Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First Aid Kit for your Pug

Whether you are planning a road trip, getting ready for the hurricane season, heading to the dog park or just because you are an over protecting pug parent but everyone should have a First Aid Kit prepared and ready for emergencies for your pug.  Do you have an emergency kit?  Would you know what should be in your pug’s emergency kit? 

First of all a durable, waterproof case is best.  Now unless your Pug has specific medicines or health issues that need to be taken care of this specific first aid kit will only address the basics for a standard doggie first aid kit.  Anything additional, please make note and add for your pug’s specific needs in the event of an emergency. 

  1. A dog first aid book.  There are many out there so you want to make sure you have the most up to date version or even ask your veterinarian for a reference.
  2. Latex gloves (or latex free gloves pending if you or if your pug has an allergy).
  3. Emergency numbers such as your veterinarian, poison control, and if you are traveling local emergency hospital numbers.
  4. Recent photos of your pug, any known allergies or medicines, and your contact information.
  5. Disinfectant such as hydrogen peroxide or alcohol.  Hydrogen peroxide can be used to induce vomiting however it is best NOT to induce vomiting without the advice of your veterinarian. 
  6. Povidone iodine (an antiseptic) to help clean the wound.
  7. Wound cream to help the healing process, please check with your veterinarian for their preference. 
  8. Saline solution which can assist with flushing of wounds and flushing of eyes. 
  9. Gauze pads, the square and rolls, this way you are prepared and these bandages will not stick to the wound or fur.
  10. Cotton balls.
  11. Bulb syringe which can be utilize in the flushing of the wounds when needed or administering medicine. 
  12. Tweezers, flat slant tip and dull tip, you never know when either one will be needed so it is best to have both.  Also, to have special tweezers specific for tick removal.  These tweezers will assist in the removal of a tick’s imbedded head which could cause an infection if left in.
  13. Antihistamine, again please discuss with your veterinarian which is best for your pug and the dosage which will assist with swelling, itchiness, bee stings and other miscellaneous insect bites.
  14. Antibacterial wipes and hand soap.
  15. Paw cream.
  16. Rectal Thermometer.  A normal temperature for a pug is 38°C or 101°F.  Anything higher or lower please take or consult a veterinarian immediately.  
  17. Cone. 
  18. Petroleum jelly, this is for courteous. 
  19. Towels or an old blanket.
  20. Flashlight.
  21. Dog treats. 

It is best to get this ready NOW, not when there is an emergency because by then it may be too late.  Remember to check and update outdated products yearly.  Yes salves, cream, peroxides and bandages have an expiration date.  So update your kit yearly.  Once you have your kit completed, you may want to request a vet tech or your veterinarian to view it to make sure you did not miss anything. 

Other sites which can help you with your First Aid Kit:

If you have something that you had to your kit that is not listed, please share with us?  Thank you.

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