Basic first aid tips for dogs
Becoming a dog owner is a lot like parenting. There are going to be accidents and illnesses along the way. Basic dog first aid is a good skill to have, in order to keep yourself and your dog calm before you make it to a vet.
Always have a pet first aid kit handy. You may want to have a small portable kit to keep in the car and a larger one at home.
|Wound spray||Ask your vet to recommend a non-toxic wound spray that doesn’t sting and is designed to clean and speed healing.|
|Self-cling bandage||If the wound is severe, you’ll need to cover it with a bandage after using the wound spray. Stock a self-cling bandage that won’t stick to your dog’s fur.|
|Bandage scissors||Include a small pair of sharp scissors to cut through gauze and bandages.|
|Eye and ear wash||If something gets in your dog’s eyes or ears it can cause itching, stinging or burning. Keep some dog-safe eye and ear wash to flush them.|
|Dog cone||Stop your dog from making an ear, eye or head problem worse by using a dog cone. This will also stop him from chewing at stitches.|
|Muzzle||The most docile of dogs can lash out when hurt, so a muzzle is a good thing to keep at hand.|
|Leash||Always have a spare leash handy, especially if your dog is hurt and trying to run away.|
|Important phone numbers||Keep a list of important numbers on hand, including your vet, an emergency vet and your local SPCA.|
|Medical records||Keep a copy of your dog’s medical certificate and vaccination records in case you have to visit an emergency vet.|
Learning basic pet CPR
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