Many of us would do anything we can to keep our four-legged friends safe and sound. Investing in a handful of essential medical items could be all you need in an emergency. Here’s what you need to keep in your dog first aid kit – you know, just in case.
Dressings and bandages
These are useful for all kinds of situations. The Blue Cross recommends that dog owners have large non-adhesive absorbent dressings, sterile absorbent gauze, open-weave bandages, and a roll or two of self-adhesive bandage – also known as vet wrap.
As well as everything you need to deal with cuts and scrapes, it’s also a good idea to have a pair of blunt, curved scissors to hand. A thick towel, cotton wool, and surgical sticky tape are also recommended by the Blue Cross. If you are really prepared, it might even be worth investing in an Elizabethan collar that fits your dog.
Dealing with cuts
Start by keeping the dog calm. Then, place some non-adhesive dressing over the top of the wound before covering it all with layers of cotton wool. You can then stick this to your dog’s fur using some surgical sticky tape. If you do feel that you need to bandage your dog, then be sure it’s not too tight. Include paws when bandaging legs to prevent any swelling and take your dog to the vet.
Dealing with burns
You need to run your dog’s burn under fresh cold water for at least five minutes. However, burns should ideally be seen by a vet. Be sure not to apply any cream to the area before you have spoken to your vet. If you need to travel to the clinic or there is a delay, then you can apply a wet dressing over the burn. Just remember to keep your dog nice and warm in case they go into shock.
Dealing with broken bones
This is a tricky situation to deal with and one that most pet owners want to avoid. It’s best to deal with any serious bleeding and to leave the rest of the injury alone. These types of injuries should be left to the professionals in case you accidentally cause more damage or get hurt.
Dealing with poisonings
Our dogs love to get into all kinds of things. However, they can also get poisoned by plants. If you suspect that your dog has eaten something it shouldn’t, then try to find the packet or the type of plant they have consumed. Next, immediately try to get in touch with your vet or any pet poison line so they can advise you about what needs to be done.
There are many times that things can flip from being the perfect day to a medical emergency. Thankfully, having everything you need to keep in your dog first aid kit means you can be prepared for most situations. To top it off, make sure that you always have your vet’s number or an emergency contact saved into your phone just in case.