Thursday, December 30, 2010

Be Prepared

After cutting myself in a freak coffee cup accident on Monday night, I turned to the dogs' first aid kit to clean, control, and wrap the wound. When I updated my status on Facebook with the news of my trauma and the supplies I used, I received several emails about what I kept in the girls' first aid kit. So here's the list of stuff that is piled into tackle box:

The Basics: to me these are the items that should be in every greyhound/dog first aid kit

  • No burn wound cleaner
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton disks - these are easier to use than cotton balls IMHO
  • Non-stick gauze pads in assorted sizes 
  • Vet wrap - get a couple of widths (and colors)
  • Bandage tape - stick it on the floor or your pants first before applying to skin
  • Baby Socks - the 0-3 month baby socks work great for covering pad/toe injuries
  • Antibacterial Salve
  • Bag balm - good for conditioning pads
  • Peroxide - for inducing vomiting if needed 

Medication: you need a supply of these on hand, especially when you travel

  • Benadryl
  • Baby aspirin
  • Imodium 
  • Dramamine
  • Melatonin - good for nervous dogs in new places
  • Papaya tablets - you can find these in the vitamin section, good for soothing tummies and nausea
  • DMSO - this is a horse-lovers trick for soreness, purchase at tack store
  • Capstar - if you travel with your dog, you never know where you'll pick up a flea, or 10
  • Pain medication - talk to your vet about buying one or two pills to keep on hand

Tools: these will make your life easier if you have them

  • Ice/heat pack - they make the kind that your shake and get cold/hot instantly
  • Sandwich bags - good to cover bandaged feet to keep them dry
  • Rubber bands
  • Bandage scissors - you can order these from any medical supply and you'll be happy you have them
  • Medical gloves 
  • Zip lock bags
  • Bottle of water
Extras: these are more for OCD people like me

  • Canine first aid/cpr book - they have these on amazon
  • Pepper - I steal borrow these packs from McDonalds. Good to help stop bleeding.
  • Canned pumpkin - always good to have one on hand
  • Honey - in the event a dog's blood sugar drops
  • Ace bandage - this can help cover large wounds
  • Sunscreen - especially if you have a white dog
This list is far from a perfect. I know that you guys have other things you keep in your dogs' first aid kits. Or better yet, stuff you wish you had when you had an emergency. Share your ideas in the comments section. I'm always looking for tools to add to the ole' tackle box!


Mad Red Hare said...

Thanks for those ingredients. I have been wanting to put one together for my greys. Now I know what to put in it!

Terri said...

our first aid kit for the dogs is pretty well supplied, but I found a few items on your list that I will add.

I also have a couple of those foil emergency blankets tucked in there, in case they need to be kept warm.

And yes, you have to have different colours of vet wrap! :-)

houndstooth said...

This is a great list! We have small emergency kits that Bunny and Morgan both carry in their backpacks when we hike, plus a bigger one for the van and the house. You can never be too prepared!

Trina said...

I also keep electric clippers and a spray bottle of saline (this is GREAT for flushing wounds and can be found at any store). I also keep metronidazole on hand at all times for the extreme GI disorders.
But yours sounds just like mine..I store it in a big rubbermaid container. And Peroxide is perfect for cleaning blood off clothes, carpet, beds, etc.

pattysea said...

Heather, you need to be more careful with MY granddogs!!!
Pops will not be happy to learn that HIS Roxy has an injury!!
Hugs, Pat

Greyhounds Aren't Grey said...

This is a very helpful post. Thanks for sharing! I would also add a Traditional Chinese Medicine remedy called Yunan Baiyao. It can be ordered online or purchased from holistic vets. It is miraculous in it's ability to stop bleeding, both external and internal.