If your family includes a furry canine companion, it's important that you are prepared for any medical emergency that the dog can suffer. Whenever you restock your family's first aid kit, you should be restocking or putting together a first aid kit for your dog. This kit will go with you wherever you take your furry friend. Here, you'll learn what should be included in the first aid kit for your dog.
Book for Dog First Aid
Having a book on hand to research any ailment or injury that your dog can sustain will help remove some of the questions surrounding how to treat him. You can't rely solely on your smartphone to give you the answers you need in an emergency because you just don't know when you won't have a cell signal to perform the search – the book removes the possibility of not having access to what could be life-saving information.
Your canine first aid kit should include at least what is listed below.
- Gauze pads and rolls
- Antiseptic wipes and spray
- Bandage for pets – self-cling
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Instant ice pack
- Rectal thermometer and Vaseline
- Latex gloves
- Antibiotic ointment
Animal Control Accessories
When your dog is hurt or sick, he might show aggression that he's never shown before. Keep an extra leash and a muzzle in the kit so that if your dog becomes aggressive, you can protect him and those who are treating him from getting injured.
Keep a copy of your vet's business card in the first aid kit. This will make it possible to quickly make an emergency call whenever you need.
Ask your vet for a copy of your dog's medical history and a list of any medications that the dog must take each day. The more information that you have on hand, the better treatment your dog will receive if you have to take him to an emergency veterinarian or if your normal vet isn't available to treat him. Failure to have this information on hand can delay treatment substantially and in some cases, can mean the difference between life and death.
The next time you are restocking your family's first aid kit, don't forget the family member that can't speak for himself. Keep extra first aid supplies on hand so that you can restock as things are used and then restock the stuff that you've used.