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Handy Dog First Aid Kit

Posted by tlhsny on July 31, 2010 at 5:15 PM

It's important to keep an emergency dog first-aid kit on hand for when your canine buddy gets hurt. If you create a kit with the proper first-aid supplies you may be able to help your dog who has to be rushed to your veterinarian's clinic. Sometimes the right supplies can ward off an emergency altogether. Here are the first-aid materials that all dog owners should have in the house (and in your vehicle for your active outdoorsy dogs):


1. Gauze, sterile pads and "vet wrap" (a self-clinging elastic wrap). These items can be used to wrap a wound prior to transporting a pet to your veterinarian.


2. Scissors.


3. Styptic pencil or powder. This is used to stop nails from bleeding after being cut too short.


4. Tweezers or forceps. For removing splinters, ticks, etc.


5. Triple antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. You should only apply ointments to a wound as directed by your vet.


6. Antiseptic to help prevent infection in minor wounds.


7. Hydrocortisone cream. Reduces itching caused by insect bites and allergies.


8. Cold pack to reduce swelling.


9. Eyewash to rinse out dirt, and foreign objects that may get into your pet's eye.


10. Hydrogen Peroxide (10% strength). Peroxide can be used to induce vomiting in case of your dog being poisoned. Contact your vet or poison control center prior to giving your dog Peroxide and they will be able to tell you the proper dose. They will also be able to tell you whether it is safe to induce your dog to vomit, as sometimes it can cause the poisoning to worsen depending on the toxin they ingested.


11. Antiseptic wipes. Keep your hands clean, and also cleans cuts on dogs.


12. Alcohol prep pads. Use these to clean your tweezers, but NOT to be used directly on any type of wound.


13. Diphenhydramine. An antihistamine for allergic reactions to bee stings, bug bites, etc.


14. Muzzle. An injured or scared dog, even your own family pet, may bite when they are in pain. So it's better to be safe, than sorry.


15. Latex gloves.

16. Your dog's vaccination and dog license records. Too many people travel without their dog's rabies vaccination certificate and dog license. You should always keep copies in your first aid kit. If your dog runs away, proof of rabies vaccinations and dog licenses are usually is required to claim your dog back from animal shelters or dog pounds.


17. A list of your veterinarian clinic's numbers, as well as other emergency vet clinics in the area. This is especially important if you are traveling with your dog on vacation. Do your research and make sure you make note of vet clinics near where you will be staying, and your vet's number so you can contact them.


18. Your pet's prescribed medications and/or vitamins. In case of an emergency, you should always keep some of your pet's medications in the first-aid kit. So if you are forced to bring them to a vet, you will be prepared to provide them with the dog's necessary meds.


19. Flashlight. You never know when your dog may get injured, and if it's at night or during a storm that knocks out the power, you will definitely want to have a flashlight on hand to check your dog over.


20.  When in doubt, call your vet! If you are not sure if your dog should go to your vet for treatment, it's better to call just in case. DO NOT attempt to treat your pet on your own unless you have consulted with a vet first, as you may cause more damage than good to your beloved dog.


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