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First Aid Kit: What you need for your dog

When we think first aid, we rarely think of our pets. It's always a good idea to have a first aid kit stashed in your home, vehicle and walking pack. You never know when accidents might happen. Here are the most important items to keep on hand!

  1. Documents: Make sure to have at least your vet's contact info, as well as the closest emergency vet.

  2. Towels: Having a towel or blanket just incase the animal is wet, cold or bleeding is a good thing to have on hand.

  3. Bandages: All types of bandages, gauze, non-adhesive bandages, slings and wraps can be useful when dealing with injuries large or small. Cotton balls/pads and q-tips are also very useful to keep on hand for applying of ointments or cleaning of wounds.

  4. Tools: Tweezers, gloves and toenail clippers can be extremely useful in the event of an injury or snag. Tweezers or tick removal tools can also be useful when dealing with parasites. Small scissors can be used to help clear hair and anything wrapped around the pet such as wire or plastic.

  5. Hydrogen-Peroxide: Can be useful for cleaning a wound, but should be flushed with water to ensure all dirt is removed before applying. It can also be used in some cases to induce vomiting if your dog has ingested some kind of poison or foreign body you are unsure of.

  6. Antibiotic Ointment: Should be used after the wound has been cleaned. Usually with a bandage to prevent the pet from licking it off.

  7. Bottled Water: can be useful for cleaning wounds or providing hydration.

  8. Grooming Wipes: Can help when cleaning an affected area. Be sure not to use alcohol wipes or pads as this can cause further irritation and burning of the area.

  9. Hot and Cold packs: Cold Packs can help to reduce swelling in areas affected by broken bones, bruising and sprains. Hot packs help with circulation and providing comfort to dogs recovering from shock.

I hope these tips help you to create your First Aid Kit! Find out more information at the link below!

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