Sometimes your dog may cut themselves on a piece of glass in the street or hurt themselves by playing in the forest. These situations do not require a trip to the vet, yet we still have to do something.

Here are a few tips to help you make your own first aid kit for your dog.

To not be helpless in these cases,  it is best to have planned a small first aid kit for your dog. The thermometer can be very helpful to ensure that your dog does not have a fever, and Smecta will help with intestinal problems, along with antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray that will help disinfect and heal any small wounds.

Also remember to disinfect your hands with an aqueous-alcoholic solution so as not to transmit germs to your dog!

For the first aid kit you will need:

  • Pet first aid book
  • Phone numbers: veterinarian, nearest emergency veterinary clinic (and know how to get there!), poison-control center or hotline (such as ASPCA poison control center at 1-800-426-4435)
  • Paperwork (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies vaccination status, copies of other important medical records, current photo of your pet in case he gets lost
  • Nylon leash
  • Sticky bandage (Stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur—available at pet stores and through pet supply catalogs)
  • Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (as long as pet is not vomiting, choking, coughing, or otherwise having difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
  • Blanket (foil emergency blanket)
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Gauze rolls
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting when directed by a veterinarian or poison control)
  • Ice pack
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate thermometer)
  • Rectal thermometer (your pet's temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
  • Scissors (with blunt ends)
  • Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
  • Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
  • Tweezers
  • A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
  • A pet carrier

You're all sorted!

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