10 Must-Have Dog First Aid Supplies
Only at 16 months, and boy... has my toy poodle been visiting our rather attractive vet so regularly, he'd be considered a true lecher. I had many of my weekends either in a pet stores or at the vet. In my defence, it's not because I am a lousy care-giver, excuse me, but because I was one "gan chiong" (anxious fellow) when I first had my dog.
I'd rather have an arsenal of supplies packed neatly in a kit, rather than be in predicament of not knowing what to do when emergencies pay my dog a random visit. Unless you have premonition abilities, I suggest you start assembling one for your fur-kids soon! Better safe than sorry!
Just think about it, other than keeping things in order, first aid kits also comes in handy if you are on an exciting road trip or an overnight stay of star-gazing with your fur-kids!
Keep in mind that every dog's condition is different; Their first aid kit should therefore be personalised and tailored accordingly to their needs. Otherwise, as far as we are concerned, there are still certain standardised items that ought to be inside a quintessential first aid kit. Let's find out what they are!
1. Medical documents & Emergency contact numbers
Now, this is important. We know the numbers to dial for ourselves, but do you know the numbers to punch in times of emergencies? Truth be told, I have absolutely no idea. But hey, at least I have both emergency numbers and medical documents crumpled up somewhere in the first aid kit. I suggest you do the same, but neatly!
2. Prescribed Cream
I have, what I would like to call a "multi-purpose" topical cream. Prescribed by the vet, I was told that this can be applied anywhere topically on my dog's body. Red, flaky spots, bumps or even suture wounds, this cream is a real life saviour and most importantly, it works! So, I reckon you may want to do the same!
I'm never a fan of muzzles. But you know what - This is just for precautionary measures because you never know when a doggie in pain would turn aggressive in defence. Word of caution: Do not use them if your dogs are exhibiting signs of nausea or vomiting, just in case they choke!
4. Dog's cone/ E-collar
Besides looking like a little Pixar lamp, this is pretty self-explanatory - the uses of e-collar.
5. Rectal thermometer/ Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
Do remember to get a water-based lubricant before you insert the thermometer up your pup! (Yes, rectally, just in case you were wondering how it was done) Generally, a dog's temperature should not rise above 39 and fall below 37 degrees celsius.
The rubbing alcohol is for the cleaning of the thermometer before and after use.
6. Saline Solution
If you are an avid shopper of Watsons or Guardian, you'll know you can get these babies in a promotional pack of 3. Put 1 in the kit for they are useful for cleaning of wounds. Otherwise, they are also good for removing those ugly tear stains. See, multi-functional!
7. Sterilised non-stick guage / Self cling bandages / Scissors/ Gloves
Pretty standard right? - These tools are even present in our own first aid kits! Just make sure that the bandages are self-cling ones- So they don't stick to your dog's fur and can be removed within seconds.
8. Sprays (Anti-ticks and fleas, Anti-fungus and Wound Spray)
Be it the outdoor stay or that hiking trip, make sure you have these sprays before embarking on any one of those activities. Trust me, a little effort like preventive spraying won't take you long and keep them safe from fungus and those teeny-weeney blood-sucking bugs. If something can be done to prevent another trip to the vet, why not?! #costeffective
Wound sprays are designed to clean and speed healing!
9. Eye dropper (o aa large syringe without needle)
Besides having the convenience of orally delivering medications, a dropper or syringe can also be used for flushing out bacteria from wounds. Handy, no?
10. Extra Towel/ Blanket
Well instead of a stretcher, this towel will definitely come in way handier (and comfier). You'd never know when you'll be needing the occasional comfy towel or blanket to give some clean and warm coverage, if needed.
So there you have it! The good news is, most of the items can be bought in stores! So for the sake of your dogs, assemble a first aid kit for your dogs! If you are rich and lazy (like myself), there are always the pre-packed ones. But I guarantee you, they're good.(Ps: Subscribe to our newsletter for more informative articles!)
Time to stock up your first-aid essentials here!