Hobby Farms Editors
November 30, 2010

A livestock first-aid kid is an essential addition to every barn. Items for the kit can be found at the local drugstore, feed shop or through your veterinarian. Keep them in a waterproof container in an obvious area. Also, keep emergency contact numbers inside the container, such as your primary veterinarian’s phone number and a back-up veterinarian’s phone number. You may also want to include a list of each species’ vital signs in the box for your reference. It can be difficult to remember them in a crisis. 

Livestock First-aid Inventory
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Your kit should include the following supplies. Download the PDF above to include this list inside your first-aid kit.

  • Absorbent cotton
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic scrub
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Disposable razor
  • Duct tape (for bandaging the bottom of hooves)
  • Dusting powder (for killing biting and chewing insects on poultry, hogs, sheep, cattle, horses)
  • Epsom salt (for soaking hooves)
  • Farrier’s rasp
  • First-aid guide
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Frothy bloat treatment (for bloat and constipation in ruminants)
  • Gauze dressing pads
  • Hoof dressing (for thrush/foot rot)
  • Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
  • Lubricant for the thermometer (i.e., petroleum jelly)
  • Nonsteroidal eye ointment
  • Oral syringe (for dosing medications by mouth)
  • Pocket knife
  • Pruning oil spray (for chickens with bald spots and wounds—protects and seals the skin)
  • Rectal thermometer (Tie a long string attached to an alligator clip or clothes pin on the end; attach clip to the tail during use.)
  • Roll gauze
  • Safety scissors (for cutting dressings)
  • Scissors
  • Self-stick elastic bandage, such as Vetrap
  • Sterile saline solution (for rinsing wounds and removing debris from eyes)
  • Stethoscope
  • Stop Pick liquid (stops cannibalism in poultry)
  • Syringe (without the needle, for flushing wounds)
  • Tweezers
  • Udder ointment (Check label for use in dairy animals.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Wound ointment/spray (Check the label if you plan to use the product for meat and dairy animals.)


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