Pet Care: DIY First Aid Kit for your Dog

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Your dog is more than just a pet; they are a part of the family. So isn’t it only right that you have a first air kit specifically designed for them? A do-it-yourself first aid kit for your pup gets you prepared in the event of an emergency. And since it’s portable, you can quickly grab it and go.

Basic Supplies
While a good bit of the items in your dog’s first aid kit will be pet specific, there are several basic supplies that are not designed specifically for dogs that you should keep in the kit. These include:

• Adhesive tape
• Gauze pads and rolls (absorbent and sterile)
• Foil emergency blanket
• Disposable gloves (non-latex)
• Antiseptic wipes, spray, or powder
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Rectal thermometer
• Petroleum jelly
• Blunt end scissors
• Tweezers
• Sterile saline solution

To save time, you can purchase a premade first aid kit and then add the extra items to it.

Pet Specific Supplies
Adding a few pet specific supplies will help cover all the basis in the event of an emergency with your pooch. Keep a first-aid pet book in the kit. This is especially important if you don’t have any previous first-aid experience. These books give you the basic first-aid instructions on what to do for your pet in an emergency. Make sure to include your pet’s paperwork (vaccination status, vet contact info, and current prescription list) in the kit. Other items to include are a leash, muzzle (never use if your dog is vomiting), and self-cling bandages that sticks to itself but won’t stick to fur.

Other items to include are:
• Ear cleaning solution for pets
• Nail clippers
• Antibiotic ointment
• Flashlight
• Syringe
• Rubbing alcohol
• Styptic powder
• Needle nose pliers

While not always considered an essential item in first aid kits, leg braces for dogs can help your pooch when he or she has experienced an injury. This is especially beneficial if they have dealt with a previous leg injury before. Leg braces can act as an alternative to surgery and even help prevent a torn ligament, or other injury, from become worse.

Conclusion
No matter how prepared you think you are, an emergency situation can cause you to panic. That is why it is important to keep your dog’s first aid kit in an easy to access location. Show other members of the household where it’s kept and go over with them what the items are for. Being prepared can mean the difference between saving your pooch’s life and them passing away.

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