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Basic Dog First-Aid Kit

Prescriptions — A backup supply of any medication prescribed by your vet.

Water — To drink and cool down body temperature (pour over the pads of your dog’s feet).

Bandage material (and scissors) — To clean wounds, stop bleeding, and to prevent licking and scratching.
Include:

  • - 1 roll of gauze
  • - 1 pkg. gauze squares
  • - 1 roll of Vetrap
  • - 1 roll of adhesive bandage
  • - 1 roll soft bandage
  • Hemostat or tweezers — To pull out thorns, ticks, etc.
  • Thermometer — To check your dog’s temperature (normal is 101-102° F).
  • Saline Solution — To flush eyes.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) or Betadine Solution — To flush/cleanse wounds.
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment (e.g., Neosporin) — To disinfect cuts/scrapes and speed healing.
  • 325 mg. Buffered Aspirin (e.g., Ascriptin) — To relieve sore muscles and reduce inflammation. Note: You can administer 325mg/50 lbs., but should consult your vet first.
  • Benadryl(25mg.)—Forallergicreac- tions; give 1 mg/lb (consult your vet first).
  • Styptic Powder — To stop bleeding (useful if your dog tears a toenail).
  • Syrup of Ipecac — To induce vomiting (useful if your dog has ingested poison; 1 tsp per 10 lbs.).
  • Muzzle — Any dog can become aggressive when in pain.

EAR TIP:
I’ve finally found a band-age that’ll stay on! Made by Band-Aid, they’re called Tough Strips. I’ve been using the large ones (for elbows/knees). It needs to be changed about once a day, but it’s been great—and I don’t have blood splatter everywhere!

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