FIRST AID KITS FOR OUR FURRY FRIENDS
So...what exactly should I put in my first aid kit if I want to make one on my own? Make sure to include important paperwork, including a copy of medical records, vaccination records, and emergency phone numbers as well as your veterinarian's phone number. Here are some additional suggestions from the American Kennel Club (AKC):
A Pet Emergency Pocket Guide (such as that by Informed which entails information on first aid, illness, injury assessments, and a toxic foods list) will help you anticipate trouble with emergency planning advice, including a natural disaster preparation and survival guide
Non-Stick Bandages that are self-adhering and water-repellent that work well on dogs without sticking to their fur
Adhesive Tape that is elastic and breathable
Cotton Balls for the application of medicine or the cleaning up of cuts or wounds
Hydrogen Peroxide to help prevent infection in the event of any injury
Antibiotic Spray/Ointment for treating cuts, sores, rashes, dry skin, and allergies (suggested is Vetericyn Plus, antimicrobial hydrogel which is safe for dogs)
Milk of Magnesia and Charcoal to absorb and counteract poisons (consult Veterinarian first to determine the appropriate dosage that's safe for your pup)
Digital Thermometer (Amazon's top choice for oral thermometers is by iProven)
Medicine Pillbox moisture-proof pill organizer for dogs taking multiple medications
Scissors to help cut bandages or gauze to size when needed. (AmazonBasics Multipurpose Scissors work just fine)
Tweezers with stainless steel slant tips for help when picking splinters out of your dog's paw, or ticks out of their fur
Magnifying Glass (LED-illuminated is a good choice) for magnifying cuts, wounds, splinters, and more
Syringes (Frienda Large Plastic Syringe) or eyedroppers to flush wounds or give oral medications to your dog. Look for non-toxic syringes suitable for feeding pets
Flashlight (suggested is LED Tactical Flashlight with 5 modes and lasting many hours, also water-resistant)
Towel (Bone Dry Microfiber towel specifically designed for pets)
Soft Dog Muzzle Cover
An extra dog collar in case needed
Travel Bowls (like Awakelion Collapsible Dog Bowl)
ALWAYS consult your veterinarian when emergencies arise as soon as you're able to call him/her and don't administer any medications until you find out the correct dose.
For additional information on how to protect your pet from a sudden accident or illness download an e-book from the AKC to learn more about what to do in an emergency situation. Just go to their website to get it for free.
Stay safe, everybody (human and canine)!