Wednesday, 1 July 2015

What to put in your doggy First Aid Kit

Whilst we already have first aid supplies in the house, as part of the Canine First Aid Diploma Course includes the Canine first aid kit, it seemed like an appropriate time to set up a dedicated one, so that everything that might be needed by my canine guests will be quick and easy to find.

It's easy enough to go out and buy a kit, but that's hardly likely to be the most economic solution (and they never contain exactly what you want), however I came across this DIY Pet First Aid Kit. The list of tools included are very similar to the kit described in my course, so I'm in the process of putting my own together.

In the house, I'll store all the items in a plastic storage box like the one pictured here, but I found some very reasonable small first aid kits (can be replenished from the main stock), that can be taken out in the car, a handbag, even attached to a belt and on walks easily. 

Along with emergency information and telephone numers, etc., here are the basics of what we'll be carrying in our main kit. You might like to make one for at home too.
  • Adhesive Tape – For securing gauze.
  • Cotton Wool – To help apply ointments and clean up any blood.
  • Gauze Pads and Roll – This is to wrap wounds and can serve as a make-shift muzzle if need be.
  • Instant Cold Pack – To help cool down the skin if your pet is burned. 
  • Q-Tips – To help clean wounds, administer ointments, clean ears, paws, etc.
  • Towels & Rags – Used for washing, keeping the pet warm/cool, and transporting to the vet.
  • Scissors (blunt tip) – To cut gauze or to help cut long fur. 
  • Syringe or Eye Dropper – To give oral medication or to help flush out wounds.
  • Tweezers – To remove splinters, or other foreign materials from wounds.
Full details and images of the DIY Pet First Aid Kit.

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