Just like humans, pets, especially puppies, can get into all sorts of trouble/accidents, and over the 12 or so years that your best friend is with you, there is a good chance that they will injure themselves at least once twice.
Most dogs love an adventure and love to explore. However, the world is full of dangers. These include poisons, wasps and bees, broken glass, cigarette ends and now facemask that haven’t been disposed of correctly. So, no matter how careful you are, no one cannot 100 per cent eliminate the possibility of accidents.
As both a dog owner and scout leader, I have done several first aid courses for both humans and pets. I, therefore, understand the benefits of keeping a well-stocked Dog and Human first aid kit both at home as well as when out and about (or in the car).
In this article, we look at some of the items that your pet first aid kit should contain. Many of the items you probably already have but some you may not have thought off.
Remember first aid means just that. You are making the patient (be it human or animal) comfortable and preventing any further injury until a professional opinion can be seeked
Some common dog injuries
No matter how careful we are when out on walks with our four-legged friend, we cannot totally prevent accidents from happening.
This list is not comprehensive but covers some of the most common injuries that your furbaby may suffer from when out on his daily adventure.
- Cuts and scratches
- Twist, sprains and Strains
- Wasp or Bee stings
- Snake bites
- Swallowing any foreign objects
- Road traffic accidents
- Getting into a fight resulting in a dog bite
- Contact with toxic and poisonous substances
- Damaged or broken claw nails
- Overheating or dehydration
- Eye injuries
- Stick injuries
Duplicate Dog First Aid Kit
This may sound a bit excessive, but many of the items in a pet first aid kit should be kept in duplicate. Why I hear you ask? The answer is simple one stays at home and the other one which is more compact travels with you in the bag on walks
Going for a nice walk with your dog is enjoyable and allows you to spend quality time together. However, as dogs are adventurous the chances of accidents happen when you are out rather than home increase
Due to some items in a standard human first aid kit being harmful to dogs it really is a good idea to create a suitable Dog First Aid kit,
Our Recommended list of Dog First Aid Kit Essentials
Paperwork along with vaccination details and emergency numbers
If your pet gets into trouble you or someone else may need to get in touch with a vet and this may not be your regular vet if it out of hours.
Not exactly a first aid item as such but is invaluable when you are handling a dog in any pain as they are likely to be in fight or flight survival mode.
Gloves are an indispensable item. They protect both the first aider and the patient when dealing with any kind of cut etc. They also prevent cross-contamination when used correctly and changed frequently
These are great to keep in both human and dog first aid kits. They are readily available from all good chemists and used for reducing the swelling in sprains and strains.
Simply activate the two chemicals by bursting the inner bag and wrap in a towel or something. Then
Bandages and tape
An essential in any first aid kit whether at home or out on a walk. Having various sterile bandages will help stem the blood flow of any open wounds until you can get to the very for professional treatment.
When applying bandages, make sure they are tight but not to tight they cut off the circulation. If the blook starts to come through the first bandage, do not remove it as you disturb the clotting process but apply another bandage on top.
Gauze bandage 7.5cm width: It is important to try and keep at least 2 or 3 of these in the first aid kit
Cohesive bandage: These are self-adhesive bandages that don’t stick to the fur. They are great for covering any gauze bandage.
Micropore or some other type of dressing tape is required to help keep bandages in place.
Tweezers are a very useful item to have in the first aid kit; They can be used to remove splinters from paws or if your dog gets stung by a bee they can also be used to scrape away the barbed sting carefully.
Both human and dogs can get ticks. If they are not removed correctly you will leave the teeth behind in the body. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, so it is important they are removed correctly as soon as you can
These are not used on the dog but are for human use. Antiseptics wipes or some kind of hand sanitiser will prevent cross-contamination and spreading of the infection.
Antihistian tablets such as Piriton
These are great to keep in stock at home and when out on walks. They are used to relieve bees or wasp stings symptoms, although you can use Beecarbinate of soda for bees or vinegar for wasps.
However, before giving them to your dog for the first time, it is important to check with your vets the correct dose etc.
This is a natural remedy and can be applied to any type of burns cut, infection or wound.
Water or saline solution
Purified water or saline solution is an essential item for both dogs and humans. If a foreign body enters the eye, use sterilised water to flush the eye or any other wound to remove foreign objects. It may be worth keeping a 5ml and 10ml syringe in the first aid kit for this purpose.
A Towel or blanket
Wrapping up your pet in a tool or blanket when they are frightened can help comfort them.
Any medications that your dog is taking should be kept in the first aid kit in their original containers. By doing this you know where they are for easy administration as does anyone else in the house.
Need I say more
Don’t forget when you go out for your walk to make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone and that your emergency numbers are stored. After all, you never know when something may go wrong, and you need to phone for help.
Your essential first aid kit can always to be used in the first instance to give emergency help to your dog, but always consider that there may be an urgent need to take your pet to the Vet to be checked out as soon as possible.
Each year, hundreds of dogs in the UK are involved in medical emergencies; they swallow poisonous substances, suffer from heatstroke, or are involved in road accidents. Knowing what to do in such an emergency may save your dog’s life.#
Other First Aid Item worth keeping in the cupboard
Torch: Not only can accidents happen in the dark but a small torch is useful for eye injuries etc
Elizabethan collar: These will help prevent the dog from chewing the wound
Pen and paper: Useful to take notes down to ensure the info you provide the vet is accurate
Plastic bag: These can be used to cover bandages when it is wet
Stainless steel kidney dish: Useful for filling with warm water to help clean wounds
First Aid Training
I am a strong believer that everyone should do some kind of first aid / first response course.
It’s obviously beneficial to everyone to know how to administer basic first aid, either to a human or a dog, but if you wish to increase your Whilst a dog first aid course is slightly specialised a lot of the principal o deals with cuts and breaks are the same.
Finchley Dog Walker has qualifications in animal first aid, so I am able to deal with an animal in an emergency, to the best of my ability and understanding.
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.