FIRST AID KIT GUIDE FOR CANINE PALS
Jordan Walker says that getting a puppy as a gift when he was younger has allowed him to fall in love with canine pals altogether. He also has other types of pets in his home and loves sharing his personal experiences as a pet owner at Coops And Cages and in blogs such as this one. In this article, he will teach you how to put together your very own dog first aid kit.
So you give your dog the best foods you could find in the market. You even invest in pet health insurance as an added security in case of serious health conditions. Do you really think this will cover you even in emergency situations? What would you do if your beloved canine pal is suddenly involved in an accident and medical help is hours away from your location? Even though expert medical treatment is highly recommended for most health conditions, emergency situations that require immediate aid on the other hand is a different matter. Emergency first aid should be performed until such a time that the canine patient could be brought to the vet’s clinic. With the help of a dog first aid kit, you too could be able to provide this treatment to your own four-legged pet.
What Should Be in Your First Aid Kit
Here are some of the top things that you will need when putting together your own dog first aid kit. Take note that these are just of the basic medical needs. You can ask your vet about the other things that should be included in it.
- Supply box. The first thing you will need of course is a container to hold all of the necessary supplies. You can have this in a bag, but a box made of plastic or metal with a handle would be better since these are sturdier and could provide airtight protection.
- You will need this to cut bandages. Other uses include cutting things that your pet could have been entangled to such as wires. This could also be used to remove unwanted objects from its fur such as gums.
- When dogs have cuts, they could end up licking these, possibly adding more damage to the injury. Wrapping the wound in bandages will help protect these from their scratches or licks, including other environmental contaminants that could possibly cause infection.
- Medical tape. A medical tape will be needed to hold the bandage in place. Choose microporous or plastic medical tapes that are easy to tear for easier application.
- The women in your house may be using these to pluck their eyebrows but these are just as essential in your dog first aid kit in the event that your pet has splinters or small objects in its wound.
- Saline wash. Saline wash is needed to cleanse your dog’s eyes in case these are laden with irritants or when flushing out unwanted contaminants in wounds.
- This will be used together with the saline solution in washing wounds or could also be used for administering fluids in your dog’s mouth.
- Liquid soap. If your pet’s skin gets in contact with toxic chemicals, the best way to get rid of this is by washing this with detergent liquid soap together with water.
- Bottled water. Not only can this be used in washing wounds, you also need clean water to refill your dog’s fluids in case of dehydration.
- Ask your vet about what should be included it. To give you an idea, many pre-packed dog first aid kits would include antibiotic creams, antiseptics such as Betadine, and Styptic powder to control bleeding.
- Thermal blanket. In case of severe injury, the towel can used to provide support to pet dog to prevent excess movement. Furthermore, this could help with insulation in case the weather is cold.
- A nervous dog, especially one that is in pain, could end up biting you even if this considers you as its best friend. With a muzzle on its mouth, bite accidents during first aid treatment could be avoided.
- Just like you, infection in dogs could have symptoms of fever. A thermometer will best let you know if your dog’s body is too warm for its own good.
- Petroleum jelly. The best way to get your dog’s temperature is through its anus. Petroleum jelly will be used as a lubricant for the thermometer.
- Pet treats. It’s very difficult to apply first aid treatment to a nervous dog. But if there is one thing that they cannot resist, these are foods. Add healthy dog treats in case you need to calm your pet during its emergency treatment.
- When handling an open wound, you should follow what medical professionals usually do and wear gloves to prevent bacterial contamination. Medical latex gloves can easily be purchased from your local pharmacy.
- Emergency numbers. You also need to anticipate health conditions that require expert help such as poisoning. Keep a phone card inside your kit, listing down emergency contacts. Alternatively, just store these in your mobile phone.
- Animal first aid book. This will help teach you how to address a certain medical condition when you don’t have immediate access to veterinary help.
Some Additional Tips
Now, having a first aid kit is essential, but this is useless if you don’t know some basic dog first aid to begin with. If you want a comprehensive training, Red Cross does provide classes in pet first aid, along with other organizations. You can also ask your vet if this is available in his clinic or you could get in touch with the community colleges near you. If you have a mobile gadget, you can also download a pet first aid app right from your mobile market. Reading first aid books on your spare time could also help even when you don’t have actual hands-on training.
You might be wondering by now why not simply purchase an emergency kit sold in online stores? This is indeed easier. Pay for it with your credit card and this will be delivered right at your doorstep. But will a size 6 dress fit perfectly for a lady who’s supposed to be a size 10? How is this relevant to a dog first aid kit? Just call it individual needs. While someone else’s dog will require some antihistamine due to allergic reactions, your own pet may not be in need of such medicines. By creating your own emergency kit, you are in fact creating one that is tailored to the health needs of your own pet dog.
Author: Jordan Walker
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages
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