Sharing a home with a dog isn’t limited to mere companionship alone. It also involves taking responsibility for everything concerning a dog’s well-being. Part of this is protecting them from ailments, such as allergies and infections and also treating them when they are hurt. This task is made easier if you have a dog first aid kit prepared. Find out what it needs to contain to be sure you are fully prepared.
Basic First Aid
- Thermometer and coconut oil – pet’s that are not feeling well need to have their temperatures taken. This is to verify that the pet doesn’t suffer from hyperthermia or hypothermia. Coconut oil will need to be applied to the thermometer to ensure easy inserted into the rectum for temperature checking.
- Bandaging materials like square gauge.non-stick pads. Include as well first-aid tape and band-aids and bandages
- Leash and muzzle for controlling the dog to prevent mishaps in case they act out due to pain or uneasiness. Your dog may typically be tame, but stress, pain and fear can cause them to act out in an uncharacteristic manner.
- Scissors, tweezers and nail clippers
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Clean towels and hand gloves
- Syringes for administering medicine
- Small flashlight for checking the mouth and throat areas of the dog
Having medicine on hand helps prevent any adverse effects from interaction with parasites, accidental ingestions, infectious wounds, upset stomachs and the like. Here are some of the basic things you should have:
- Natural antibiotic ointment, Skin Soother
- Plastic eye dropper coupled with eye wash solutions
- Antidiarrhea medicine
It is beneficial to have an all-natural topical balm for emergency purposes. Skin Soother is a very effective and efficient one as it soothes and heals contaminated portions of the dog’s body. Aside from that, it adds a protective layer to their skin, thus improving their overall resistance to contamination. This product works wonders on damaged skin because it is organic and has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Wounds heal faster and with less scarring.
Important Emergency Numbers and Documentation
It’s advised to have the number and location map of the closest veterinary clinic and emergency clinic in your area. Be sure to include the contact numbers of on-call veterinarians and poison control centers.
You should also have copies of your pet’s papers and documents in a sealed and waterproof container inside the first aid kit. This should include all their medical records, vaccination statuses, and a recent photo of your pet.
There are times when your dog becomes frail and will need additional nourishment or hydration. That’s why the following should also be in the kit:
- Liquid filled with electrolytes like Pedialyte and Gatorade
- Karo Syrup as a counter for hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This is usually rubbed on the dog’s gums to increase blood sugar levels.
Having a dog first aid kit prepared is really convenient for both parties. The dog will appreciate the immediate action. At the same time, the owner also benefits from reduced costs in hopes that the problem doesn’t escalate.
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is matched with his love for “attempting” to play the guitar. If you would like to catch more of him, you can visit his Google+ or Twitter accounts.