What’s Wrong With My Chicken (Goat, Rabbit, Duck)? Home Health Care for Urban Livestock
All of us keeping urban livestock have, at one time or another, been faced with a sick or injured animal having no idea what to do. These situations are panic inducing and all consuming. While learning thorough health care for even any one species would be far too ambitious for this day-long course, we seek to move you from helplessness into action. This class will cover prevention, diagnosis, triage and first aid for several typical urban livestock. We’ll start with common sense preventative care, learn how to give a thorough physical, and how to use available resources to hone in on what is happening for the animal. We’ll address what general conditions you can deal with yourself, when to consider a vet’s support and when to cull. Getting more specific, we’ll give an overview of common ailments for urban livestock (goats, rabbits, chickens) and what to do when you encounter them. We will also point out overlap with dogs and cats where we can. Following this we will discuss basic first aid, medications and calculating dosage, and procedures you can safely do at home such as draining an abscess, giving a shot, hydrating with subcutaeneous fluids or setting a bone. As we would for ourselves or our children we will offer options for herbal and holistic care where applicable. With the variety of procedures you can safely do at home in mind, we’ll guide through what to gather for your urban farmer first aid kit. Finally we will take as many questions as possible until the time runs out. Instructors: K.Ruby Blume & Jim Montgomery. Registration info online.
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