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Supplies To Keep Hand For An Animal Health Emergency

Animals rarely pick a convenient time to have an emergency.
So when one comes up, it is good idea to be prepared and to have some basic supplies on hand and to keep a few things in mind.

For starters ask yourself, is this animal a pet? Or it this an animal that will be going into the food supply?
If it is a food animal that is injured, is this animal ready to be butchered? Or can you afford to wait until the animal is healed up and the drugs are out of its system?
For food animals, you have to be very careful of what you give them and the dosing. Because drug withdrawal times meat and milk are set to keep people safe.
Once these questions are answered, you can act accordingly.

Animal Health

Border Cheviot Ewe With Her Resting Lamb

General Supplies:
There are some general things that are good to have on hand no matter what species you have.
1. Disinfectants – Betadine and Chlorhexadine are examples of disinfectants. These types of disinfectants are diluted with water. With them you can clean off injuries and flush wounds and abscesses.

2. Bandage Materials – Gauze rolls, gauze pads, vet wrap, cotton leg wraps, roll cotton, white bandage tape and even in a pinch…duct tape. All of these bandage materials should be on hand in case of injuries.
Even for an injury that you will need a vet for (like a broken bone), you can help your animal by cleaning off the injury or stabilizing it until the vet arrives; or before you transport your animal to the vet. Broken legs can benefit from lots of cotton padding secured with vet wrap. Gushing blood can be slowed or stopped by the application of pressure from a wad of cotton secured by vet wrap.

3. Blood Stop Powder – You put it on to help clot blood. Flour and Corn starch will also work.

4. Electrolytes – Animals who don’t want to drink or have diarrhea/vomiting, or who are ill in general could all use some electrolytes. These replace the ones they are losing to diarrhea/vomiting or aren’t taking in.

5. Drenching Gun or Oral Syringe – For those animals who are eating or drinking, or those who need oral medications.

6. Gloves – Short exam gloves and the long rectal sleeves. The short gloves are good for when you are dealing with injuries or giving oral meds to help keep your hands clean and protected from zoonotic disease. They also help protect your animal’s injury from the bugs that normally live on your skin. Rectal sleeves are good to have on hand when you are birthing animals and have to go in to reposition a baby. Again, they keep you clean, and also keep the animal protected from your skin flora.

7. Wound treatments – for minor wounds, things like Scarlet Oil and general triple antibiotic ointments are useful to have on hand.
Furazone ointment is often used in horse but is a major DON’T in food animals. AluShield is a spray on bandage that is useful for covering minor wounds to keep the flies off.

This is where you have to start thinking about what animal you are treating and what its purpose in life is.
For food animals, you have to pay attention to medication withdrawal times and to which medications are forbidden.
Your vet can help direct you, because what is good in one species can kill another.

These are a few medications your vet may want you to have on hand.

1. Antibiotics – For most dogs and cats, your local vet can dispense or prescribe these according to diagnosis.
A. For food animals, (cows, goats, sheep, pigs) many of these medications are commonly found at your local feed store.
What type of medication your vet advises will depend on why you are treating your animal.
a. Penicillin G is an oldie, but goodie. It’s a broad spectrum that is the first line of defense for many ailments from wounds to retained placenta.
b. Oxytetracycline AKA Biomycin AKA LA-200 AKA…This is another broad spectrum antibiotic that is used in another plethora of ailments, from foot rot to pneumonia.
c. Ceftiofurs are also broad spectrum. These include Excenel, Excede, Naxcal, and Ceftiflex. Again, also have a wide range of uses.
B. For horses, Penicillin is also one that is commonly used, but SMZ-TMP is another broad spectrum your vet may want you to have on hand. Other antibiotics are used to treat a specific ailment and may only be prescribed when needed.

2. Pain/Anti-inflammatories – These are most commonly prescribed as needed for pain.
Often people often want to use human medicines, like ibuprofen, Tylenol, and aspirin, for their animals. But animals metabolize these drugs differently than we do and giving them our medicines can kill them.
So please, before giving your animal something, ask your vet.
For large animals, Flunixin Meglumine (aka- Banamine, Prevail, Flunixiject) is often one that a vet will let you keep on hand if there is a need for it. For large animals it’s their version of an NSAID. This medication comes in an injectable form for food animals and horses. But for horses there is also a paste version for owners who are uncomfortable with giving injections. Horse owners may also want to keep Phenylbutazone (aka- Bute) on hand.

