We love our dogs like our children. And much like children, it is inevitable that at some point our dogs will get injured, choke, ingest something that they shouldn't, or have any other number of emergencies that require immediate attention.
Though we never want this to happen, it is always best to be prepared for those worst case scenarios. Having knowledge of Pet CPR and First Aid techniques and a properly stocked first aid kit increase your chances of avoiding tragedy.
"One out of four pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care." ~ American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
With so much on the line, I highly recommend getting certified training from a professional such as Malinda Malone of The Frontline Coalition. Below, Malinda outlines what you will need to assemble the Perfect First Aid Kit for Dogs!
Dressing and Bandages:
• Adhesive Tape (1 inch roll)
• Gauze Pads (3 or 4 inch squares)
• Gauze Roll (2 inch for small dogs, 3 inch for big dogs)
• Triangular Bandages
• Individually-Wrapped Sanitary Napkins
• Digital Thermometer
• Scissors (blunt end)
• Eye Dropper
• Syringe (12cc with needle removed)
Ointments, Disinfectants, & Medications:
• Antihistamine (gel caps in blister pack)
• Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin)
• Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
• Vinegar or Baking Soda
• Activated Charcoal
• Petroleum Jelly
• Chemical Ice Pack
Miscellaneous Equipment & Supplies:
• Small Flashlight
• Needle Nose Pliers
• Betadine Solution
• Razor Blades
• Extra Leash and Collar
• Plastic Bags
• Permanent Marker
• Photo of You and Your Pet
• Towel or Blanket (large enough to transport pet)
• Latex or Nitrile Gloves
After putting together all of your first aid contents, place them in a portable storage container for easy access. Remember to replace all items after each use and update twice per year. All of these items (except the blanket) will fit into a fanny pack for those extended walks or hikes.
Having the proper tools and supplies is critical, but you should also get the appropriate training so that you know what to do in case of an emergency. For more information on how you can get certified in Pet CPR and First Aid, please visit The Frontline Coalition or find a certified instructor in your area.
Having completed Malinda's training course myself, I can tell you first hand that you will learn the techniques needed to feel much more confident should an emergency situation ever arise. In fact, I believe in the program so much that I pay for all of my employees to get certified through The Frontline Coalition and I highly recommend that you get certified as well. You pet's life might depend on it!