Well, I think I will always be a day behind doing this project. So please bear with me.
6 APR 2014- BASIC FIRST AID SUPPLIES YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE!!!
Just like children and sometimes adults....accidents happen that require first aid. As humans, this usually means washing out the wound, applying anti-bacterial ointment, and covering it((i.e. bandage)). It is just a little different for dogs:
ALWAYS KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN A DOGGY FIRST AID KIT PLEASE
-BOX of disposable gloves-Protection not only from blood, but parasites, communicable diseases, body fluids in general. A MUST HAVE
- DIGITAL THERMOMETER- A normal temp for dogs can range from 101-102.5. Anything 103 and over, you should be trying to reduce the fever by wrapping their feet in cold towels/ice packs or standing in cold water((about 15 minutes on/5 minutes off)). Temperatures climbing 104 and rising need to be seen by emergency veterinarian because any temps reaching 105 start doing damage to internal organs!!! I have several in a plastic container just in case one won't work or breaks. ALSO have a small jar of VASELINE to put on tip of thermometer before inserting. A MUST HAVE
-HYDROGEN PEROXIDE- this is a MUST for dogs who like to eat things they are not suppose too. 2-3 TABLESPOONS should do the trick, getting it down is another thing! This product when used correctly will induce vomiting ((poison, foreign objects-if not logged, etc.)) If you have to use HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, follow up by taking your furry family member to the vet as soon as possible. Also Hydrogen Peroxide is a great source to clean wounds. A MUST HAVE
-ACE BANDAGE WRAPS-I find the self sticking ones work the best. A MUST HAVE
-Liquid Bandages-HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS
-TWEEZERS-for pulling out foreign objects out-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
-ANTI-BACTERIAL ointment-MUST HAVE
-EYE RINSE/COOL TAP WATER-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
-2-4 different size syringes((no needles)) for helping to pin point cleaning hard to reach wounds, assist in giving Hydrogen Peroxide, giving meds if needed. A MUST HAVE.
-BENADRYL-Both tablet form and topical((apply to skin)). A MUST HAVE for allergy issues.
You CAN buy pre-made First Aid kits designed for dogs/pets, or build your own supply. I have done both methods and I prefer to build my own. Cost wise there is not much difference. I hope this has helped.
GOD BLESS - keeping PAWS, CLAWS safe! ^5