Every dog owner should have a first aid kit in their home made just for their hound. You never know when your pup might end up with a scratch, insect bite or minor skin disorder which can be easily and effectively treated at home. Keeping a few medical essentials ensures you are prepared for those days that your dog might need a touch of first aid.
Make a note of any emergency telephone numbers that you may need should your pet become injured. Include your regular vet, an out of hours vet, and poison control phone numbers. You could also include the address and directions to the vets, so that you can find your way easily should you need to get there in a hurry or so friends or family members know how take them to the vet if you aren’t here.
Dogs are prone to eating some pretty nasty things if they can get the opportunity; as a result they can sometimes suffer from an upset stomach. Keep a probiotic supplement and diarrhea treatment in your first aid kit for helping you dog through having short term digestive issues. In addition, keep a rehydrating solution in case your dog gets sick and can’t keep water down.
Make sure that your first aid kit contains plenty of helpful items which will keep your dog safe. This may include a cone or inflatable collar to prevent wound licking, and a muzzle to ensue your own safety should your dog become distressed. For smaller dogs have a pet carrier nearby, and for larger dogs include a large towel which can be used as a stretcher if necessary.
Of course, no dog first aid kit is complete without the appropriate medicines. If you are planning on using medicine with your dog, consult a veterinarian professional first. For a complete kit, include the following:
● Antihistamine, with guidance from your vet on dosage
● Anti-itch spray
● Activated charcoal to soak up poisons
● Hydrogen peroxide to produce vomiting
● Triple Antibiotic skin cream
Should your dog end up with a nasty cut or scratch you will be glad to have bandaging materials at your disposal. Gauze, bandage rolls and first aid tape should all be in your dog’s first aid kit, and you may want to add cornstarch to help stop bleeding.