Dog First Aid Kit

Dog owners can treat minor injuries for their pets if they have the appropriate remedies, tools, and equipment available. The following items were included in a first aid kit that the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association gave to police dog handlers at a recent workshop. A home first aid kit needs many of the same items.
· Gauze sponges — 50 four-by-four inch sponges, two per envelope
· Triple antibiotic ointment
· Rubbing alcohol
· Ear syringe — two ounce capacity
· Ace self-adhering athletic bandage –three-inch width
· White petroleum jelly (Vaseline or similar)
· Eye wash
· Sterile, non-adherent pads
· Pepto Bismol tablets
· Generic Benadryl capsules — 25mg, for allergies
· Hydrocortisone Ointment – one percent
· Sterile stretch gauze bandage — three inches by four yards
· Buffered aspirin
· Dermicil hypoallergenic cloth tape one inch by 10 yards
· Hydrogen peroxide
· Kaopectate tablets maximum strength
· Bandage scissors
· Custom splints
· Vet Rap bandage

Other suggested items were:
· Blanket
· Tweezers
· Muzzle
· Hemostats
· Rectal thermometer
· Ziplock bags
· Paperwork, including the dog’s health record, medications, local and national poison control numbers, regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone numbers, and emergency clinic hours and telephone number.

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