First Aid Kit: Dog Edition
I know if you’re anything like me, the thought of something happening to your pet is unbearable! I’m sure if the day ever does come where emergency sets in, I will be riddled with panic and shock. Knowing this about myself, I try to always be prepared in the event of an injury. That’s why I’ve complied a First Aid kit for my pups with the following items…
· Bandage pads
· Bandage adhesive strips
· Alcohol wipes
· Antiseptic wipes
· Woven bandage roll
· Bandage tape
· Triangle bandages
· Rubber gloves
· Large tweezers
· Blunt end scissors
· Rectal thermometer
· Petroleum jelly (for insertion of the thermometer)
· Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting in the event of poison ingestion – consult with a veterinarian professional before administering)
I use to keep these items in a clear plastic box, with everything nicely organized. After a while I realized this wasn’t the most practical means for storage as it was hard to pack. It didn’t fit in our “doggy day bag” and it took up a lot of space in our storage closet. I recently found this waterproof First Aid for Pets bag and knew it was just what I needed. This bag fits easier in our backpack during day trips and stores nicely in our closet while at home. Plus, it just looks so official. ;)
But being a dog mom we worry about more than just the potential injuries. We also worry when our pets are overcome with illness, ailments, or other pains. With that being said, here are a list of “pet friendly” over the counter FDA approved medications provided by Dr. Patty Khuly, PetMD*.
· Tagamet HB (cimetidine) – gastric/stomach issues
· Asprin – commonly used for pain – do not exceed use on your pet for more than 2 days. If the pains persists, take your pet to the vet.
· Artificial Tears – Conjunctivitis, minor eye irritations
· Benadryl – Like with humans, this is known to cause drowsiness in dogs – but can be beneficial when treating itchiness and hives.
Another common treatment for dogs come from the effects of a seizure. While I do not have any tangible items to include in your pet First Aid Kit for this, I do have a few helpful tips.
· Do not move your dog while a seizure is occurring + do not put your hand near their mouth
· Emergency care shouldn’t be needed unless the single seizure lasts more than 5 minutes – or if more than one seizure in a row
· So be sure to take note of how long the seizure lasts
· Make a vet appointment to follow up – your vet will run a series of test to exclude any other factors before diagnosing your pet with epilepsy.
· Once diagnosed your vet will probably prescribe one of the following medications - Phenobarbital or Potassium Bromide to be taken regularly.
Summer is upon us and that means outdoor activities, vacations, and endless days on the water! This unfortunately does heighten the potential of an accident, which is why it’s so important to be prepared. Before you leave on your next dog friendly outing, pack yourself a few of the items above. Or gather a few to keep around your house (odds are you probably already have a number of these items lying around). Give yourself peace of mind knowing that you’re doing all you can to be prepared – and give your dog the love they deserve by always being ready to provide them with the best care.
* petMD, L. (2018). Top 10 vet recommended over-the-counter meds | petMD. [online] Petmd.com. Available at: HERE