Daily Doggie Tips #10

First Aid Kits

We all hope that our pets will stay healthy and well, but emergencies do happen and it’s best to be prepared. There are many very good First Aid Kits on the market, but it is sometimes better to build your own. Here is a list of suggestions of items that you may like to use to make a first aid kit. Obviously this list is not exhaustive, it is only a suggestion, and there are many things that you may feel you want to add or to remove. If you need advice as to what to put in to your doggie first aid kit, then talk to the Vet Nurse at your local practice as they will be able to help you.

Basic supplies

• Absorbent gauze pads
• Adhesive tape
• Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
• Antibiotic Ointment (vet prescribed)
• Blanket (foil emergency blanket)
• Cotton balls or swabs
• Ear Wash
• Eye wash
• Gauze rolls
• Ice pack
• Muzzle
• Non-latex disposable gloves
• Nylon leash
• Paw Wax and protective bootie
• Petroleum jelly (to lubricate thermometer)
• Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F. Never attempt to take temperature without a professional having shown you first)
• Self-cling bandage (Vet wrap)
• Scissors (with blunt ends)
• Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
• Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
• Tick Remover
• Tweezers

Additional useful items

• Nail clippers
• Penlight or small torch
• Plastic eyedropper or syringe
• Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean thermometer
• Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals and pet supply stores and your local pharmacy)
• Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your dog’s collar when you travel)
• Telephone Numbers: of your usual Vets practice, plus any local vets if in a different area.
• Towels

I also have packed in my personal first aid kit:

• Wound powder
• Piriton ( not any other antihistamine, and I have spoken to my vet re: dosage for my dogs)
• Colloidal Silver
• Vet Prescribed pain relief – Metacam. Do not attempt to give your dog any other pain relief other than what has been prescribed by your vet.
• Prescription medication. One of my dogs has to have medication for his heart, so I always carry a couple of spare tablets in my first aid kit.

Having a good first aid kit is great, but you need to be familiar with all the items within it, and how to use them. For example, never take a dogs temperature if you haven’t been shown how. Their temperatures have to be taken rectally and you can cause a lot of damage if you don’t know what you are doing. Talk to your vet, they will be able to show you what to do in case the need arises.

The best way to ensure that you know how to use all the items in your first aid kit safely is to take a Canine First Aid Course. These are affordable courses that run country wide, and are an invaluable tool to have as a pet owner. Companies such as Animal Aiders run good first aid courses : http://www.animalaiders.co.uk/

Please remember that your first aid box is not a substitute for Veterinary treatment, and professional help should be sought as soon as possible.

The Daily Doggie Tips are not written by a Vet , and should NEVER replace professional Veterinary advice and treatment. If you are worried about your dog, always seek the help of your vet.

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