First Aid Kit For Your Pooch Part 1 the Basics
You may go through life with your dog never having an accident. May you
never have to take your canine companion to an emergency. In all
likelihood, you will not avoid some of the cuts and bruises that fall
into every dog owner’s life. Like children and other small animals, dogs
have mishaps. They cut their paws or legs. A cat scratches a nose. They
need to have wounds bandaged. They may need to take medicine. They get
cases of diarrhea from eating the wrong things. Dogs need first aid.
If you wish to be prepared for life’s bumps and bruises, you should put
together a first aid kit for your dog. Make sure it is suitable for the
size of your dog. Try to place within it the very basics. You can use a
human’s first aid kit for a model. In fact, you can use one of your own
First Aid Kits as a container for some of the material. If you are able,
prepare 1 for your home and one for traveling. You might want to have a
lighter version for trail walks and adventurous rambles. This holds
doubly true if your dog is of the type called “accident prone.”
Basics For A Dog’s First Aid Kit
In the very least, your doggy’s aid kit should contain bandages,
antiseptic, and some type of first aid cream and styptic powder. A pair
of scissors is also helpful in cutting bandages and cutting away hair to
expose a cut or wound. Each piece in the doggy aid kit has a specific
purpose in helping your dog recover from minor cuts and abrasions. Each
must be light enough to carry if you make it part of a travel kit, for a
list of items you can view our first aid kit page and print it.
Bandages are the basic component of every first aid kit. These include a
wide variety of types. You should have small bandages, self-adhesive
bandages, gauze of various sizes and triangular bandages. You can also
add larger gauze or tensor type bandages - those in rolls. These can act
as an improvised muzzle in cases of an emergency. Some suggest the
inclusion of either diapers or sanitary pads. These can act as
compressors and double as large adhesive bandages.
Besides bandages, you will require some type of sterilizing agent. This
can be in liquid or cream form. You may even obtain some in wipe forms.
Hydrogen peroxide is a common liquid agent for cleaning wounds. There
are, however, other antiseptic materials possible. Ask your Vet for
suggestions or view our first
aid kit page.
First aid creams are another component of a basic first aid doggy kit.
The creams or unguents are antiseptic. They may not clean the wound, but
the material helps healing. It may soothe the sting of the abrasion or
burn. Vaseline or petroleum jelly has been a stand-by for years.
Another item you should have in your kit is a blood clotting factor.
While you can obtain such from your vets, you can also by it at the
pharmacy. Styptic powder is responsible for slowing down or stopping the
flow of blood. It is effective on small to medium wounds.
The last component for the very basic doggy first aid kit is a pair of
scissors. It is intended to help cut the bandages and any other
material. Scissors can also remove hair that impedes viewing of the cut
or wound. They may also come in handy for removing obstructions.
These are the very basic components of a dog’s first aid kit. Part 2
will look at other essentials you should seriously consider adding.
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