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Keeping your pet safe is one of your most important responsibilities as an owner. While complex injuries and conditions should be taken care of by a qualified veterinarian, minor issues can be treated at home. Even serious problems need to be tended to immediately before taking your friend to the vet.Having a first aid kit in the house and when traveling is essential for your pet’s well-being. You can create a first aid kit for your dog by assembling the following items.
- Your dog’s paperworkAll of your dog’s paperwork, from vaccination dates to important contact numbers, should be kept in the kit. It is especially useful when you are taking him for his check-up. If you have left him with a sitter when you are out of town, the papers will help them in case of an emergency.
- Anti-bacterial wet wipesThese are used to clean muddy paws, eyes, ears, dirt, and in emergency bathroom situations. You can also use them to wipe the excess blood from an injury or wound before administering any treatment.
- MedicationIf your dog is under medication for any condition, ensure these are placed in the kit along with their prescription(s). Include a few over-the-counter medicines for conditions such as diarrhea, flu, ticks, etc.
- Disposable gloves, scissors, gauze, tweezers, and bandagesIt is important to keep any wounded area clean and free from contamination in case of any injury. The disposable gloves allow you to do just that. You can use the scissors, tweezers, bandages, and gauze to treat the wound and provide temporary relief to your dog.
- Hydrogen peroxideDogs are always ingesting something or the other they find curious. Sometimes these things may be toxic. You can induce vomiting, to get the toxic substance out, using hydrogen peroxide. Learn how to do it before the situation arises. Print the instructions on how to administer the solution and secure it on the bottle with a rubber band.
- Antiseptic cream or ointmentAn antiseptic cream is applied for small scratches and wounds to relieve pain and prevent infections. Check with your vet to see which cream is the best fit for your dog.
- Leash, collars, and comfort toysThis is especially useful when you are traveling. If your dog bites through or tears one collar, you can use the one in his first aid kit. A comfort toy will help your dog cope with the journey and soothe him in anxious situations.
- A pet first aid bookMany dog owners are unsure of how to treat simple medical problems. A pet first aid book will help you when you are not sure of what has to be done.Ensure you replace these items after their shelf-life is up. Make a note in a small book and keep it in the kit along with the essentials so you can check them regularly.