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What to have in a first aid kit for dogs

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Unexpected accidents often seem to happen when the vets are closed and if your dog has a cut, bruise or strain, you should be prepared to treat them. If you have a dog you should keep a fairly comprehensive first aid kit in your house and an additional basic first aid kit in your car if you tend to travel a lot with your dog.

You can get the necessities separately and put together your own kit or you can buy one ready made up:

A comprehensive first aid kit for dogs should contain:

  • Digital thermometer and lubricating jelly for thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Syringes – useful for getting fluid medicine down
  • Several pairs of gloves (latex or vinyl)
  • Pair of Tweezers
  • Muzzle, dogs may bite when they are in pain (you can also use a bandage or tape).
  • Emergency Foil Blanket
  • Surgical or Micorporous Tape
  • Absorbent pads
  • A few different sized bandages
  • Gauze Swabs
  • Plastic pouches for foot injuries
  • Saline Solution
  • Silver Shield Gel (disinfects, supports immune system, great for burns)
  • Dog Ear Cleaner
  • Quick Stop Powder that helps to stop bleeding
  • Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes
  • Pro-Kolin (or similar) which I have found good for stomach problems
  • Worming Tablets
  • Flea Preventative treatment
  • Dog Shampoo
  • Card with details of:
    • your name, address, phone no
    • name & phone no of someone to contact, in an emergency, who will take care of your dog if you are incapacitated
    • your dog's name and any information about any medications they take, any allergies or significant medical conditions they have
    • name & phone no of your vet
    • emergency numbers

If you have a dog who get nervous of fireworks and thunderstorms keep a stock of  de-stress or calming remedies

If your dog has skin problems or certain allergies you should also keep medicines that have been recommended by your vet and always check the expiry date.

Each dog has different needs so you will be adding other items to your first aid kit depending upon your own dog's requirements.