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Canine First Aid Tips

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Did you know you can do CPR on dogs?
Yes you can! It is slightly different than for humans and can be just as dangerous if done wrong.  But it can also make the difference in an emergency. Ask you Vet for details.

Canine First Aid Kit
  • Gauze sponges -- 50 four-by-four inch sponges, two per envelope
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Ear syringe -- two ounce capacity
  • Ace self-adhering athletic bandage -- three-inch width
  • White petroleum jelly (Vaseline or similar)
  • Eye wash
  • Sterile, non-adherent pads
  • Pepto Bismol tablets
  • Generic Benadryl capsules -- 25mg, for allergies
  • Hydrocortisone acetate -- one percent cream
  • Sterile stretch gauze bandage -- three inches by four yards
  • Buffered aspirin
  • Dermicil hypoallergenic cloth tape one inch by 10 yards
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Kaopectate tablets maximum strength
  • Bandage scissors
  • Custom splints
  • Vet Rap bandage

Other suggested items were:

  • Blanket
  • Tweezers
  • Muzzle
  • Hemostats
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Ziplock bags
  • Paperwork, including the dog's health record, medications, local and national poison control numbers, regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone numbers, and emergency clinic hours and telephone number.
LINKS
AKC Emergencies & First Aid
Red Cross Disaster Preparedness
Emergency Pet Preparedness

TIPS

These are things I have heard or read, some I've tried, some I haven't.  Some make sense to me and some hmmm?  Don't use these in place of veterinary care and be sure to do your research and apply your own level of common sense.

    EARS
  • Dixie Purple Cleaner
  • Lotrimin
    Many people swear that Lotrimin, purchased as an OTC product at your local store, will cure the most persistent and reoccurring ear infections even when antibiotics have failed. Following are the instructions I received in an email:

    Put a very small amount on a soft tissue and rub it gently in to the dog's ear. Do this once a day for a few days. The black stuff should start to go away. After less than a week the entire problem should go away. At that point I stop using the Lotrimin.

    After a few months the black stuff may start to return. I just clean it out with a soft tissue and/or Quick Tip" (from CVS). If the black stuff continues in bulk after a week or so I use the Lotrimin again.

    After a few weeks you will not need the Lotrimin except every six months or so you will likely have to use the Lotrimin once.

 



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