Here are a few other odds and ends that you can have on hand as well.
1. Activated Charcoal is frequently used when an animal has eaten something toxic, like a poisonous plant.
2. Mineral oil is often a go-to for colicking horses. But it is also use when an animal has eaten something you want to have move smoothly through the guts with some lubrication.
3. Baking Soda is often used in ruminants to treat rumen acidosis
4. Diphenhydramine is mostly use in pet animals. It isn’t labelled for food animals and is good for allergic reactions.
5. Vitamin B Complex and Thiamine is helpful for ruminants who are off their feed or ill. TRuminants usually make their own B vitamins in the rumen, but when they don’t feel good, they don’t always make enough. Vitamin B Complex and Thiamine also stimulates appetite to some degree.

There are many other things you could have on hand for animal emergencies. These suggestion are just a starting point.
Each farm and home is different.
What one needs on Farm A isn’t necessarily what will be needed on Farm B.
In any case, talk with your local vet ahead of time about the things you may need in an emergency. Your veterinarian can help you tailor your emergency grab bag to fit your farm needs.
Dr. H

***Today’s post is authored by Dr. Risa Hanninen. Dr. Hanninen is a 2013 graduate from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.Her practice, Northwest PA Veterinary Service, is a mobile veterinary practice that stretches across seven counties in Pennsylvania and into eastern Ohio.
If you live in northwestern Pennsylvania or eastern Ohio you can contact Dr. Hanninen at (814) 573-7013

A Year’s Worth Of Food & Supplies

Every June I start anew the annual cycle of putting aside one year’s worth of food and supplies.
The goal is to have all the food and supplies I need in my pantry, cupboards, closets and cellar by Halloween.
My practical food storage education first began in the mid 1980’s when I attempted to store a winter’s worth of food and household sundries. I live on a rural back road in the snow belt and those days it was not at all unusual for us to be literally snowed in and house bound for a week at a time.
My winter pantry proved to be such a wonderful convenience and time and money saver, that by 1990 I extended my pantry and household stores to last 1 year instead of just the winter.

Food & Supplies

Food and Supplies In A Cellar

I took a lesson from my husband’s Appalachian grandmother and coincided the beginning of my food storage efforts with each year’s new gardening and growing season. For me the food year begins with planting the garden in spring and ends with the final harvest in the fall.
What follows below is this year’s pantry & supplies list. It’s the master supply list that I will carry in my purse and use for the next 5 months to help me store or buy about a year’s worth of food and supplies for 2 older adults.


A Basement Pantry

In practice the food and supplies will last longer than a year and I almost never completely run out of anything. I always end the year with a surplus of goods that are rolled over into the following year.
In theory, by comparing this year’s household & pantry inventory with the list that follows below; and then compare both lists with my future household & pantry inventory that I’ll take at the end of next spring, those interested in such things will be able to determine quantities of food and supplies that I use in my home.
From all 3 lists you’ll have a good idea of what my husband and I eat and consume in 1 years’ time.

Cellar With Food

Cellar Pantry

Such lists are fun to look at but probably won’t benefit anyone except me and my husband.
That’s because no two households have the same food ways, food preferences, living arrangements or dietary needs or restrictions.

If you study the list below, you’ll notice that there are no tree nuts or chocolate listed. That’s because chocolate provokes migraine headaches in me and my husband, and tree nuts are a migraine trigger for me. Chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, chocolate cake, brownies and chocolate pudding don’t happen at my house anymore and you should keep that in mind as you peruse the list.

You also won’t find any margarine, orange juice, turkey, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals; sweeten drinks, spaghetti or pasta because we don’t eat those things.
You won’t find eggs, fresh fluid milk or beer. We keep chickens, get milk from where we keep our dairy cows and buy beer by the case when we run out.
You won’t find dog or cat food.
What you will find is lots of canned pink salmon, tomato juice and white vinegar. That’s because I eat lots of salmon, like tomato juice for breakfast and clean my house with white vinegar.
You may not clean house or guzzle tomato juice at breakfast the way I do.
That’s why it’s important to understand what is happening in your own home and what you actually eat and use. Because every household is unique, I recommend that anyone who’s serious about the storage of food and supplies do a yearly inventory.

Upright Freezer

Upright Freezer In October

The items listed below that are marked with an asterisk * are items that I will buy at the grocery store or elsewhere because they are things that either I can’t produce myself or don’t care to.
Don’t forget when you read through my list that I have quite a bit of food and some supplies leftover from last year. You are not looking at a complete food or supply list for one year. You must add what I already have in my pantry and cupboards to get a better idea of what 1 year’s worth of food and supplies looks like for 2 older adults.

