Just like you do, your dog also requires a dog first aid kit, that is stocked and ready for any situation or emergency. Chlorhexidine and a cotton sock are just a few of the items on a must-have list.
These are 10 things a dog first aid kit should always contain.
The Emergency Pharmacy For Dogs
Every home that has a dog, should also have a home pharmacy for it. This ensures that you’re always prepared for an emergency. With a pet first-aid kit, you’re ready for most situations, and will be able to respond quickly.
These 10 Things Should Any Dog First Aid Kit Contain
1. Cotton Socks
Keep something like a regular pair of cotton socks in the kit, as they are great for protecting your dogs’ paws if it suffers an open wound.
2. Saline Solution
A saline solution is excellent to flush your dogs’ eyes if it has gotten some kind of foreign object stuck in there. Get the same type of saline solution that you would use on yourself and your kids.
3. Rice, fish or cod roe
If your dog suffer an emergency stomach ache, you can put him on a special diet of either rice, frozen fish or cod roe to help his stomach deal with it.
4. Zinc Oxide For Babies
You can use zinc oxide on your dog as you would on a baby. Zinc oxide is great for dealing with small cracks and other skin irritations. Especially those on your dogs’ paws.
5. Canned White Asparagus
If your dog accidentally ends up eating some kind of sharp object, such a chicken bones or glass shards, canned white asparagus might be a life-saver.
The smooth canned white asparagus has the ability to wrap itself around sharp objects and can thereby help the objects pass through your dogs’ digestive system, without the object cutting up both the stomach and intestines of your dog.
6. Tick Remover
A dog tick remover is an important tool in any dog first aid kit. No matter how many different anti-tick products you buy, there’s always a risk of your dog getting bitten by a tick anyway.
Make sure you always have a tick remover close at hand, to be able to quickly remove any unwanted pests attached to your dog.
7. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has numerous benefits that are great at helping with injuries and diseases.
From nature, chamomile tea has disinfectant properties that work great for a dog with stomach issues. Cold chamomile tea is also able to soften small irritations of the skin, due to its’ ability to kill specific fungus and bacteria. A damp teabag also has a soothing effect on irritated eyes.
Having a good thermometer nearby is always extremely handy. If you notice your dog has fallen ill, you can quickly check if the pup’s temperature is either too high or too low. Remember to use vaseline when measuring the temperature.
Normal body temperature for dogs and cats is 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 to 39.2 degrees Celsius).Source: vcahospitals.com
If your dogs’ temperature exceeds 104 F, you should contact your vet.
You should always keep chlorhexidine in your dog first aid kit, as it will allow you to quickly, as easily, cleanse any wounds and scratches on your dog. If you keep a wound clean, it will be able to heal a lot quicker.
Chlorhexidine wipes are a particularly great way to quickly clean any wound or scratch.
10. Dog Ear Cleaner
It can get extremely uncomfortable for any dog if their ears are full of earwax, so make sure to always keep some kind of ear cleaner for dogs in your kit, for easy cleaning of your dogs’ ears.
Remember to only clean if you notice earwax! If you attempt to clean ears that are already clean, it will have the opposite effect, and cause more harm than good to your dogs’ ears.
Always Consult A Vet
REMEMBER that it’s important that you always contact a vet before treating your dog at home.
If your dog gets injured, it’s always advisable to contact a vet immediately. The vet will be able to give the required counseling, and in a lot of cases, it can save you having to drive to the vet.
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