitamin A+D+E Injectable *

Weak legs in newborns

Weak Kid Syringe and stomach tube

Tube feeding newborn & very young kids

Weight scale

Weighing newborns & young goats

Zinc Sulphate

Foot bath for hoof rot/hoof scald

Purchase the following items (or generic equivalent) at your local discount store or co-op:



1% Chlotrimazole Cream


5% Sevin Dust

Flies & lice on kids & pregnant does

70% Isopropyl Alcohol

Multiple uses

150 Watt or 200 Watt Light Bulbs, clear (not infrared)

Heat lamps for young kids

Agricultural Lime (powdered)

Ground disinfectant

Amdro Fire Ant Bait

Baby Aspirin, coated

Fever or pain relief

Benadryl liquid

Antihistamine for allergic reactions

Black oil sunflower seeds

Fatty feed additive for older goats; improves milk production in lactating does needing help

Black pepper - coarse ground

Topical treatment of "heat rash"; clots blood on wounds



Cotton Balls

Diatomaceous Earth

Ground disinfectant; external parasites

Distilled Water

Fly traps - mix with attractant

Duct Tape

Ear Syringe

Fleet's Enemas (infant & adult sizes)

Constipation; prolapsed vagina in newborn females

Gentian Violet


Hydrogen Peroxide

Topical cleansing of wounds

Karo syrup or molasses

Quick energy for weak kids & sick adults

KY jelly or generic equivalent

OB lubrication for kid delivery

Milk of Magnesia

Bloat, overeating, ruminal acidosis, toxicity, mastitis

Pepto Bismol

Rumen distress

Petroleum Jelly


Rectal Thermometer, digital

Self-Sticking Elastic Tape

Surgical tape

Tagamet HB-200

Upset rumen, scouring, coccidia, ruminal acidosis

Towels - Cloth & Paper

Triple Antibiotic Cream

Wasp Spray

Collect the following:



1/2" to 1" PVC Pipe (light weight)

Duct tape to goat's horns to prevent hanging horns in fences

Empty 16oz to 24 oz soda-water bottles

Bottle feeding - Pritchard teat screws on top

Empty permanent solution bottles

Applying Synergized Delice

PVC pipe (8 inches long) and funnel

Use with adult goat stomach tube

Prescription Items:



Banamine (FluMeglumine injectable liquid) *

Fever; soreness; inflammation; gut irritation

Baytril 100 (tablets & injectable liquid)

Antibiotic - broad spectrum, heavy duty

BoSe (NOT MuSe)

Selenium deficiency

Dexamethazone 2mg/ml (liquid injectable)

Induces labor contractions; anti-inflammatory

Dopram injectable

respiratory stimulant to be dropped under tongue of newborn if it is under respiratory distress. Probably have to get vet to have this product compounded.


Shock prevention

Excenel RTU (injectable liquid)

respiratory and urinary tract infections & with kids

Gentamycin sulfate

Antibiotic - injectable

Gentocin spray


Lactated Ringers Solution **



Inducing labor; terminating pregnancy

MineralMax (MinMax)or MultiMin 90 injectable

Mineral deficiencies

Nuflor Gold (injectable liquid) *

Antibiotic - respiratory and systemic mastitis

Oxytocin (injectable liquid) *

Expelling afterbirth

Primor (tablets)

Antibiotic - coccidia & ruminal distress

Rally 200 injectable

Antihistamine for toxic reactions

Sterile water

Hydrating certain medications

Sulfamethoxazole with Trimethoprim

Antibiotic - intestinal distress

Thiamine (Vitamin B 1)


Triple Antibiotic Opthalmic Ointment


Trypzyme - V (spray)

Sloughs dead tissue

Vitamin B-12 (liquid injectable)

Anemia; general weakness

* Best if kept refrigerated
# Do not allow to freeze; freezes at high temperatures
**Must be kept refrigerated

Do not use any of the above items without a veterinary prescription and vet supervision. NOTE: Many of these items are off-label/extra-label and some of them are specifically *not* approved for usage in food animals in certain jurisdictions. There are very few products approved for goats, so using them "off-label" puts producers in the position of technically violating a regulation, rule, or law. If you want your goats to survive and thrive, you have to decide your course of action because sometimes these products are needed to keep them alive and well.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto and Onion Creek Ranch accept no responsibility for the outcome of using these products. Each producer must consult his goat veterinarian for advice and recommendations on usage of approved, controlled, off-label/extra-label, or restricted medications. Have as many of these products on hand as you are comfortable with. Designate a working refrigerator for your goat supplies. Set up a workspace. Label everything properly. Watch expiration dates. I have excluded castration and disbudding information; I don't do either. Information on tattooing and micro-chipping are also not provided herein. Additionally, no information is provided on show goat supplies.

This list is a worst-case scenario. You should be ready for just about anything if you obtain these items now. I'm not a vet nor do I represent myself to be a vet or an expert on goats, but e-mail or call if you need help, and I'll do my best to assist you by telling you what I would do under the circumstances you describe to me if the goat was in my herd and my care.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Texas 5/14/16

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