Medicine Cabinet

Here is a list of some essentials to always have on hand in the goat first aid kit/medicine cabinet. Although I use herbal, natural, and holistic methods as much as I can, sometimes it is necessary in extreme circumstances to use drugs to treat very serious health problems. I am gradually needing to use less and less of the conventional drugs, but I keep them on hand, just in case. This is a list of all the herbs and medications that I try to keep on hand.

Everything (other than herbs/herbal remedies) is available at Tractor Supply unless otherwise noted.



  • Herbs:
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (get a gallon jug at the grocery store)
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Probiotics (Goats Prefer® probiotics or Probios® powder)
  • Baking Soda (get at a grocery store)
  • Copper boluses (get at Jeffers or


  • Ivomec 1% Cattle and Swine injectable (for severe worm infestations, give 1 cc per 40 lb orally; more info here)
  • Coccidiostat (Di-Methox; get at Hoegger Supply. DO NOT use CoRid, it is a thiamine inhibitor and is BAD for goats)
  • SpectoGard Scour-Chek (spectinomycin, labeled for pigs. Get at Southern States, PBS animal health, or Jeffers)
  • LA-200 (broad-spectrum antibiotic for pinkeye, pneumonia, and other sicknesses; see dosage here)
  • Today® mastitis treatment (more info here, you can get it at Hoegger Supply)
  • Triple antibiotic ointment (topical antibiotic, also used for pinkeye) (get this at your local pharmacy)


  • Red Cell (Give 2 cc per 50 lb, Iron supplement for anemia)
  • Vitamin B12/B complex supplement
  • Electrolytes (Bounce Back® or Manna Pro® goat electrolytes; Gatorade works in an emergency)


  • Luer lock syringes
  • Oral syringes (luer slip)
  • 22 ga x 1/2″ needles (other sizes may be needed)
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Producer’s Pride® Pritchard Nipples and a 16 oz water bottle for bottle feeding orphaned or rejected kids.
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Thick plastic bottle w/ tight lid to dispose needles in (take to your vet for disposal when full)
  • Index card with your vet’s phone number (always use a large animal vet for goats; most dog-and-cat vets have no experience with small ruminants)