Canine First Aid Kit – Do You Have Yours Ready?

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You probably have a first aid kit to take care of human injuries, but are you prepared for a canine emergency? If you own a dog, you should own at least one first aid kit for him. Here, you will find information about what you should have on hand to treat your dog in the event of a medical emergency.

First Aid Handbook for Dogs

In the event of a medical emergency, you need to be able to make quick reference to information that will help you diagnose and treat the issues. Having an informative book in the first aid kit will help save you time as you look for information to help you treat your dog. If you always have your smartphone handy, look for an app that you can download and install to make it possible to quickly research symptoms and treatments.

Veterinarian Info

In addition to keeping your veterinarian's information on your phone, keep a business card inside the first aid kit. You never know what can happen to your phone, so you need to keep a paper copy just in case. If the business card doesn't include after-hour contact information, write it on the back.

Medical History and Shot Records

If you end up having to take your dog to a vet that he has not seen in the past, you will need to have his medical history and shot records. This can be printed and kept in the first aid kit so that the vet that is treating him know exactly what he has been treated for in the past and if he is up to date on all of his shots.

Medical Supplies

You must be prepared to treat injuries and illnesses. Keep these things in a first aid kit so that you are prepared for just about anything.

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Flashlight
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Ice pack
  • Gauze pads and rolls
  • Peroxide
  • Pet self-cling bandages
  • Antiseptic spray

Behavior Control

When a dog is in pain, he can become aggressive towards those who are treating them, including you. Always keep an extra leash and a muzzle in your first aid kit. If he does get aggressive, you can slide the muzzle on him and keep him from hurting anyone or hurting himself.

Talk with your local dog breeder, such as Petit Jean Puppies, or veterinarian to learn more about how to prepare yourself for any medical emergencies that your dog may experience.


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