If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you know that I am not one to have someone else do something that I am perfectly capable of doing on my own. One of those things is first aid or veterinary care for our livestock or pets. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to neglect my animals if they are in serious need of educated medical assistance. However, there are basic first aid and routine procedures that can very easily be administered by the everyday person.
For instance, vaccines. Vaccines can easily be purchased in bulk from various pet-med or livestock supply stores and administered at home or on the farm. Most, if not all, vaccines are administered subcutaneously, meaning under the skin, and dosage amounts are usually be weight. Vaccines are a lot easier than you think. Talk with your local feed store or a trusted livestock/pet owner about how to vaccinate your animals.
First aid and emergency medical care is another part of home veterinary care that I think that all livestock and pet owners should be proficient in. It is so important that you learn and understand how to treat common ailments like diarrhea, vomiting, fever and wounds. A livestock/pet first-aid kit is a MUST HAVE item that I think a lot of people neglect. I am not going to list contents because it really depends on what kind of animals you have. But I have a first aid kit in the barn that has remedies and care items for chickens, pigs and goats. And a first aid kit in the house for the dogs and cats.
There are many other not-so-simple procedures that can easily be accomplished on the farm; blood draw, birthing, simple suturing, castration, etc
Try to hook up with an old-time farmer that can show you how to do these simple procedures at home. Or resources on the Internet like Fiasco Farm, or books like The Encyclopedia of Country Living are great resources to look into!