Dog First Aide

Discussion in 'Offroad Kids - Pets - Families' started by Jennifer Chapin, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. If you bring your Dog out on the trail it is a good idea to have a first aide kit for them too. Many of the items in your people kit can be used on K9's too but there are some additional items that can be helpful. One tip I learned was that to stop a dog paw from bleeding it to put it in a container of flour, which wont hurt any of us.

    Pet-specific supplies
    • Pet first-aid book
    • Phone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic (along with directions!) and a poison-control center or hotline (such as the ASPCA poison-control center, which can be reached at 1-800-426-4435)
    • Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other important medical records and a current photo of your pet (in case he gets lost)
    • Nylon leash
    • Self-cling bandage (bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur—available at pet stores and from pet-supply catalogs)
    • Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (don't use this if your pet is vomiting, choking, coughing or otherwise having difficulty breathing)
    Basic first-aid supplies
    • Absorbent gauze pads
    • Adhesive tape
    • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
    • Blanket (a foil emergency blanket)
    • Cotton balls or swabs
    • Gauze rolls
    • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting—do this only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert)
    • Ice pack
    • Non-latex disposable gloves
    • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
    • Rectal thermometer (your pet's temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
    • Scissors (with blunt ends)
    • Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
    • Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
    • Tweezers
    • A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
    • A pet carrier
    Other useful items
    • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. A veterinarian must tell you the correct dosage for your pet's size.
    • Ear-cleaning solution
    • Expired credit card or sample credit card (from direct-mail credit-card offers) to scrape away insect stingers
    • Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
    • Nail clippers
    • Non-prescription antibiotic ointment
    • Penlight or flashlight
    • Plastic eyedropper or syringe
    • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean the thermometer
    • Splints and tongue depressors
    • Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals, pet-supply stores, and your local pharmacy)
    • Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your pet's collar when you travel)
    • Towels
    • Needle-nosed pliers
    You can make your own kit or buy online or at leading pet stores.
  2. Great List! Great ideas!! Thank you!!
  3. The self-adhesive wrap is often referred to as "vetwrap." I carry some of that and a gauze roll for minor paw injuries like cuts, scrapes, or on hot rocks if I forgot my pups boots. A good place to buy vetwrap cheap is Murdochs.

    If your dog gets nervous when being treated I also highly recommend getting a soft muzzle. Even if they've never bitten anyone, in a very high stress situation (such as serious illness or injury) even the most gentle dogs just don't act themselves and don't understand that you're helping them, and there's nothing worse than getting injured as well and not being able to help your pet because of safety.

    Most of the other stuff is going to be in most first aid kits, it's all about becoming familiar with what human first aid stuff is safe for your pet.
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