Greater Swissy Mountain Dog

Dog First Aid

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 | Random Stuff | 1 Comment

I’m looking at putting together a dog first aid course for the Swissy club. I am not teaching it, but will be organizing and attending. In the meanwhile, I’ve been looking into keeping a better stocked and marked first aid kit.  Here is my running list, and I’m sure I will change it over time.

  • Tweezer
  • Scissors or emergency shears
  • Ear syringe
  • Bag Balm
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Safety pins
  • Gauze sponges
  • Ace-type elastic bandages
  • Triangular bandage
  • Band-Aids
  • Roll gauze/stretch bandages (2 inch generally good)
  • SAM splint
  • Adhesive tape
  • Exam gloves
  • Non-stick dressing
  • Vetwrap
  • Antiseptic solution like Hibiclense or Betadine, or alcohol wipes
  • Sting ease
  • Styptic powder
  • Buffered aspirin (I like the kid formulas)
  • Benadryl (pills and spray)
  • Gas-X strips
  • Topical antibiotic such as Neosporin
  • Pepto Bismol children’s chewables (or other anti-diarrhea medication)
  • Cortisone cream
  • Hydrogen peroxide

You can also consider getting some perscription meds in there, such as prednisone and penicillin, but we don’t.  The ones I use frequently are benadryl, neosporin, Pepto and Gas-X.  I generally leave this in an easily accessible cabinet in the kitchen, but will put the most commonly used items on the counter when we have a dog sitter.

With luck, you will never need most of these items.

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