Creating a First Aid Kit for the Dogs Inside Your Home

Creating a First Aid Kit for the Dogs Inside Your Home

Protecting your pet’s health and well-being is easy when you have the right supplies on hand.

A first aid kit is vital for safety purposes. You have one in your home, car, and workplace. If you’re female, you may even carry one in your purse for safekeeping. You never know when you’ll need to bandage a scraped knee on a little one or prevent a papercut from bleeding.

Being a responsible pet owner means that you account for your dog’s needs at all time. Creating a first aid kit for your four-legged friend is a necessity. You never know when an unthinkable situation will occur with your pet which is why it’s always best to be well-prepared.

There are many things you can add to your pet first aid kit. The list mentioned here can be added to based on your dogs’ unique needs. You can add to or omit things from the medical supply kit however you see fit. You’ll find that most standard pre-assembled kits come with the following supplies in them.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Good for cleaning wounds and inducing vomiting in pets who consume something toxic, this substance needs to be fresh and 3%. It’s best to ask a vet or the poison control center if it is safe to give to your dog. A small amount, when swallowed, cause canines to vomit and rid their bodies of toxic substances. 

Medical Tools

Blunt-end scissors help you cut off pieces of adhesive, so you can cover wounds or wrap a sprained leg. Tweezers help you extract objects that have become lodged on your dog’s paws or on their body. These items should be sterilized after every use to prevent infections from occurring. 

Pet Wound Care Products

Non-toxic skin care products such as Corigem Spray, Corigem Balm or Corigem Cream should be included in the kit because they are antibacterial, antifungal, and effective for healing a variety of wounds quickly and effectively. You should also have different sizes of absorbent gauze pads, adhesive tape, alcohol wipes, cotton balls and swabs, and disposable gloves according to the ASPCA’s recommendations. 

Miscellaneous Items

An oral syringe or turkey baster helps administer liquid medications when a pet is ill. It is also handy for getting a dog to drink the Hydrogen Peroxide mentioned above. Puppies who haven’t been weaned from their mothers but cannot access her milk can be fed this way, too.

Other items that should be put in the dog first aid kit are a small flashlight and extra set of batteries, liquid dish soap for bathing, towels, an ice pack, and the contact information of your pet’s veterinarian, local emergency clinics, and animal poison control. These items help round out a rather large first aid kit.

Create a first aid kit for your pet that is stocked with all the supplies you need to treat a sick or injured animal. Make sure to carry a smaller version of it with you when you go for walks or take your furry friend to the dog park. By having the right things on hand at all times, you’re able to spring into action quickly and make a bad situation better.