So without further delay here’s my 2013 -2014 Pantry & Supplies List.

*After Note*
My home garden and orchard is the mechanism by which all food storage and production in my home depends upon. Without a garden I don’t know how to economically run my kitchen or pantry nor where to get food or how to pay for it.
The list below does not take into account the fresh fruits and vegetables that are consumed from my home garden and orchard. In my location most of the fresh food production and utilization is between the months of May – October. The “fresh food year” starts with asparagus and lettuce in May, ending with apples in October and Brussels sprouts sometime around the beginning of December. Literally hundreds of pounds of food is consumed and processed for storage during those 6 months.



6 whole chickens, *# 25 chicken thighs,* # 10 chicken breasts,  ½ pig, # 20 fresh sausage, *#20 bacon, #*10 kielbasa sausage, *5 pkgs. hot dogs, *60 cans of pink salmon, *10 cans smoked kippers,
# 10 beef suet,# 10 leaf lard, (1 Dexter steer to be processed in December- approx. # 250 beef)

 Vegetables from Garden:

56 quarts tomato juice, 63 quarts tomatoes, 18 pints red beets, 9 pints carrots, 8 quarts frozen tomatoes, 20 quarts frozen broccoli, 5 quarts frozen zucchini, 5 quarts yellow summer squash, 8 quarts chopped frozen green peppers, 8 quarts chopped frozen onions, 10 quarts frozen sweet corn, 10 quarts frozen acorn squash, 5 quarts mashed frozen pumpkin, 6 quarts frozen cabbage, 5 quarts frozen Brussels sprouts


63 pints apple sauce, 21 quarts of peaches, 14 quarts of pears, 42 quarts grape juice, 6 pints cranberry juice, 25 pints frozen blueberries;  black berries & raspberries as God provides to go to freezer, *4 cans sliced pineapple, *# 8 box of raisins, *5 boxes prunes,* 2 bags of cranberries to freezer

 Fresh Fruits & Vegetables to Cellar:

potatoes, apples, pears, onions, garlic, 2 pumpkins, carrots, cabbages, squash, tomatoes (?) apple cider

Frozen Food from Grocery Store:

*10 boxes frozen spinach,*6 bags frozen peas, *5 bags lima beans, *4 bags mixed vegetables, *6 boxes breaded fish, *6 boxes Pirogies, *10 frozen pizzas


*# 30 butter, *15 pkgs. cream cheese, *30 cans evaporated milk

Condiments, Sauces & Jellies:

24 -36 ½ pints of jam & jelly, 14 quarts apple butter, 12 pints salsa, * 3 jars sweet relish,* 1 bottle ketchup, * 2 squeeze bottles yellow mustard, * 3 bottles barbecue sauce

Canned Soups & Stews:

14 quarts lentil soup, 14 quarts canned beef chili, 14 quarts lamb stew, 14 quarts beef stew, 14 quarts beef vegetable soup, 7 quarts split pea soup, 18 pints chicken cubes

Pantry Backbone:

*3 quarts red wine vinegar,* 2 gallons olive oil,* # 2 canning salt, *4 jars Miracle Whip, *8 # 4 peanut butter, *3 jars tahini, *6 pkgs. Jell-O, *5 pkgs., liquid pectin,* 5 boxes powdered pectin, *10 boxes lemon herb tea, * 12 large cans coffee,* 3 large chili powder, * 3 large paprika, * 2 large black pepper, * #.50 ground red pepper, * 1 bottle hot sauce, * 2 large ground cumin, * 2 large minced onions, *#1 ground ginger, * 3 -1 oz. bottles almond extract,* 1 bottle Marsala wine, *1 bottle good whiskey,

Flour Grains & Beans:

*#50 lbs. all-purpose flour,*#20 bread flour, *1 box cake flour, *5 large boxes oatmeal,* 1 box Cream of Wheat,*# 3 barley pearls,* #10 black beans, * #6 red kidney beans, * #5 chick peas,* #3 lentils, #50 wheat berries, * # 1 sesame seeds

Baking Supplies & Sugars:

*# 85 lbs. cane sugar, 3 quarts maple syrup, * 3 cans cooking spray,* 2 large bags of instant yeast,* #6 confectioner’s sugar, * 1 can vegetable shortening, * # 8 brown sugar, * # 3 shredded coconut, * # 3 chopped dates,* #2 dried apricots, * # 2 butterscotch chips


