Last week we discussed being prepared for a natural disaster and how to keep your dog safe during one. I would like to expand on that topic and explore what items should be in your dog’s first aid kit.
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Dog first aid book
This is a great reference to keep in your dog’s first aid kit. Quickly find answers and techniques to common medical issues your dog may have.
This is important if you are traveling with your pup. Include his vet records, your contact information and the number and address for emergency vets in the area.
Extra Nylon Leash
It’s a great idea to have extras on hand in case one breaks.
When a dog is in distress they may snap and bite, even at their beloved owners. Keep your family and yourself safe by including this essential item. Get your dog used to wearing a muzzle before an emergency happens. Don’t use if your dog is vomiting or has trouble breathing.
Great for cleaning and sterilizing wounds. Make sure to use wipes meant for dogs.
This absorbs fluids from open wounds.
Self-adhesive bandage rolls
It’s important to use bandage rolls that won’t stick to your dog’s fur or skin. This is great for covering wounds and keeping the area free from debris.
Useful for removing bee stingers, thorns, splinters, or other types of debris.
Tick remover tool
This is handy for removing a tick’s whole body from your dog.
You may need to cut some of your dog’s fur to clean a wound or trim gauze. Blunt or round edge scissors are best to use on an injured dog.
This will help keep your dog warm after shock. It can also be used as a stretcher.
You may need it to flush out a wound or rinse out the eyes.
If the powers goes out, having some light to attend to your dog’s wound in crucial.
These are used for sprains and muscle pain.
Dog Nail Clippers
In case your dog has a torn nail, you can easily take care of it.
Another must have for your dog’s first aid kit. This will stop the bleeding from cuts or a torn nail on your dog’s paw.
This is used for preventing infection to your dog’s wound.
This is great for flushing debris out of your dog’s eyes.
This is good for allergic reactions, bites, and stings. Check with your vet for recommended dosage.
Emergencies can happen anywhere. So please don’t forget to bring your dog’s first aid kit when you travel with him.
What’s in your dog’s first aid kit? Comment below.
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