Since accidents happen quickly, it is important to have a first aid kit for your dog on hand! Take the time to understand the medication and tools in your kit before you need to use them. Educate your family members about this kit and its uses as well. Remember that your children’s sitter needs to know about your puppy kit too!
Let me start by saying that I am not a veterinarian! You should not take any veterinary advice from me or from anyone who does not have the title Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) attached to her name.
Even very experienced breeders, trainers, groomers or pet sitters are not qualified to give you veterinary advice! You are wise to seek your veterinarian’s advice if one of us tells you that in our experience we do not think something is ‘normal’. The information in this article was given to me by Darcy Schofil D.V.M. and Alison Williams D.V.M of Cahaba Mountain Brook Animal Clinic. You can trust their advice!
Dr. Williams and Dr. Schofil recommend that you keep your puppy’s first aide kit next to your family’s first aid kit. Be sure to include a current copy of your pup’s medical record including vaccination dates and a list of current medications. List your puppy’s veterinarian contact information. Also list the address and number of the local Emergency Animal clinic and the number for the Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435).
Here is a list of medications that Dr. Schofil recommends:
- Benadryl (liquid for accurate dose)
- Neosporin for minor cuts or abrasions
- Milk of Magnesia
- Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
- Karo syrup
She also recommends that you ask your puppy’s veterinarian for her list of emergency medications that each of your dogs may specifically need.
Here is the list of supplies that Dr. Schofil recommends:
- Rectal thermometer
- Ky jelly
- Non latex disposable gloves
- Cotton balls
- Non stick bandages
- Adhesive tape
- Eye dropper
- Rubber bulb syringe
- Large syringe without needle
- Slip leash – 2
- Muzzle (gauze, belt, shoestring, nylon stockingor small towel make useful emergency muzzles)
Remember to share this list with your puppy’s veterinarian. She may have suggestions specific to your region of the country.
Dr. Schofil and I have a few more tips for you:
- Remember that the human dose for medications is far different from the dose for your puppy! Ask your veterinarian for the correct dose before you need to give it! Dr. Williams and Dr. Scofil urge you to contact a veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center before giving your puppy the medicine in your first aid kit. The hydrogen peroxide is used to induce vomiting but the substance that your puppy ingested may require the Milk of Magnesia to absorb the poison.
- The slip leashes in your kit can be used to restrain your puppy while you administer medication. The leashes also help transform the blanket in to a sling or a stretcher for your puppy. You can also use a leash to restrain another puppy in your household that wants to help!
- Remember that since your family and pet first aid kits are next to each other - clearly label your pup’s rectal thermometer as hers!
Remember that the experts who know your puppy are the best place to get advice! The number one resource you should have in your first aid kit is a list of phone numbers for emergency help.