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Dog First Aid Kit

Dog First Aid Kit

If there is an injury or sickness, it is always best to contact your veterinarian. However, in an emergency, or if you are away from home, having a simple first aid kit on hand and knowing how to use it could save your dog’s life.

The first thing you need for a good first aid kit is a suitable container. You can use a lunch box, a fishing tackle box, or buy a commercial kit.

For added protection, store first aid products in resealable plastic bags inside the box, and keep a dog first aid book near the kit.

On the outside, with permanent marker, label the box "First Aid" on all sides. In an emergency someone else might have to locate and use this kit. Tape to the inside of the box lid, a card with the following information:

1. Your name, address, phone number.

2. Name and phone number of someone to contact in an emergency, who will take care of your dog if you are incapacitated.

3. Your dog’s name(s) and any information about any medications they take, any allergies or significant medical conditions they have.

4. Name and phone number of your vet and also the local Emergency Veterinary Hospital.

Also tape to the inside of the box lid, a card with a list of common medications, their general dosages, and the specific dose for the weights of your dog.

Keep copies of your dog’s vaccination records, including a copy of the Rabies Certificate, in the First Aid kit, or in a packet in your car.

In addition, the emergency contact and vet information should be clearly posted on your refrigerator door at home where anyone who needs it can find the information. You never know when you may be incapacitated in an accident and your dogs may be in the hands of a complete stranger who will need this information.

Be sure to clearly label all medications and supplies with their name and expiration date. Be sure to replace medications that may have exceeded their recommended expiration date. Go through your kit at least once a year, replacing expired medications, replenishing used supplies, etc.

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