First Aid Kit for Your Pets
Animals are precious, and they deserve to be well-taken care of. Adopting or keeping a pet with you means taking responsibility for their care. Dog owners know exactly how playful dogs are, and some can be accident-prone too. Keeping a first aid kit for your pets can save you trips to the vet for minor accidents or problems with your dog.
Therefore, start preparing a first aid kit today by using the list of essentials I am about to provide you to ensure your dog stays safe and healthy.
7 Essentials to Keep in Your First Aid Kit for Pets
Bandages and gauzes are critical items we need to add before anything else because they are the best option to cover wounds and problem areas. Unlike regular cloth, gauze pads are not sticky. They shield and protect wounds from infection.
Dogs often lick their wounds so it needs to be covered to heal. Therefore, use a non-chewable, special bandage that is bitter in taste to keep the dog from licking and removing it.
We all know that ice packs are really helpful to reduce the pain of fresh burns and injuries immediately. Putting an ice pack on your dog’s wounds of your dog will immediately calm him down and reduce the pain and swelling in no time. It will also speed up the healing process.
A Small Pair of Scissors:
Keeping a pair of scissors is also necessary because you are going to need it to cut a bandage, a wrapper or tape.
Your first aid kit for your pets can never be complete without antibiotic cream because it is essential to cater to the wounds immediately with some ointment and a bandage in case of emergencies so that the healing process starts without delay.
Cotton buds are used for a wide range of purposes. Keeping a small pack of these swabs in your dog’s first aid kit can assist you in applying antibiotic ointments and other cleaning formulas with ease without getting bacteria and dirt on your hands.
You must also add a rectal thermometer in your dog’s first aid kit because monitoring your dog’s temperature in the case of an injury or flu is important. Your dog’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F.
A pet carrier is always good to have on hand. In case your dog hurts his leg or finds it hard to walk on his own due to some serious injury or burn, a pet carrier would help you big time carry your dog with ease.
This post was written by Beth Martel. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs at HealthyRecharge.com.
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