As we head into March, even with the mild winter we’ve had, dog owners are looking forward to spending more time outside with their pets. If you go to a park or on a hiking trail or even around the house, there are plenty of potential problems out there for dogs, especially given their curious nature. But if you are prepared you can prevent some of these things from becoming a major problem for you and your pet. I’m going to list some of the basic things you need for your first aid kit. This will fit easily in a fanny pack and many of these items can be used by you and other humans should the need arise on your hikes. Cat owners you too should have a kit ready as well.
I mentioned in the last blog the importance of having a strip of material to use as a muzzle. This is an essential element to your first aid kit, because unless the dog is restrained, it is almost impossible to move an injured dog who is conscious and in pain. Here is a list of other items to include from the Pet Tech Petsaver program text book:
Adhesive Tape – 1 inch roll
Gauze pads – 3 or 4 inch square
Gauze rolls – 2 inch for small pets, 3 inch for larger dogs
Individually wrapped sanitary napkins
Blunt end scissors
12 cc syringe with needle removed
Antihistamine gel caps – put a safety pin in the package to prick hole in cap and squirt into pet’s mouth
Antibiotic – ex. Neosporin
Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Vinegar or baking soda – used to neutralize burns caused by acids
Activated charcoal – used to absorb poisons
Petroleum jelly – as lubricant for thermometer
Chemical ice pack
Needle nose pliers
Extra leash and collar
Plastic bags – for clean up or to save samples to give to vet
Permanent marking pen – for marking sample bags
Towel or blanket large enough to use to transport your pet
Latex or nitrile gloves
Pet Tech offers pet first aid classes and can explain how some of these ingredients are used. The American Red Cross also offers pet first aid classes. You can ask your vet about this as well.
In addition to these items you should keep a picture of you and your pet together in the bag in case you need to prove ownership of the dog. Also you may have emergency numbers in your phone, but you should have them written down too. Your cell phone batteries could be dead and you may have to borrow someone’s phone. Also include a number for poison control.
Fetch! Pet Care of NW Atlanta provides dog walking and pet sitting services as well as providing cat care in Roswell, East Cobb, Marietta and Woodstock.