Dog First Aid Kit
A first aid kit can save your dog's life - check out the essential contents of a basic first aid kit for dogs and some effective herbal and homeopathic remedies that should be included in the kit.
A fully-stocked dog first aid kit is a "must-have" for all dog parents. If you have ready access to a first aid kit that is well-stocked and well-organized, you will have that peace of mind that even in cases of emergency, you will be ready to give your dog first aid and care. You never know - the first aid kit may one day save your dog's life.
It is not too difficult to put together a basic first aid kit for your dog. All you have to do is make a list and then gather all the things on the list, put them in a water-proof container and store it in an easy-to-reach place. You should have one kit in your house and one in your car.
In my own experience, I really find that herbal and homeopathy first aid remedies are invaluable for use in various emergency situations. They are easy to use and the remedies will greatly reduce stress and pain suffered by the dog in an emergency.
Here is a first aid kit list that may be of help to you in putting together a kit for your dog.
An Herbal and Homeopathic Dog First Aid Kit
- Blankets (to maintain the dog's body temperature and can also be used as a make-shift stretcher to transport your dog)
- Muzzle (to prevent biting when treating the dog)
- Bandages, vetwrap, and gauze (to bind wounds; stop bleeding)
- Cotton Swabs (to remove debris from cuts, to apply antiseptic application)
- Tweezers (to remove thorns, stings, or debris from wounds)
- Scissors (to trim hair near wounds)
- Flashlight (to help you see more clearly in ears, down the throat etc.)
- Eyedropper (to administer medication)
- Rectal Thermometer and Petroleum Jelly (to take Temperature - Normal body temperature in dogs is 101-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit /38.3-39.2 degrees Celsius)
- Hydrogen peroxide (to wash wounds and to induce vomiting in certain cases of poisonings)
- Activated charcoal powder (for poisonings)
- Saline solution (to wash out wounds or minor burns)
- High sugar source such as Karo syrup (to treat hypoglycemia)
Additional Items - Herbal and Homeopathic Products
Some natural products can effectively be used to treat minor wounds or health symptoms. The following items are good to have in your dog's first aid kit.
Bach Flower Essences Rescue Remedy
: This flower essence product is excellent for shock and trauma. If your dog is agitated, scared, nervous, or in shock, give this remedy to him.
Vetri-Science Fast Balance G.I.: This is a fast acting supplement that provides immediate care for dogs (and cats) with diarrhea and loose stools and other gastrointestinal dysfunction.
HomeoPet Digestive Upsets: This homeopathic remedy provides fast relief to your dog with digestive problems, such as vomiting, diarrhea, gas, etc.
Newton Homeopathics Fever and Infection for Dogs and Cats: This homeopathic remedy is effective in helping reduce fever and relieve symptoms associated with infection such as lethargy, loss of appetite and inflammation.
Dr. Harvey's Organic Healing Cream: This topical healing cream contains calendula, aloe, rosemary, thyme, chamomile, comfrey, etc. - all known to promote healing. It can be used to help not only with cuts, but also rashes, hot spots and itching.
- A list of all items in the first aid kit and their uses
- Veterinarian's Phone Number/Emergency Number