Monday, November 7, 2016

First Aid Kits

Holidays are right around the corner! If you are traveling with your pet, it is always a good idea to pack a first aid kit. You never know what Fido might get into while away from home. A first aid kit will at least somewhat prepare you for whatever gets thrown your way.

So what should you bring?
Things I probably wouldn't think of until it's  after the fact...
  •  Pet First Aid book
  • Phone numbers and address of an emergency vet clinic in the area you are visiting.
  • Phone number of your personal vet.
  • Paperwork! All of your pet's vet records and a photograph of your pet. It's helpful to store these kinds of things in a waterproof bag. 
  • Leash and a muzzle. The muzzle is in case your pet is injured and tries to bite you. DO NOT muzzle your dog if he is vomiting or choking. 
  • Extra identification tags

 

 Basic First Aid Supplies:

  • gauze pads (non-stick!! Unless you want to be cutting fur.)
  • adhesive tape
  • antiseptic wipes
  • blanket/ towels
  • cotton balls
  • hydrogen peroxide (this can be used to induce vomiting, but first CONTACT YOUR VET before attempting to get proper instructions!)
  • ice pack
  • non latex disposable gloves
  • petroleum jelly
  • rectal thermometer (A pet's temperature should not rise above 103-degrees F. and should not fall below 100-degrees F.) Here is a link for how to take a dog's temperature.
  • scissors with blunt ends
  • self-cling bandages (these will not stick to your pet's fur).
  • sterile saline solution
  • tweezers
  • syptic powder (This is a powder that helps stop bleeding on minor cuts and scrapes).
  • rubbing alcohol
  • flashlight
  • antibiotic ointment
  • nail clippers 
  • Benadryl (diphenydramine). This can be taken orally or made into a paste and applied to a sting. For dosage, please click here. I recommend writing your canine's medication dosages somewhere handy, for quick reference.
  • Calendula cream (relief from hot spots and stings)
  • socks (for torn foot pads)
  • fine toothed flea comb (to find ticks)
  • TREATS!!!! (Your dog will probably think this is the most important one.)
I know, it seems like a lot of stuff and hopefully, you won't need it. But, it's always better to be safe than sorry and most of this stuff can be used on humans too. ;)

 

1 comment:

  1. Good doggy supply kit. Most people that own dogs probably won't have a safety kit for their pets, but it's a good idea to start now with your list!

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