Emergencies can strike at any time, whether you’re traveling, running errands around town, or spending time with your doggo at home. All responsible pawrents should have a dog first-aid kit prepared.
While there are various pre-made dog first-aid kits available in the market, it’s generally best to customize your own based on your pup’s unique lifestyle and needs. This is because a doggo’s first-aid needs largely depend on their age, breed, and lifestyle. So, don’t hesitate to seek advice from the puppy guru and dog lovers on theDogHood platform. Their recommendations, along with your vet’s prescriptions, can help you customize the first aid kit that meets your dog’s medical needs whenever you’re out and about.
Meanwhile, we have compiled a list of essentials that can help you during a canine medical emergency.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to keep a copy of important paperwork in the kit, including vaccination and medical records, emergency contact information, and more, especially when traveling with your doggo.
#1 Antibiotic Ointment
Are you and your pup the outdoorsy type? Keep ointments to prevent infection from germs and bacteria while relieving pain if the pupper gets a minor scratch or cut. It’s something every first-aid should have. Because sometimes, even minor scrapes and cuts can lead to several major health problems if they get infected.
#2 Scissors, Gauze, Tape, Rubber Gloves
This package deal is a must for all first aid kits. If there’s an emergency, the gauze can help control the bleeding while acting as a temporary brace for suspected fractures. It can also act as a makeshift muzzle for a pinch. Scissors can help cut old clothes into strips to make a more solid bandage if you run out of gauze and the wound is large, while tape can help hold the gauze in place. Protective glasses and rubber gloves help maintain hygiene and prevent the spreading of infection or germs, especially if you’re dealing with bodily fluids or blood.
#3 Wet Wipes
Besides helping clean blood or dirt off a wound, wet wipes help with messy accidents and cleaning your dog’s ears or eyes to avoid infection. Dirt, outdoor water sources, and fecal matter can harbor various dangerous parasites and bacteria, so maintaining a clean environment can help prevent infestations and infections.
Discuss with your vet about keeping a backup supply of useful or prescription medications in the first aid kit. You should always stock some vet-approved medicines, including antacids, flea and tick medication, sedatives, and drugs for digestive issues, especially while traveling. If you can’t find a particular medication or lose it while traveling, you’ll always have a backup supply.
However, if that supply also ends and you’re still unable to find the medication, don’t panic. Download theDogHood App to ask dog parents in the neighborhood to help you connect with local pet stores and reliable vets that can prescribe alternatives. Always keep checking the box to make sure none of the medication is expired.
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