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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Silver » Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:49 pm

I would add to the great items listed previously ( I may have missed some listed): hemostats, catgut, scalpels, local anesthetic, surgical gloves, metacam, surgical gloves, icing sugar, oxytocin, head snare.... now that I think of it I think the list is very long....



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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by ccr » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:22 pm

Many have said epinephrine, and i'm wondering how often it is needed and how long does it last (shelf life).
i know as much about this as anything else i don't know much about
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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Silver » Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:00 pm

ccr wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:22 pm
Many have said epinephrine, and i'm wondering how often it is needed and how long does it last (shelf life).
That's a good question. I've never had it and I've never needed it.... yet.

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Hereford2 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:18 pm

For bleeding Navels on calves a handful of cyan pepper stops the bleeding fast!

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by TexasBred » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:02 am

ccr wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:22 pm
Many have said epinephrine, and i'm wondering how often it is needed and how long does it last (shelf life).
We use to have to use it maybe once a month when giving dairy cattle all their shots post calving. The occasional one would have a reaction and stagger out of chute and collapse. The stuff is cheap and as best I could tell was still effective after many months on the shelf. If you only save one cow your way ahead.
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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:35 pm

LOL - I have always carried it - never used it - but needed it once BEFORE I bought some. Mine surely wouldn't help anything. It must be nearly as old as I am LMAO
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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Hippie Rancher » Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:23 pm

ccr wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:22 pm
Many have said epinephrine, and i'm wondering how often it is needed and how long does it last (shelf life).
bought some many decades ago, never used it

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Aaron » Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:49 pm

Basically walk through the farm store aisle with all the vet supplies and buy at least one of each to have on hand. Cuz shyt hits the fan after closing time, 95% of the time.
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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Silver » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:52 am

I forgot to mention casting material. A must have. And now that I think of it I better add it to my list for pre calving shopping.

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by greggy » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:27 pm

We usually have cement and fallen tree branches, if the cement has hardened, we use a mix of calcium, salt and magnesium as it is usually around :D :cowboy: :kid: :clap: :banana:

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by greggy » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:32 pm

Silver wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:49 pm
I would add to the great items listed previously ( I may have missed some listed): hemostats, catgut, scalpels, local anesthetic, surgical gloves, metacam, surgical gloves, icing sugar, oxytocin, head snare.... now that I think of it I think the list is very long....
Nah, your missing some stuff, just can't quite think of the items now, they will be in your dedicated first aid truck.

What do you keep for yourself ? I have band aids somewhere :cboy: he haw..

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Silver » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:30 pm

greggy wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:32 pm
Silver wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:49 pm
I would add to the great items listed previously ( I may have missed some listed): hemostats, catgut, scalpels, local anesthetic, surgical gloves, metacam, surgical gloves, icing sugar, oxytocin, head snare.... now that I think of it I think the list is very long....
Nah, your missing some stuff, just can't quite think of the items now, they will be in your dedicated first aid truck.

What do you keep for yourself ? I have band aids somewhere :cboy: he haw..
For myself mostly just Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and anything I can think of to make my bones not hurt all the time! :lol2:

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by greggy » Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:38 am

I have permanent pain in some joints, or, persistent for last 12 plus months rather , I have a very simple fix....

Get outside and shovel and shift feed till something else hurts more, or you warm up - whichever is first, I do not have time for the pain killers......lol

Either that, or get nagged to death inside or whenever stock can see you outside... :lol: :help: :hide:

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by TCRanch » Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:56 am

Sugar? Recently read on another cattle forum to use sugar if you have a calf with a swollen tongue (from a difficult delivery/dyscotia). Coat the tongue and inside of the mouth and it will make the swelling go down and provide a little extra energy. There was some debate whether powdered sugar (because of the corn starch) or regular, granular sugar was more effective. Also sometimes used with a uterine prolapse. Don't know if it actually works but was intrigued.

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Re: Cattle “first aid kit”

Post by Silver » Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:32 am

TCRanch wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:56 am
Sugar? Recently read on another cattle forum to use sugar if you have a calf with a swollen tongue (from a difficult delivery/dyscotia). Coat the tongue and inside of the mouth and it will make the swelling go down and provide a little extra energy. There was some debate whether powdered sugar (because of the corn starch) or regular, granular sugar was more effective. Also sometimes used with a uterine prolapse. Don't know if it actually works but was intrigued.
Icing sugar does work to shrink a prolapse for sure.

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