Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Debbie Martin0
Do You Have a First Aid Kit for Your Dog?
If your pet is seriously ill or injured, you should take them to a vet as soon as possible. However, there are also some things that you can do in the meantime to help treat many illnesses and injuries before you can get to the vet. Consider putting together a pet first aid kit, containing important items that you can use to perform first aid and transport your pet in a safe and comfortable manner. Here are some of the items that you can include inside this first aid kit for your dog:
- Sterile saline wash – This can be used to help your dog if they have something irritating their eyes, such as smoke or debris. It is also possible to use this sterile saline solution to flush out minor wounds.
- Water – Simple water can be very valuable for rehydrating your overheated pet in the summer or soothing a burn.
- Bandages – Keep some gauze and clean rags to be used as a bandage to stop bleeding. You can even use a sanitary pad to cover a wound before you apply a bandage. This will help to stop the blood loss and keep the wound clean while you transport the dog to the vet.
- A Blanket or a Towel – This can be used to keep your pet warm, or soaked in cool water to keep your pet from overheating. It can also be used as a stretcher to carry your pet if they are immobile.
- Gloves – It is also helpful to have gloves so that you can deal with an injury without contaminating it. The gloves should be disposable so that you can throw them away after use.
- Tweezers – A pair of tweezers are perfect for removing objects like thorns and splinters from paws. Be careful to remove the entire splinter rather than breaking off the tip and leaving it inside.
- Rectal Thermometer – This is another handy item that should be in your dog first aid kit. If your dog’s pet temperature is between 37.5 and 39 degrees Celsius they are fine and healthy. Anything below or above this can be very dangerous. Don’t forget a lubricant to make inserting the thermometer easier.
These are just a few important items that you should have inside your dog’s first aid kit so that you can be prepared for whatever happens.
Please note – these tips are not a substitute for the professional advice of your vet, they are only intended as a guide. If you are concerned about your pet’s health you should contact your local veterinary practice for treatment and advice. If your vet is closed, visit their out of hour’s emergency service if your pet needs urgent treatment.