Canine First Aid Kit…Do You Have One?

Canine First Aid Kit…Do You Have One?

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Emergencies catch us off guard. We’re surprised, often scared and unprepared for the situation. Below we have listed some essentials to have in your Canine First Aid Kit.

Canine First Aid Kit Supplies

  • 3- large garbage bags to protect furniture/car upholsterymedical doctor dog beside a blank banner
  • 2- rolls of 3” gauze bandage
  • 12- 3”x3” gauze sponges
  • Nonstick adhesive tape
  • Nonstick bandages
  • Neosporin or similar antibiotic ointment
  • Sterile lubrication
  • Saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • Eyedropper or syringe
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Nail Trimmers and styptic powder
  • Rectal Thermometer
  • Muzzle fitted to your dog
  • Benadryl (12.5 mg/ml liquid)
  • Latex or vinyl gloves
  • Bottled water
  • Gatorade or Pedialyte to use as a rehydrating solution
  • Honey for diabetic pets; place small amount on roof of mouth
  • Paper Towels
  • Towels or blanket
  • 2- 2 liter bottles to use as hot water bottles

All of the listed items can be used in emergency situations as well as everyday maintenance of your dog. Keep in mind that we are not recommending that you try to deal with emergency situations on your own. These items are intended for you to get control of a situation so that you can get the dog to an emergency ready vet who can properly deal with the situation. For example:

Your dog has just broken it’s leg and has become “aggressive” and will not let you pick him up. You remember that you have a pre-fitted muzzle in your first aid kit. You have someone distract your dog while you place the muzzle on your dog. Now that your dog is no longer a threat you can pick him up and transport him to the local emergency vet where he can be properly treated.

Without your Canine First Aid Kit on hand this situation could have become a real problem. It’s also a good idea to know a dog’s normal vital signs so that you can monitor them in order to know if there is a potentially dangerous situation that needs to be addressed.

Normal Vital Statistics

  1. Pulse and Heart Rate (Normal resting rate)
    • Small Breed – 90 to 120 bpm (beats per minute)
    • Medium Breed – 70-110 bpm
    • Large Breed – 60-90 bpm
  1. Temperature (Dogs and Cats)
    • 100-102.5
  1. Respiratory Rate
    • 20-24 breaths per minute

Keep in mind that you should know what is normal for YOUR dog. Your dog may normally have a temperature of 102.3 so a temperature of 102.5 wouldn’t be a problem, whereas another dog may have a normal temperature of 100.8, meaning a temperature of 102.3 would be a slight fever and may need to be checked.


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