Everybody tends to remember the human first aid kit before they get too serious about leaving the truck behind for the great outdoors, but what about those 4 legged baggage porters you’re responsible for? Luckily, most of the supplies you need are good for both humans and goats! Below is a very basic list of minimum supplies needed.
A LIST OF FIRST AID SUPPLIES FOR GOATS (and what they do)
- A water proof bag for the first aid supplies to into, such as a zip lock or dry bag. BECAUSE: if your supplies get wet, moldy, and runny, they aren’t actually usable anymore.
- Activated Charcoal or equivalent with dose (1-3ml) written on it. BECAUSE: If your goat gets poisoned on any of the numerous rhododendron family plants common in the southeast, (ex: mountain laurel), activated charcoal can be force fed to the goat to prevent it from dying.
- Syringe (3ml – 6 ml). BECAUSE: You need a way to force feed activated charcoal.
- Vet wrap. BECAUSE: Sometimes you need to wrap up a wound or cover a saddle sore. Vet wrap also works great on humans.
- Adhesive tape. BECAUSE: A goat may try to remove the vet wrap so you might have to tape it back on.
- Gauze pads (sterile). BECAUSE: You may need to cover a wound before you vet wrap.
- Alcohol wipes. BECAUSE: Despite the fact goats never take a bath, cleaning their wounds is still a good idea.
- Scissors. BECAUSE: if you’ve ever cut bandages or hanging skin with a dull pocket knife you’ll wish you’d packed scissors.
- Tweezers. BECAUSE: getting stuff out of a dirty wound is difficult.
- Sterile saline eye drops (sold for humans). BECAUSE: You may need to flush something out of a goat’s eye.
- Quick Stop bleeding bandage OR human maxi pads. BECAUSE: If you have a goat attacked by another animal you will need something more than a band aid to stop the bleeding.
- A strip of duct tape. BECAUSE: Sutures are hard to use on the trail, but duct tape can hold serious wounds closed for short periods. Also good for patching panniers and tents.
- Sterile scalpel. BECAUSE: Sometimes you need to do a finer cut than your dull pocket knife allows.
- Aspirin bottle with dosage written on the outside (oral intake, 100mg/kg, 2x a day max). BECAUSE: Sometimes the goat needs some painkillers too when it does something stupid.
- A First Aid Emergency Kit Sheet. BECAUSE: Sometimes you don’t remember the dosage or the anatomy of a goat in an emergency and you are out of cell range.
- A good knife with at least 4 inches of good blade. BECAUSE: If you hike a very long way from help and you are not a hunter, there may come a time when you need to put a goat down.
See “First Aid Emergency Kit Sheet” in the menu for a basic first aid sheet to print out and shove in the first aid kit.
This list is not intended to be exhaustive! It represents the things I wished I had in prior emergencies that I think are necessary enough to take up valuable pack space carrying them.