It's important to have a first aid kit for your dog. You never know when you'll need it and be glad to have it when your best friend has an accident.
Here's our recommended list of Dog First Aid kit items:
Keep a list of your veterinarian's contact information, as well as, a 24hr ER vet (in case your vet is not available 24/7). We recommend having this on paper - you never know when your phone might run out of juice.
Tweezers - You'll especially need tweezers if your dog gets a tick. Our post on Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs shows how to use the tweezers to pull out a tick.
Kwik-Stop Styptic Gel will form an instant gel barrier to stop minor bleeding fast, i.e. especially for bleeding caused by clipping nails and minor cuts.
Antiseptic + Antifungal Spray specifically formulated to help speed the healing process of cuts, scrapes, and minor abrasions. It's a gentle, cleansing formula does not contain alcohol and will not sting.
Bandages - Need a band-aid for your dog, but it's hard to find one that fits? PawFlex Bandages is a line of bandages just for dogs. PawFlex bandages are a disposable non adhesive fur friendly super stretch all in one bandage that maintains a secure comfortable natural fit. The PawFlex sizes and designs are created for specific sized dogs and specific wound-care areas.
Alternatively, stock some gauze pads and rolls.
Povidone iodine - If your dog has skin issues/infections, hot spots, minor abrasions, and any other skin problems, povidone iodine is a great solution and you can buy it at any pharmacy or drug store. Dr. Karen Becker wrote a great article in the Huffington Post about the advantage of using povidone iodine for dog's skin issues, "The solution I use will take care of staph, yeast, and pretty much any common bacteria but doesn't sting or irritate the dog's skin at all. And it's safe if dogs lick the area after cleaning."
Dog cone - You probably already have one from your vet when your dog was spayed or neutered. The vet typically has them in clear plastic or a soft collar version. Last time we needed a collar for our dog Kobi, a Havanese, we used a different kind of collar - an inflatable collar from ProCollar. It seemed to fit our dog much better and he was less annoyed with it than the other collars we tried.
Scissors - Scissors are very helpful as to get a better look at your dog's wound, you probably need to cut some of his hair away. These dog hair scissors have rounded tips to help avoid any poking
We hope your pet says safe and in case of an accident, remember to call your vet asap!
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