Pet care Tips: First aid kits for dogs

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What to include in a first aid kit for a dog: Having a First Aid Kit on hand could help alleviate suffering or pain in the event of an injury.

Fist Aid Kit for your dog you ask? 

Yes, just like people, accidental injuries can happen with your pets, too.  Of course, you should always take your dog to the veterinarian when they have been injured in any way, but having a First Aid Kit on hand could help alleviate some of the dog's suffering or pain.  Experts have suggested the following check list:

· Medicated powder
· Gauze bandages


· Adhesive tape
· Hydrogen peroxide
· Cotton and cotton swabs
· Tweezers
· Petroleum jelly
· Bacitracin-neomycin ointment
· Plastic bandages
· Boric acid powder

Depending on how soon after your dog's injury you can get him to your vet, a small dosage of aspirin might help for pain.  For a dog weighing 30 pounds (14 kg), one 5-grain tablet every 6 hours is a safe dosage.  Adjust dosages for larger dogs or puppies.  It would be a good idea to call ahead to your veterinary and advise them of your dog's situation, how long it will take you to bring them in, and the First Aid that you have already administered to the dog including the dosages of aspirin you plan to give them for pain.  However, if you are able to get your dog to the vet right away, do not give your dog the aspirin as it may interfere with any medications the vet may want to administer.

Additionally, there are times when less serious conditions affect your dogs such as constipation and diarrhea.  In those events, the following dosages may be administered for a 30-pound dog:  

· Kaopectate:  two tablets every 4 to 6 hours
· Milk of magnesia:  one tablespon every 6 hours
· Charcoal:  one tablespoon in 4 ounces of water
· Mineral oil:  two tablespoons every 8 hours

Again, please remember to always inform your veterinary of your dog's symptoms as soon as possible and the remedies that you have tried.   Keeping a First Aid Kit handy at home and when you travel with your dog in combination with regular routine check ups with the veterinarian will hopefully keep your pet safe, healthy, and happy for many years.