On holiday, when travelling, at a friend’s house or even at home, it is particularly useful to have a first-aid kit for your dog. Not only does this avoid unnecessary visits to the vet, but you can also relieve your doggie immediately at the slightest problem. Here are the essentials.
Health products you must have
In addition to the treatment(s) that your dog is already undergoing, for example against hypertension, you can add in your first aid kit some products prescribed or not by your veterinarian, very useful in case of a problem:
- An anti-parasite treatment against fleas and ticks,S
- An anti-vomiting or anti-diarrheal medication (Smecta type),
- Activated charcoal (belloc charcoal type), if your dog has gas or has been poisoned,
- A motion sickness medication, if your dog is sensitive to it.
The care products you should absolutely have
In the case of a superficial wound or signs of fever, it is best to have everything you need to perform first aid with you:
- An alcohol-free antiseptic lotion (Betadine type) to disinfect a possible wound,
- Sterile compresses (especially not cotton!),
- Gauze and self-adhesive bandages for dressing,
- A pair of round-tipped scissors to cut bandages or the dog’s hair around the wound,
- A healing cream,
- Saline to rinse out a wound or an eye,
- Tweezers to remove a splinter,
- An electronic thermometer with a fine tip in case of suspected fever (over 39 °C).
The cleaning products to have absolutely
For the comfort of your dog, insert in his kit the products essential to his hygiene and well-being:
- Anti-tip pliers,
- A scratch cutter,
- A brush,
- An ear cleansing lotion,
- A veterinary shampoo,
- A foldable bowl to make your dog drink at any time.
You can also add your dog’s health record and the contact details of the emergency veterinarian at your holiday destination to your dog’s first-aid kit.