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Dog First Aid

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Dog First Aid

As a dog owner, you’re likely to encounter everything from a dog with a broken toenail to one that’s been seriously injured by a car. If you’re familiar with first–aid measures, you can provide the initial care to a dog that’s frightened, in pain, or even in danger of dying.

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Injured Dog

The purpose of First aid is to:

  • keep the dog alive until it reaches veterinary care
  • prevent further injury
  • minimize pain and suffering.
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Dog at the Vets

Pet First Aid Training by American Red Cross
Whether your pet becomes ill or injured, or needs help in a disaster, the American Red Cross Pet First Aid class teaches you emergency care procedures for cats and dogs, and provides tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy too.
Further information is available at: http://www.redcross.org/
It is very important to have a First Aid Kit and always be prepared to treat your dog in the event of an accident.
Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. A smaller kit could be used in the car. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately,, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:

  • Bandages( for treating wounds)
  • Cotton wool(This can be soaked in water, sterile saline or dilute antiseptic and used to clean open wounds)
  • Tweezes ( Tweezes can remove things such as splinters and wasp stings.)
  • Sterile dressings( Must be applied to a wound)
  • Sterile saline (This is for cleaning wounds, Washing debris away and preventing contamination.)
  • Water (charring water means you can give your dog a drink if he is thirsty or needs cooling down. You could sponge him with water if is overheated, also be used to clean wounds.)
  • Scissors ( This is can be used for many things such as disentangling your dog if he is caught up in something, cutting hair from around a wound or trimming bandages.)
  • Tape( Tape holds bandages firmly in place)
  • Magnifying glass(A magnifying glass is useful if a dog has a splinter or a thorn in his foot so you can look at it)

Also you can add:

  • Eye dropper or oral syringe & Eye wash solution
  • Styptic powder or sticks, Quick Stop
  • Disposable gloves
  • Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment
  • Buffered or canine aspirin

You can buy kits ready-made from:  http://www.firstaid-supply.com/consumer/cons5.html?wcw=overture

Disaster Planning

Major emergencies and natural disasters happen and often require you to leave your home for an extended period of time. Remember your canine family member(s) when this happens. Ensure their safety by making sure to include a kit for your pets too – they should contain:
Recent photographs of your pet, health and vaccination records

  • Drinking water in gallon-sized plastic containers
  • Dry pet food and dishes
  • Torch
  • Medication(s)
  • Leash
  • Crate
  • Can opener
  • Fleece blanket
  • Bottle of antibacterial detergent and washcloth

To find more go:  http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=13061