Have you had the experience of wishing you had something to treat a pet’s injury? Many pets will have accidents just like their people do when they are enjoying the great outdoors. Sometimes even a romp in the backyard can result in a mysterious cut or scrape.
For these little mishaps, that usually do not require a trip to the Vet, having a First Aid kit that is especially suited for your family pet can mean the difference between a simple cut or an infection that could mean costly care. If your dog has something stuck in them anywhere larger than a dime it is never a good idea to pull it out as it could be in an artery or vein. Get to a vet as soon as possible for an assessment.
Many of the items we have in our own family First Aid Kits can be utilized to care for your injured pet. These are some essentials you will want to include with your puppy supplies:
For a quick, easy application, these wipes are perfect. The first thing you should do before treating your pet, disinfect your hands. Sometimes a sink is not readily available, and you will find these wipes to be a great substitute for soap and water.
When it comes to killing bacteria and flushing out the wound, hydrogen peroxide is the best solution. It will not harm your pet if they should try to lick the wound. A small bottle, or even hydrogen peroxide wipes are a must for your dog’s kit.
Dogs have allergies and experience itchy skin and rashes just like people do. Some typical irritants include pollen, bee stings and plants such as poison ivy. Benadryl is safe to give your pets but be sure to call your vet to discuss dosage and the best ways to administer it. Make sure your Benadryl does not contain any other ingredients such as acetaminophen, which can harm your best friend.
You can apply Neosporin cream or ointment directly on the wound after disinfecting it. Neosporin is very effective at preventing infection. You should apply a bandage for at least 30 minutes after application to help it completely absorb.
In the old days, many fathers had these white “pencils” in the medicine chest, to use to stop the bleeding from a shaving nick. They are also great for treating the occasional bleeding that can occur when a dog’s nails are cut too short or from a small cut. The bleeding will stop much faster. It is only temporary however, and if the bleeding resumes, a trip to the Vet would be prudent.
Band Aids/Gauze/Tape/Scissors/Cotton Balls
Band Aids and dog fur are not exactly compatible so an alternative “bandage” may be necessary. You can purchase vet wrap from your local veterinarian or pet store. Many times, gauze and a good wrapping with gauze tape, secured with adhesive tape, is the best way to cover your dog’s wound. Cotton Balls are an excellent way to apply dressings, and are great for cleaning your dog’s eyes and ears. Sticky bandage material that sticks to itself and doesn’t stick to dog hair won’t cause problems and ouchy removal
If you are preparing to bring home a new puppy, don’t forget about their very own First Aid Kit. If we can help you find more information about how to care for your best friend, or new family member, please contact us.