Home First Aid Kits for Dogs
Dogs are always going to get into scrapes, some more than others. It is, therefore, a good idea to have a home dog first aid kit handy so you are prepared (it is also a good idea to take some basic first aid essentials on dog walks)
So what should we include in our dog first aid kit
- Sterile Saline Wash. As with humans this is a great thing to keep in the first aid kit and can be used to rinse your dogs’ eyes if they get grit or smoke in them. You can also use sterile saline to flush out minor wounds. (link to bleeding wounds article)
- Water. Water can also be used to flush out minor wounds. It is useful for rehydrating a pet, soothing burns, washing off toxins, soaking a paw, or cooling an overheated pet. Don’t forget a dish for your pet to drink from if you are away from home.
- Bandages. These should be non-fluffy so they do not stick to the wound such as gauze. However, in an emergency, even a clean sock can be used as bandage material to help control the bleeding
- Tape. Is one of the most Micropore tape is useful things you can have in a first aid kit and is very useful for securing dressings (and is easy to tear). – I have seen duct tape used in an emergency as that was the only thing available
- Emergency Blanket. You can purchase Emergency foil blankets which can be used to keep your dog warm an and combat shock should the worse happen. If you do not have a space blanket then an ordinary blanket or towel can be used
- Gloves. As with all emergency situations both human and k9 if at all possible when dealing with an injury it helps to reduce any further contamination of the injury. Discard after use.
- Plastic pouches/bags. Used to cover foot injuries and help keep them clean, fasten with tape. This will help minimise blood spillages on to carpets, furniture and your car
- Scissors. For cutting tape, gauze, splints, or fur.
- Tweezers. Like with humans if your dog gets a splinter in his pad then tweezers can be useful for removing them. Using tweezers you are more likely to get the whole object than you are with just your nail.
- Instant ice. These are readily available from the chemist and an essential in both human and k9 first aid kits for bruises, strains and sprains. If you do not have instant ice then you can make one yourself. A simple homemade ice pack can be made by placing crushed ice in a plastic bag, removing excess air, and sealing the bag.
- Medications. If your pet is on regular medication, it is wise to keep a small amount in the first aid box. In addition, consider styptic powder, which is used to stop bleeding in cases of minor cuts or torn nails and sugar tablets for diabetic pets or a small pet with low blood sugar.
- Antihistamine. Ideal for bites and stings. However, with any medication, please consult a vet first as dosage will vary depending on your dog’s size – VetFone can help with this
- Washing up liquid. Washing up liquid is very effective in removing toxins from the skin and fur. Just remember to rinse thoroughly with water afterwards.
- Antiseptic hand wipes – these are for the humans and not the dog to clean up
- Contact details. It is worth making a note of phone numbers for your local vet and the emergency service. And also vetfone
- Medical records. If your pet has had any recent treatment or illness or is on medication, it is worth keeping a copy of their medical records to hand. If your pet needs to visit a veterinary clinic after-hours, your regular vet may not be available and the vet at the emergency service may not have immediate access to your pet’s previous medical history.
Of course, if things don’t improve then get your dog to a Vet as soon as possible.
This blog post is purely meant to be helpful advice. as we are not vets and this info is not intended, in any way, to take the place of the advice from your Vet. If you have concerns, please contact your vet or Verifone
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- Sticks and dangers
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- Mushrooms and the dangers
- Acorns and conkers
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