What Goes Into a Dog's First Aid Kit?
Updated On: Tuesday, August 15, 2023 16:41:49 PM America/Los_Angeles
You and your furry companion are ready to hit the road, but you might find yourself wondering how you can be extra prepared for any hiccups that might be encountered along the way. Be prepared to treat minor injuries such as scrapes, splinters, and cuts with even the simplest first aid kit for dogs! Many of the same items that would go into a human first aid kit go into ones for our canine friends, so they can probably be found easily around the home. Make sure to pack these essentials for a basic but useful dog first aid kit for your pooch.
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Bandages are critical for keeping wounds protected from irritation and infection. But bandages aren’t just for cuts! They can help support sprained muscles or even be used to create a splint until you can get your dog to the vet. Just be sure to not wrap the bandage too tightly as it could interrupt proper circulation.
Keep scrapes and cuts clean with an antibiotic spray until you can consult a vet. Pain-free, dog-safe products sanitize wounds while limiting painful sensations that could further stress your fur baby out.
If all you’re looking for is a quick cleanse instead of wound treatment, consider using a paw sanitizer instead.
A pair of tweezers may seem like a random addition, but they could help remove bee stingers, thorns, and other sharp debris–all commonly encountered by canines out in the wild. Use tweezers to easily remove painful objects that could cause discomfort. Clean the wound and wrap to prevent further irritation or infection.
Water is a safe and easy way to cleanse wounds. Whether it’s a muddy paw or a sandy tail, water helps remove debris so that you can assess and treat the wound as needed. A portable water bottle or a collapsible water bowl can also be a useful addition to kits to either provide much needed hydration or to soak a paw.
On the go? Take a pet potty along with your first aid kit! An indoor dog bathroom or wee wee pad can come in handy just in case a paw or nail bed injury requires you to limit outdoor exposure. With a first aid kit and pee pad, you’re ready to explore the great outdoors with your road dog!