Canine first-aid kit essentials
By Lara Borgerson, Best Friends Animal Hospital
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[April 04, 2013]
Every family that owns a dog
should assemble a first-aid kit for canine emergencies at home and
on the road. It should be complete, yet portable enough to take on
trips, and should include the following items:
Apply in layers to help stop a bleeding toenail.
tape and bandage scissors -- Contain bleeding wounds
-- Induce vomiting when advised by a veterinarian.
card -- Include pet's name, owner's name, owner's address and
phone number, microchip number, pet's weight, current
medications and dosages.
professional information card -- Include vet's name and phone
number, poison control phone number and website (888-426-4435;
emergency clinic number.
Corn syrup or
pancake syrup -- Rub on gums if low blood sugar is suspected.
Sterile saline eye
wash -- Flush eyes if exposed to irritant.
Muzzle -- Practice
applying in advance of an emergency. When a pet in pain needs to
be transported to a safe area, it may attempt to bite.
Rectal thermometer and K-Y jelly -- The
normal canine temperature is 100 to 102 degrees F.
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Blanket -- Can be
used for comfort, warmth or double as a stretcher if needed.
Leash and collar
Include extra dosages of current prescriptions and instructions
if prescription runs out before a refill can be obtained.
Flashlight -- Use
to closely examine injuries or to aid in a night emergency.
Benadryl -- Use for insect stings and
subsequent acute facial swelling. Give a dose of 1 milligram per
pound and call the veterinarian.
Keep this list with the items in the kit and replace items when
used from the kit. Instruct every family member on how to use each
item in the kit in preparation for most situations until veterinary
care is obtained.
[By LARA BORGERSON,