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When owning a dog, it is always best to be prepared since you never know what can happen. Having everything you need in one place during an emergency can be a life-saver. Here are some of the most important things to have in first aid kits for dogs.
When it comes to certain emergencies, you will have to rely on professional help. Therefore, you need to have convenient access to any numbers you would possibly need. You may need the number to your vet's office, or their emergency line if they're closed. The national animal poison hotline may come in handy too (800-548-2423 or 888-426-4435).
Speaking of poisoning, you will definitely need to take quick and decisive action if your dog gets poisoned. One of the best things to have on-hand is activated charcoal. If you give it in a timely manner, it may help absorb the poisonous substance that your dog ingested. Of course, it is best that you to talk to your vet or another professional before actually giving it to your dog though.
Your dog may suffer a simple scrape or abrasion that needs patching up. To keep it from getting infected, it is best to apply an antibiotic ointment to the affected area before bandaging it up. Antibiotics won't cure everything, so have some anti-fungal cream or spray too. In addition to simple bandages, first aid kits for dogs should also have strips of cloth of varying lengths as well as gauze.
Hydrogen peroxide works wonders for many different things. For example, you can use it to clean your dog's wound if you don't have any antibiotic or anti-fungal cream. The solution is also useful for keeping your canine's ears clean.
When using hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic cream, or something else, you will need some way to apply it to your dog. It is best to have both cotton balls and swabs in your dog first aid kit so you can handle all situations. Bandages have sticky material themselves, but gauze and strips of cloth don't. So, you should also have adhesive tape in your dog first aid kit.