*6 boxes large kitchen matches,* 10 gallons bleach,* 5 gallons white vinegar, * 1 box borax,* 1 gallon ammonia, * 30 vacuum bags, * 8 large boxes Tide, * 6 large bottles Downy fabric softener, * 1 box dryer sheets,* 14 large bottles Dawn dish soap, * 9 large boxes dishwasher detergent, * 3 bottles toilet cleaner, * 12 cans Bar Keeper Friend, * 5 bottles tub & tile cleaner, * 50 rolls toilet paper, * 24 rolls paper towels,* 4 boxes Kleenex,* 6 large pkgs. paper napkins,* 80 tall white kitchen garbage bags,* 1 box -30 gallon size garbage bags, * 1 box wax paper,* 2 boxes aluminum foil, *mouse traps, * rat poison,


*4 large bags disposable razors, *4 cans shaving cream, * 4 large boxes Q-Tips, * 8 tubes toothpaste, * 6 boxes dental floss,* 8 large Listerine, *4 roll-on deodorant, * 4 mascara, * 1 brown eye pencil, * 3 jars old lady eye cream,* 2 large Tylenol, * 2 large aspirin, * 2 tubes hydrocoritison cream, *2 large Vaseline, * 3 large cold cream, *5 hand cream, * 3 cans hair spray, * 3 large shampoo, * 4 bags cough drops ( maybe make horehound drops too)* 2 bottles cough expectorant, *2 bottles cough suppressant,* 2 bottles Pepto Bismol, bar soap, bath oil, * essential oils for soap & bath


2008 -2009 Pantry & Supplies List

Sometimes when people look at my pantry & supplies list they assume that what they are seeing is a complete list of a year’s worth of food and supplies for 2 middle age adults.
Not so. My pantry and supplies list is simply a glorified shopping and “to do” list. It’s a tool to tell me what I must can, freeze, buy and do before the coming winter months. I try to have everything on my list completed and bought before the middle of October – November 1st at the very latest. What you won’t see on my list are things like milk and eggs. We produce all of our own eggs so there is no need to list that.

Buckeye Hen

A Buckeye Hen In The Spring

Milk – we buy milk from a local dairy so there is no need to list that either.
However, I do make sure that I always have canned evaporated milk for baking and cooking. This year I don’t need as much canned milk as in previous years because I have 12 cans of milk left in my pantry. Same goes for butter. I have 6 pounds of butter on my list – not as much as last year. That’s because I have 21 pounds of butter in the freezer already. We use just over 25 pounds of store-bought butter every year. If raw cream is available we will make some homemade butter. That is taken into consideration when I make out my list.

There are other items that don’t appear on my list because they are a part of the unknown in planning. You’ll find that there is still no Kleenex on my list. That’s because I have 3 boxes of tissue left from the original 10 boxes I bought a couple of years ago. I use facial tissues only to remove my makeup.

We get few colds. So as long as no one gets a bad cold or just a short one, we’ll be ok.
But if one of us gets really sick, we’ll be blowing our noses with toilet paper or cloth handkerchiefs and picking up a box of Kleenex when we are picking up our prescription from the drug store.
Same principle applies to the apples, potatoes, squash and other vegetables that will go to the cellar.
I can’t know in June how many apples, potatoes or other fruits and vegetable will be harvested. I can only make an educated guess.


An Immature Apple

So much depends upon factors outside of my control: weather, bugs, disease and acts of God. Ultimately it is God who will determine how many apples, berries and grapes are available to us in the coming year. If you compare this year’s list to last year’s list you will notice a change in things like the amount of jelly and jams.

Homemade Jams

Homemade Jams,Fruit Butters & Jellies

This is a reflection of changing household needs and concerns. I’m too fat and plan on limiting sweets. It’s an easy way for me to cut back on empty calories.

Changing needs are also reflected on the “To Do & To Get” part of the list.
Coal is listed. Last winter was the first time we burned any significant amount of coal in the basement stove. We plan to burn some coal again this year too. That’s a changing need.

Coal Hod

A Coal Hod With Small Coal Shovel

What I really notice about this year’s list is the amount items that I can’t produce myself; especially household cleaning products and over the counter medicine.
The OTC medicine is replenishing old supplies and disposing of unused products that have gone out of date because we never used them.
The household supplies are part of a natural cycle where I had an excess in the past couple of years and now I’m down to almost nothing.

I keep a copy of my list in my purse and I methodically go through the list and purchase what I need. In the past I have set aside about $35 a week for that purpose. This year that probably won’t change much.


2008 – 2009 Pantry & Supplies List


Meat: 25 chickens, 2 lambs, 1/4 beef, (#15 canned beef cubes), 75 cans of fish, 1 deer ground (?)

