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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by kate_7590, Aug 21, 2013.
i feel I should maybe put together a first aid box for my gang....what do I need?
This is a good idea... I can't believe I don't have a dog first aid kit already
Pro kolin paste
Think that's it, I know some people have a lot more
Not a great deal in mine as yet, apart from calmatives, Piriton, ranitidine, gaviscon, sudocrem, cotton wool balls, ear cleanser, Thornit, Savlon liquid, dog socks and boots and one or two other things.
Smokeybear is the person to ask - she posted on another site a fabulous list of really useful items.
Pocket Emergency Kit (for out on long walks)
Melolin Non-adherent dressing
Leg of tights for muzzle or tourniquet or to wrap up ears in case of injury
Urtica Urens/Apis Mel for stings (can use Piriton)
Tweezers (for thorns and splinters)
Instant Ice Pak
Sterile Saline solution pod (cleaning out wounds and eyes)
Vets phone number and mobile phone
Wire cutters in case dog gets caught in wire
A few crystals of Washing Soda (to induce vomiting if dog has ingested poison etc)
Main First Aid Kit (always kept in car)
More of the above
Windeze or Infacol (contains simethicone for bloat)
Glucogel and Manuka honey for weakness/collapse.
Superglue for cut pads
Intrasite gel (deep wounds)
Electrolytes, slippery elm and probiotics (for diarrhoea)
Aloe Vera Gel
Arnica (for pain) plus other homeopathic remedies
Dog Boots (disposable and reusable)
Clingfilm (for burns/innards escape)
Foil Blanket (in case of shock)
When out with the dogs in the fields around the house I have a saline pod, a rolled bandage and antihistamine tablets in my walking belt/bumbag. Those three things cover most accidents that might happen on a walk - saline to wash out eyes/wounds, bandage that can be used tightly to stem bleeding, or loosely to cover light bleeding or used as an emergency muzzle, and antihistamine tablets for stings and bites.
At home my main first aid kit consists of;
Pro Kolin paste
Coflex cohesive bandages
Petflex no-chew cohesive bandage
Non-addesive dressing pads
Cleanocular eye wash
Lubrithal eye gel
Cleanaural ear cleaner
Canaural ear drops
O'tom tick twister
Shaws paw wax
Vitamin E oil
Vetzyme wound powder
Athletes foot powder (for hotspots)
Instant ice pack
With breeds prone to bloat it's a good idea to keep liquid Simethicone on hand.
Which is why I have Windeze or Infacol in my FA box.
Of course there is no point in having a FA kit if you have no idea how to administer it, hence why attending a (Good) FA course is essential.
Most people have no idea of what the normal TPR is for THEIR dog(s) and so would be unable to determine whether or not the dog requires medical attention in the first place unfortunately.
FA boxes should contain only what is needed in the event of an emergency, not the entire contents of the vet
Unless of course you are, like me, always on the road when having everything to hand may be essential.
As SB rightly pointed out, I wouldn't have a clue how and when to administer half of that stuff! My first aid kit is built up of stuff that I have used and needed in the past, and therefore know how to use. I wouldn't buy something without knowing how or when it is appropriate to administer.
We have metacam, canaural, sudocrem, medicated talc, wraps and bandages...and that's about it. I am sure it will grow as we are subject to more incidents- although I really hope not!
When Betty was bitten and had a hole in her back, I wouldn't have put anything in/on it even if I did have experience. I just put pressure on it and took her straight to the vet. Saying that though, when she was attacked on many occasions by Ruby, I gave her a once over, cleaned any small wounds and administered some metacam based on my judgement of her injuries not been "vet worthy".
As a side note, can you administer gavascon to dogs?
Betty went through a phase of vomiting a fair bit and the vet suggested it was due to indigestion/heartburn and gave me some (very expensive, very small) liquid which he described as like gavascon for dogs. I have read that you can give Pepto Bismol to dogs but wasn't aware of being able to use Gavascon.
Gaviscon is not a FA issue though is it?
And I would not give any medicine to my dog without vet advice.
FA is about maintaining respiration, heartbeat and stopping blood loss basically.
CPR for dogs is rarely successful but it gives the owner something to do, and the rest is about preventing deterioration and promoting recovery; same as in humans.
Fortunately I am qualified in both!