As a dog owner, you may find yourself needing to give your dog first aid. Therefore, it is well worth it to have a doggie first aid kit handy at home.
Dogs are curious creatures and sometimes may get themselves into dangerous situations. When they get into trouble, it will be your job to help. Many of the problems a dog faces are similar to those of our own. Until you can get your dog to a vet, he will depend on you. Having the supplies you need on hand will really help you to be effective.
- Rolls of gauze and tape are handy to slow or stop bleeding and are necessary in your doggie first aid kit.
- Elastic or stretchy bandages.
- Hydrogen peroxide is essential for cleaning wounds.
- Antiseptic wipes.
- An old clean blanket is essential for wrapping a dog in shock.
- A first aid kit should also include some antihistamine for bee or wasp stings.
- An antibiotic gel and an eyewash.
- Absorbent cotton, pads, scissors (preferably with rounded tips), tweezers.
- A rectal thermometer; syringes (without the needle) for giving oral medications.
Take time to learn the basics of first aid. Keep your vet’s phone number handy in case you need him. If you think your dog may need professional care in the middle of the night or on a weekend, consider calling your vet and filled him in with the situation. He may have some good advice or instructions to help you. Many cities now have pet emergency centers. It is advisable to keep their number in your first aid kit as well.
Keep in mind that an injured dog is scared and may bite. If you feel this is possible, a muzzle is another addition to your kit. Avoid giving your dog Tylenol. Ask your vet before it is necessary what kind of pain medication is okay and keep some of that with the rest.
Some dry treats, collapsible bowls and a pair of rubber gloves could be very handy at times. Put your doggie first aid kit somewhere handy so you can find it quickly when you need it. If you are traveling with your dog by car to an adventurous holiday, a good idea to bring the doggie first aid kit or make up a separate one to leave in the car.
Most importantly, check and restock your doggie first aid kit at least once a year and replace any outdated items. You will feel better when you know you are well prepared to look after your furry loved one in time of emergency.
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