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It is always good to be prepared when your dog gets things like minor injuries, that don’t require vets.
You could purchase a pre-made dog first aid kit on Amazon here and avoid all the fuss. The other alternative is to create a dog first aid kit yourself.
Emergencies can happen fast, that is why you have to treat the emergency properly, with the proper materials. I highly recommend you store the dog first aid kit in an easily reachable area you will remember to find.
Below are the required materials you should always have. I recommend you do not share these materials with your dog.
The Materials For Your Dog First Aid Kit
- Gauze Pads
- Adhesive Tape
- Rectal thermometer
- Cotton Balls
- A towel
- Surgical gloves
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Styptic Powder
- Eyewash solution
- Lubricant Jelly(Vaseline)
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Instant Cold Compress Gel Packs
- Instant Hot Compress
- Rubber Bulb Syringe
- Alcohol Swabs
Additional Dog First Aid
It is always good to have a handy folder with the medical history inside of it.
That may include dog medications prescribed, blood test results and dates, immunization dates, copies of vet exam sheets, and of course all the health problems and conditions your dog may have.
I also suggest you keep your veterinarian’s phone number in your contacts and written down as well. I also highly recommend you take not of the closest animal emergency hospital. Perhaps tape this information on top or inside of your first aid kit.
You also need to know how to use everything properly. Take time to familiarize yourself with each and every item you have inside your first aid kit.
Tip: If you have a kit or about to have a kit for your household, great! I highly recommend making a smaller first aid kit for your car that should get your dog faster help and treat most emergencies.
The bare essentials you should store in your car include:
- Lubricant jelly (vaseline)
- Alcohol swabs
- Hydrogen peroxide
Dog First Aid Human Mediation and Dogs
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs(NSIAD): Both Ibuprofen and Naproxen can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure. Some common brand names include Advil, Aleve, and Motrin.
- Anti-Depressants: These can cause vocalization, tremors, seizures, and agitation
- Acetaminophen: Tylenol, Actifed, and DayQuil can cause liver damage and damage to your dog’s red blood cells
- Methylphenidate(treats ADHD): This can dangerously elevate heart rates, blood pressure, and cause seizures.
- Decongestants: These can also dangerously elevate heart rates, blood pressure, and cause seizures. Some common brand names include Sudafed, Advil Cold & Sinus, Tylenol Cold, and Nyquil.
Benadryl: Treats allergies and itching (1/2 mg per lb. every 8 hours)
Buffered Aspirin: Treats pain as a pain reliever(5mg per lb. every 12 hours)
Dramamine: Reduced motion sickness(12.5- 50 mg every 8 hours)
Hydrogen Peroxide 3%: Used to stimulate vomiting(10 ml every 15 min.*not to exceed 3 times*)
Kaopectate: Relieves diarrhea( 1 ml per lb. every 2 hours)
Pepto Bismol: Used to treat diarrhea, upset stomachs, vomiting, and anti-gas( 1 tsp every 6 hours)
I hope you have learned something from this article. I hope you now have a first aid kit, and I hope and you and your dog(s) are safe.
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