#10 kielbasa sausage, #15 pork sausage, #10 bacon, #25 assorted pork cuts from McKeans

Grains & Legumes: #15 white rice, #10 brown rice,  #5 walnuts,

# 30 steel-cut oats,#20 rolled oats, # 5 red kidney beans, #5 black beans, #5 Farina cereal,# 25 hard winter wheat

Fruit: Apples to cellar and as much cider as God provides

25 – 30 pints applesauce, #8 raisins, 5 boxes prunes, 20 quarts grape juice(?), 2 quarts cranberry juice, raspberries, black raspberries & blackberries as God provides, 25 pints blueberries, 6 bags cranberries – to freezer, 8 cans pineapple, 8 cans peaches

Vegetables: 200 – 250 quarts of canned, frozen vegetables & dried vegetables: green beans, corn, broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, squash, peppers, onions, tomatoes,30 quarts tomato juice, 10 quarts tomatoes, sauerkraut

To cellar:3 pumpkins, acorn squash, winter squash, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onions, garlic

Frozen food from grocery store: 8 pkgs. frozen green peas, 10 pkgs. chopped spinach, 1 box fillo dough, 4 boxes fish sticks, 4 boxes Pirogies

Dairy: #6 butter, #10 white cheese, 20 cans of condensed milk,10 pkgs. cream cheese

Condiments, Sauces & Jellies: 25 jars jams & jelly, 5 quarts apple butter, 6 pints salsa, 20 quarts spaghetti sauce, 5 jars tahini, 6 quarts BBQ sauce ( get new recipe), 7 jars mayonnaise

Soups & Stew: 25 pints of soup, 15 quarts of soup, 10 quarts beef stew, 10 quarts chili

Pantry Backbone: 10 large cans coffee, 20 pkgs. herb tea,10 pkgs. coffee filters, 2 quarts red wine vinegar, # 3 leaf lard, bottle good whiskey, #5 chili powder, # 35 white sugar, # 20 honey, #5 sea salt,1 can vegetable shortening, #7 brown sugar, 5 boxes powdered cocoa, 4 bottles dark. molasses, #2 sesame seeds, # 25 – 30 boxes assorted types pasta, 4 bags egg noodles,1 corn meal,#1 ground ginger,3 bags chocolate chips, 3 jars peanut butter, #2 black pepper,#1 red pepper, 3 boxes unsweetened chocolate, 3 quarts maple syrup, 8 cans olives, 4 jars artichoke hearts, 8 cans cream of mushroom soup, 25 cans tomato paste, 3 jars grated Parmesan cheese, # 3 confectioners’ sugar

Flour: #50 high gluten, #5 rye, #25 whole wheat,# 5buckwheat flour


6 boxes of kitchen matches, 6 boxes book matches,6 gal. bleach, 2 gal. white vinegar, 1 box borax, 7 large Tide, 8 fabric softener, 10 bottles dish soap, 6 cans cleanser, 3 pkgs. Scrubber pads, 4 window cleaner,12 boxes dishwasher soap, 6 bottles oil soap, 1 gal. ammonia, 5 bottles toilet cleaner, 5 bottles tub & tile cleaner, 12 rolls toilet paper, 36 rolls paper towels, 30 vacuum bags,4 pkgs. light bulbs,4 bottles all-purpose household cleaner, 2 box wax paper, 3 box aluminum foil, 4 boxes quart freezer bags, 4 boxes 2 gallon freezer bags, 2 mop replacement heads, 30 AA batteries, 10 bags rat poison



5 boxes Q-Tips, 5 mascara, 2 eye pencil, 8 toothpaste, 6 rolls dental floss, 3 large Listerine,4 shampoo, 4 hand lotion, 3 hair spray, 4 bags cough drops, 2 large Vaseline, 2 cough boxes suppressant, 1 large aspirin, 2 Pepto Bismol, 2 boxes anti diarrhea pills, 2 boxes Pepcide AC, 1 ipecac syrup, 1 Benadrl, 2 hydrocoritison cream, 1 box ibuprofen,1 box acetaminophen,



Check wicks & mantles

1 gallon clear lamp oil

5 gallons kerosene

Call chimney sweep

Clean oil furnace

Check fire extinguishers & smoke detectors

Pump septic tank

2 sets of sheets with pillow cases

Old zinc lids at flea market (15)



Check fuel oil level

Diverter in kitchen chimney?

New stove in living room?

Buy extra seed

Make hot bed by basement door