Don't Forget to Pack a First Aid Kit for Your Dog

It's almost Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and with our discussions regarding grooming at home, it's not a bad idea to make your own kit. Plus, leaving a kit in your car just in case of an emergency on the trip to the groomer is always a good plan. You may drive quite a distance to reach your groomer, and even in a short distance, it's important to be ready for anything.

Better safe than sorry, right?firstaidfordogs

 

Supplies and Phone Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have

There are various supplies every dog lover should have in case of an emergency situation.

First, before you put together all of the necessary materials, jot down all important phone numbers (close family members, poison control, your veterinarian). 

Next, write down any type of medical history your dog has just in case the person/agency needs to take special precautions outside of the emergency situation. This also keeps your dog safer as the emergency team will see any medications your dog takes regularly, what types of symptoms to look for, etc.

Make the First Aid Kit for Your Dog: The Supplies

  • Gauze for wrapping wounds, cuts, etc.
  • Milk of magnesia
  • Active charcoal
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Adhesive tape
  • Nonstick bandages
  • An eye dropper
  • Digital thermometer
  • Muzzle
  • Blanket
  • Dog leash

Learn More About Dog First Aid

You can learn more first-aid procedures at the American Veterinary Medical Association's website by clicking here. The AVMA has detailed instructions on how to take care of the following:

  • Poison and exposure to toxins
  • Seizures
  • Fractures
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Heatstroke
  • Shock

Being fully prepared is critical to your dog's well-being. Don't panic and rush to the store immediately, but do so once you are able (the sooner the better). Not only will you be prepared, but you will have a new peace of mind taking another stride for your dog.