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It is good to be always prepared with a first aid kit for your best friend. You could pack the kit in anything. Many people use their old lunch box, but any waterproof case will do the trick. In case your dog loves water, do buy a dry bag. You will find it in almost all outdoor sports stores.Do note that what is fit for you may not be suitable for your doggie. You must never give human prescription drugs to your best friend without verification from your vet.Standard kit
The following are part of standard DIY first aid kit for your dog:
- Emergency contact numbers: The box should have three numbers. One number should be the vet's, and other for the animal emergency hotline. The last one should be poison control hotline.
- Cotton balls: This is for all around application
- Saline solution: This can be utilized to flush sand out of your pet's eyes or to clean wounds. The easiest way is to use contact solution.
- Tweezers: This should be of a flat slant tip.
- Scissors: This must be dull ended. Pointed ends must be avoided to make sure that you do more good than damage
- Tick removal tweezers: These kind of tweezers are designed in such a way that the imbedded head can be removed. It it continues, there is a greater chance of infections
- A good first aid book : Choose a good quality book with an excellent reputation. A good quality book in this case is one which provides solution to a wide range of complications, from the allergic reactions to the technique of wax removal from your pet's fur.
- Latex gloves: You need it to take care of your friend. Buy a better quality pair.
- Antihistamine: Use this to calm your pet if it is itchy. It could also be used to redice hives and swelling caused by insect bites including bee stings. Do call your vet prior to administering any dosage.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: This can be utilized to induce vomiting if any accidental ingestion is made. Contact your vet prior to administering. Vomiting, in a few cases, may not be welcomed
- Small turkey baster: This can be utilized to flush eyes or wounds for administering the medicine.
- Roll, gauze pads and squares: If your dog is wounded, sticky bandages are not effective on a fur body. Special kind of bandages are available for this purplse. They are manufactured specially for dogs. These bandages will not stick to fur.
- Disinfectant: This have multiple uses
- Wound spray: Spray on the wound to help clean it. It will heal ulcerated skin, bites, scratches, burns and cuts.
Carry a few old blankets and towels when you travel. It is an excellent idea to carry some extra food for your pet and a second leash as well.