As responsible dog owners, your should be ready for emergency situations and must have a dog first aid kit. There may occur situations beyond your control requiring your Lab immediate medical treatment. A first aid kit for your pet comes handy in such exigencies and plays an important role in saving the life of your loved dog.
Labradors love having fun. Whether it is in the water or field, they will love to jump and run wherever their paws take them. Their fun-loving and lively demeanor may be cute and adorable, but sometimes it can get them in trouble. There may be insect bites, injuries to their body, bleeding in paws, or even skeletal injuries causing pain in your dog. You never know what will happen, so it is always best to be prepared for any emergency. Whether you are hunting, camping, going on a road trip, or just staying at home with your Labrador, you must have a dog first aid kit ready in your house – the same way you have a first aid kit for the humans.
It is best to keep your dog first aid kit supplies in one bag or plastic container. This makes it easy to tote around and even carry while traveling or on hiking expeditions. But, what items do you need in your Labrador’s dog first aid kit? Let us find out.
Your Labrador’s Personal Supplies
Keeping your dog’s extra supplies in the dog first aid kit can also be helpful especially when traveling. If you’re going on an out of town trip, knowing the phone numbers of veterinary clinics in your destination is also a good idea.
The following are some essential items that you should carry in your dog first aid kit when visiting outstation destinations with your dog.
- Your dog’s vaccination records
- Your dog’s health history
- Phone number of your dog’s veterinarian
- Poison control center phone numbers
- A muzzle
- Nylon slip leash
- An extra collar
- Dog poop bags
- Towel and blankets
- Petroleum jelly,
- Elizabethan collar
- Nail Clipper
- Bottled water and extra food for emergencies
- Food bowls (you can carry use and throw bowls or collapsible ones)
Basic Dog First Aid Supplies
Whether you are at home or on a trip, your dog may run into random accidents. Your dog may get wounded during an accident or a fight with other dogs. So, making sure these items are ready can be really helpful when such emergencies occur.
- Scissors and tweezers
- Cotton and Q-Tips
- Tissue and wet wipes
- Cold and heat pack
- Disposable gloves
- Syringe of different sizes
- Flash light
Bandages and Tapes
If your dog gets wounded, you must cover the wound to prevent it from getting infected. These items when are in your dog first aid kit comes handy in such situations.
- Absorbent gauze pads
- Medical or masking tape
- Gauze rolls
- Self-stick bandages
From antiseptics to anti-histamines to vomit inducers, these medicines may be useful to treat your pet in emergency situations.
- Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting in dogs who swallowed something toxic or poisonous)
- Antibiotic ointment for wounds and eyes
- Ear cleaning solution
- Activated charcoal (for dogs who swallowed something poisonous)
In case your dog is feeling bad and has lost his appetite, these items can provide him the hydration and nutrition he needs.
- Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs)
- Pedialyte or Gatorade to energize your dog after a tedious walk or hike
- Nutrition gels, such as Nutri-Cal, Vitacal, and Nutristat.
As a dog owner, one must be ready for all types of emergencies. Thus, keeping a dog first aid kit is very important. Aside from the items listed above, it is imperative to consult with your veterinarian if your dog has other specific and special needs. Make sure that the supplies in your dog first aid kit are working well and the medicines in it have not yet expired. Make sure that the kit is out of the reach of children and pets.