In many cases, even if a family has an adequate first aid kit for themselves in the home, there probably won’t be one for the dog. When you stop to think about it, dogs have basically the same first aid needs as do humans – they can get cuts, splinters, broken bones, and a wide range of other injuries and illnesses. Having a fully equipped first aid kit for dogs on hand can often mean the difference between a problem staying small and easily treatable, and an expensive trip to the veterinarian.
Accidents occur without warning, and if your dog steps on a piece of broken glass, would you be able to treat it quickly and efficiently if you didn’t have a first aid kit? When the dog’s foot is bleeding onto the carpet is no time to be running around the house looking for gauze pads, hydrogen peroxide, and antibiotic cream. Preparing a first aid kit for your dog now, when there are no problems crying out for immediate care, can help your pet to feel comfortable faster and relieve your anxiety when an emergency arises.
All in One Spot
A good part of why a first aid kit for your pet is important is that all the supplies you need will be in one spot. A fully equipped first aid kit will have everything at hand that you will need to treat most emergencies. Even more serious injuries and illnesses can benefit from the contents of a first aid kit as the most threatening of conditions can often be contained until your vet has been reached.
There are a number of very good first aid kits for dogs available online and premade kits make it easy for you to make sure that your dog will receive the care he or she needs immediately. As with most things, the contents of the kits will vary from model to model, but it usually is a good idea to purchase as complete a kit as possible. You can also add to a basic kit, and if your dog suffers from a medical condition, extra prescription medication and information about the condition should also be kept in the kit.
Away from Home
A home first aid kit for your dog is the place to start, but you should also provide for a first aid kit in your vehicle. Even if your dog seldom travels in the car with you, injuries can happen anywhere and a travel first aid kit will allow you to treat the dog right away. This kit is actually indispensable if you are travelling a considerable distance from home on vacation as you may not know the location of a vet if needed.
Those of you who enjoy going camping or hiking with your dog will definitely need to take along a first aid kit for your friend. You can easily tuck a travel first aid kit for dogs into your backpack, or if your dog wears a backpack, he can carry it himself.
Want an online course which walks you through what to do in an emergency with your pet? Then take a look at Dr Katherine van Ekert Onay’s guide to ‘First Aid for Your Pets‘.