Dog First Aid Kit – Be Prepared in a Canine Catastrophe

04/27/2011

Dog First Aid

Disaster sometimes strikes and unfortunately we never know when it can happen to us or our pets. We can, however, be prepared. One of the best ways to prevent a bad situation from turning worse is to keep a well stocked dog first aid kit tucked away at home. We normally have one on hand for human emergencies so it really only makes since to be ready in case an injury occurs to our beloved pet pals as well.

An excellent way to make sure that you have everything you might need is to put together a disaster-proof dog first aid kit yourself. You can keep a complete kit in your house at all times and make a smaller, more portable version for use in the car or on trips. You could also very easily put just one kit together that goes everywhere with you and your canine companion.

There are several plastic containers and cases on the market that will easily hold all you might need. Make sure the one you pick out have a lid that closes firmly and securely. Choosing one with compartments might make things more organized an easier to find. A container with a handle could also work better for easy transport.

We have put together a pretty extensive shopping list for a complete dog first aid solution. You can also just add items from the list that are missing from your family’s first aid kit to make a combined kit in case anything should happen to any member of your family, be they human or dog. 

Tools
• Scissors
• Tweezers
• Needle-Nose Pliers
• Nail Clippers
• Metal File
• Small LED light
• Medicine Dropper
• Syringe
• Leash
• Muzzle (Gauze can also be used)
• Cotton Balls
• Cotton Swabs
• Towel or Thermal Blanket
• Wipes
• Thermometer
• Mineral Oil
• Latex Gloves
• Dish Soap
• Cold and Heat Packs

Bandaging
• Gauze Squares (various sizes)
• Gauze Bandages
• Medical Tape – paper and adhesive
• Non-Stick Pads

Medicines
• Disinfectant (Betadine)
• Triple Antibiotic Ointment
• Antibiotic Ophthalmic Ointment (for eyes)
• Eye Wash
• Saline
• Anti-Diarrheal
• Benadryl  (acquire from veterinarian)
• Cortisone Spray
• Ear Cleaning Solution
• Hydrogen Peroxide
• Activated Charcoal
• Styptic Powder or Sticks
• Rehydrating Solution
• Nutritional Supplements
• Styptic Powder or Sticks

Emergency Info Sheet
This should include telephone numbers, addresses, and brief directions for your normal veterinarian and a local emergency clinic as well as a number for poison control.

 

 

 

Dog First AidWe all hate to think of anything painful happening to our pets, but if an emergency does arise someday it is far better to be prepared. With a well supplied dog first aid kit you will be able to fix a lot of small injuries before they become big problems. You can also do a lot for the comfort and safety of your furry friend when the injury is more serious in order to buy some time to get to a vet or emergency clinic. It is far better to have these items on hand and not need them then to desperately need them for dog first aid and not have them at all.

Russ Barker is a supporter of always being prepared. He believes that having the necessary tools can make all the difference in an emergency situation. Russ contributes helpful pet-related articles regularly to the Dog Tag Art Blog. DogTagArt.com supplies bright stylish pet ID tags with beautiful artwork and personalization in order to get pet owners excited about tagging their pets. Their line of durable custom dog tags uses creativity to ensure that pet's are returned home safely when lost.
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