As a pet-owner, you can imagine how stressful it is when your dog gets hurt or has got into an accident. They cannot speak, and therefore they cannot tell you anything about the sudden pain or physical trauma they are suffering. What’s even worse, some dogs try to hide their injuries and put up a brave face for their owners, and that makes things even more complicated with the diagnosis and treatment.
Having a well-stocked Dog First Aid kit in the house is extremely important under such circumstances. Knowing what’s inside the First Aid kit helps owners cut through the panic in their mind and administer the right medication in a quick and timely manner.
To begin, you can always buy a starter Dog First Aid kit, and then customize the inventory with special items and medicines that your dog usually needs. Or you can create your own kit with essential items from the checklist we have put together for you right here:
DOG FIRST AID KIT CHECKLIST
• Documentation: All documentations about your dog’s vaccination, medical records, prescriptions and vet contact information should be in one place – preferably inside the First Aid kit. The reason is this: in the event of you being away, or not being available to give care personally, a friend or family member will have all the information they need to look after your pet in an emergency situation.
• Canine First-Aid Manual: This is very, very important because unless you’re a vet or a trainer, you won’t know how to administer certain procedures like CPR in an emergency that can save a pet’s life. You can get a copy of a First Aid manual here.
• Hydrogen Peroxide: Use to make your dog vomit up anything toxic that he/she may have eaten. This could be pesticides, insecticides, household cleaners, poisonous plants – even human foods like grapes and chocolate. Find out about how to induce vomiting and correct dosage of hydrogen peroxide here. Hold on to this phone number as well: Pet Poison Helpline (800) 213-6680
• Pet-Friendly, Self-Cling Bandages: Keep a supply of non-stick bandages, gauze and adhesive tape to dress and protect cuts and lacerations. You can also wrap gauze like a gentle muzzle to keep the animal from licking at its wounds. There are adhesive bandages made especially for pets that serve better than those made for humans. Buy them here.
• Antibiotic Ointment/Spray: Dogs are always coming home with unexplained scratches and cuts that need to be sterilized and de-infected. Antibiotic wipes are handy too for cleaning wounds.
• Eye Wash And Ear Wash: Dog-safe eye wash and ear washes are effective in washing out external pollutants that are causing severe itching, stinging and burning. Apply before the animal can cause some self-inflicted wound by scratching at the irritation constantly.
• Milk Of Magnesia: For relief from gastric reflux, acid indigestion (sour stomach), and mild constipation. If dog has eaten some poisonous substance that is acidic in nature, you can use a dose of Milk of Magnesia to help neutralize the impact. Find out more about its use here.
• Multi-Purpose Syringe: This can be an eye-dropper too. Having a syringe is a great help to wash wounds and reach difficult-to-access parts of the body with medication when the dog is afraid and uncooperative.
• Dog Cone Or Muzzle: A hurting dog is bewildered and confused, and often less receptive to human instructions. Especially when the animal is fully aware that his/her owner is stressed out to. To prevent unfortunate accidents, like a bite, an adjustable muzzle or a dog cone are good things to include in the first-aid kit. If you don’t have one, then use some gauze to wrap the jaws shut while you administer treatment without worrying about getting bitten.
YOU CAN ALSO INCLUDE:
• A high sugar source like Karo Syrup
• Rehydrating solutions like Pedialyte
• Sterile saline
• Anti-diarrheal medicine like Pet Pectate
• Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions (obtain dose from your veterinarian)
• Bandage Scissors and tweezers
An extra leash
• Treats and extra food (if you are travelling)
• Flashlight / Penlight
• Magnifying glass
• Disposable gloves
• Cotton swabs, clean towels, blanket
• Rectal thermometer
• Lubricant like KY jelly
• Bitter apple or other products to discourage licking
• Cold packs and heat packs
• A new toy of the kind that your pet particularly loves