The Ultimate First Aid Kit For Your Pet, 6 Must Have Essentials

Health, last updated 03rd, Sep 2017, Aishwarya Kalyanshetti

You never know what will happen and it’s good to be prepared. When you are camping, driving across the country, or a natural, man made disaster hits, you need are going to want to be ready. Just like you have a first aid kit for the humans in your home, it’s important to keep a first aid kit handy for the canines in your life.

It’s best to put all of your Doggie first aid supplies in a bag, bin, backpack, shoulder bag or container that can travel with you on road trips, camping, on a hike and can easily be picked up and taken out to the yard or wherever your dog or another might need treatment.

Here are a few things you must have in your Pet First Aid kit to avoid delay in treatment.

Paperwork: Vaccination & Medical Records and Emergency Phone Numbers: If you are in the unfortunate circumstance of being in a critical emergency, you are going to want all of this information in one place. In the event of a disaster you may not have electricity, Internet or phone service. Keep a hard copy of all of this with your emergency kit.

Gauze, Scissors, Tape, Rubber Gloves: This may be more than one item, but they are a package deal in my opinion. In an emergency situation, gauze can control bleeding, act as a temporary brace for suspected fractures, and can even be a makeshift muzzle in a pinch. Tape can also act as a makeshift muzzle and scissors can cut an old shirt into strips to make a more solid bandage for larger wounds or to help if you run out of gauze. Rubber gloves are essential to any medical emergency. Always wear protective gloves and goggles or glasses if you have them.

Blankets or Towels: If your dog is injured or panicking, gently wrapping them up in a soft blanket can help calm them down and allow you to access their injury without being scratched or bitten. Microfiber is ultra absorbent and can help in sticky situations. Literally. A towel or blanket also offer a soft surface for you to rest your dog for an examination if the ground is too hot, hard or covered in sharp rocks and you need to get a better look at what’s going on.

Muzzle as per your dog's size: The dog will not let you treat him if he is in pain and may start rebelling, hence the muzzle

Digital Thermometer (Strictly Digital): If you are in a high stress situation with your dog, such as a nasty storm or a particularly traumatizing event. Its important to keep his body temperature in check.

Medicines: Talk to your vet about keeping a backup supply of any prescribed or useful medications in your first aid kit. If you are traveling and lose or can’t find the medication, you will always have a backup supply so you don’t have to panic or spend a day having your vet call in a prescription across the country. It’s never a bad idea to have a few diarrhea pills handy, especially if you are traveling. This includes flea/tick meds, any approved sedatives for traveling. Keep them handy, but it is always better to consult the vet before giving

Here are a few medicines that you keep handy:

  • Betadine Liquid-To clean wounds
  • Nebasulf Powder- To dust on the wound before bandaging
  • Hydrogen Peroxide- To induce vomiting if you suspect your dog has gulped something he shouldn't have.
  • Muciprocin cream- Antibiotic cream
  • Tab Allegrs (120 mg)- In case of any allergies (Example; redness near eyes, honey bee sting)
  • Tab Ondem (4 mg)- In case of vomiting
  • Tab Roko (5 mg)- In case on Loose motions
  • Tab Carodyl- Painkiller (Available only in pet stores)
  • Tab Crocin (Half Tab)- Mild Fever

You can give the above mentioned tab in case of emergency and you are unable to go the vet. Nonetheless all medicines should be given only after consulting the vet (at least over the phone)

Quick Home Remedies:

  • Home made turmeric powder helps heal the would real quick since it has antiseptic properties.
  • Honey mixed with turmeric powder helps in curing mild cold and cough
  • Salt water can be used to induce vomiting if hydrogen peroxide is not available.
  • 1 table spoon coconut oil for a good immunity system
  • Hot water bag in case any part is swollen
  • Ice packs in case of fever or as recommended by Vet.

Most important medicne that needs to be hanndy is the CANLLENDULA Drops and Cream. It prevent pus and helps the wound heal real quick.

The medicines mentioned are in consultation with Dr. Nikhil Umale, Pune.