How to Make an Emergency First Aid Kit for Your Dog
Having an emergency first aid kit on hand in case an accident occurs is an excellent (and smart) idea. Injuries and illness can strike your dog at any time and it's always best to be prepared. Having supplies on hand that you can use to care for your pet until he can be seen by his veterinarian is highly recommended. The best way to keep the supplies organized is to make an emergency first aid kit for your pet.
Listed below are supplies that you should include if you plan to make an emergency first aid kit for your dog.
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Extra leash (in case your main leash breaks)
Tweezers Tick remover tool
Eye wash solution
Towels (paper & cloth)
Rehydrating solution (Pedialyte)
Diphenhydramine for allergic reactions
Vet-prescribed pain medicine
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Now that you've gathered your supplies, it's time for the fun part to start. And what part is that, you ask? It's time to put the kit together.
Here are 6 steps to follow that'll assist you in putting an emergency first aid kit together for your dog:
Step 1 - Purchase a plastic or metal box to store the supplies. Don't forget to label the box.
Step 2 - Type emergency numbers (vet, emergency clinic, poison control center) on a piece of paper and tape it to the inside of the lid.
Step 3 - Fill your container with the supplies.
Step 4 - If your dog is currently on any medication, be sure to have a couple of days' worth in the kit. Keep a close eye on the expiration date and replace the medication as needed.
Step 5 - Now that the kit is complete, be sure to keep it in a place that's easy to access. Keep it out of the reach of children.
Remember to always consult with your dog's veterinarian to make sure he approves of the contents in the kit. If you have any questions about making an emergency first aid kit for your pet, your dog's veterinarian can assist you in customizing a kit that'll meet your dog's needs.
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Once you have a kit customized to your dog's needs, I would suggest making a duplicate kit to keep in your car at all times. Many emergencies occur while driving and you'll want to be prepared in case something happens to your dog during the joy ride. You may even find a stray dog that's been hurt that needs medical attention and your kit could help save its life.
Hopefully you'll never need to use the first aid kit, but you'll be prepared if an emergency situation does occur.
Jennifer Nicole Cox is a staff writer for Dogasaur.com and proud momma of one unique "Bentley" dog.