Hopefully, all of us have a first aid kit in our homes. We try to make sure everyone in our homes are safe and that we are equipped in the event of an unfortunate health emergency. But what about our dogs? They, too, are susceptible to accidents and emergencies. Whether you’re on the road, out camping in the woods or just spending the night at home, it’s best to have a first aid kit handy for your furry partners. Better to be prepared than sorry!
Here is a list of things that you should gather in order to have a basic dog first aid kit ready.
Your dog’s vet information and a copy of their vaccination records.
You want to be able to have access to this information as soon as possible so that all calls can be made. It’s best to keep these in a spot where you know you will find them.
A roll of gauze
For bandaging and securing splints.
To rinse out cuts and scrapes.
Sterile eye wash
Do not mistake it for contact solution. This will help rinse out the eyes of foreign, unwanted objects.
A blanket large enough to wrap your dog tightly
This makes transporting your dog easier and safer.
You can get any common over-the-counter ointment. Be sure to watch for any licking as it shouldn’t be ingested.
Make sure you speak with you vet first to get the proper dosage for your dog.
Instant cold pack
Don’t forget to use a cloth between the pack and your dog’s skin.
First aid tape
1″ medical tape works quite well and is easy to tear.
Vinyl exam gloves
These are to keep yourself and your pet from contamination and for messy situations.
These are essential to removing splinters, thorns and those dreaded ticks.
The quickest and easiest way to untangle your pets fur, remove matted spots as well as cutting gauze and medical tape.
As with any human, each dog lives a different lifestyle. This is just a basic list of items that you should gather for your kit. Be sure to add any other items you feel would benefit your dogs lifestyle especially if you and your dog enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors.
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