Make Yourself a Serious Pet Medical Emergency Kit

Posted by Raja on June 8th, 2011 — Posted in Agility, Day Trips, Health

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Blog Fan Cyndi Bender, owner of the famous Duffy McDuff, writes:

“I have recently returned from Wisconsin where we attended a Scottie Rally and parade. It was a 4 day road trip with a total of 6 dogs. Three dogs rode in the same vehicle with Duffy. For the most part they all got along with the exception of one female who would growl and attack the males if they simply looked at her. We were almost back home when this female and a male got into a fight for no reason. One of the dogs sustained minor wounds, more like scrapes than puncture wounds. Anyway blood was drawn and we pulled over to discover that we did not carry a first aid kit amongst us. It got me to thinking that if anyone is active with their dogs outside of their home they should carry a first aid kit. Have you covered this in the blog?”

Good idea Cyndi!  We did this once, but not as thoroughly.  Assisted by Three Rivers Veterinary Clinic in Madison , New Jersey, we recommend the following in every pet  travel medical kit:

4 oz. Eye and Skin Wash or saline solution

artificial tear gel for after eye wash

mild grease-cutting  dish washing liquid to wash animal after skin contamination (pesticides, etc.)

muzzle to protect against fear inspired biting

non perishable can of your pet’s favorite wet food

cold pack (breakable cold sports packs are best)

styptic pencil or styptic powder for small bleeds

thermometer with case

4″ x 4 yd. flexible, cohesive, stretchable  gauze wrap

alcohol prep pads

2″ x 2″ and 3″ x 3″ sterile pads

gauze pads

two 5″ x 9″ trauma pads fpr comperssion

1″ x 2 yard adhesive tape

3 ply towels

iodine solition

hydrocortisone cream

tripple antibiotic intment

cotton swabs and cotton balls

latex or vinyl gloves

1 pair scissors

4″ plastic forceps or tweezers

hand wipes

antiseptic wipes

hydrogen peroxide, 3 % to induce vomiting

turkey baster to administer the hydrogen peroxide

blanket that can douoble as a pet sling carrier

Yes, this is a lot of gear, and you don’t need all this if you plan to shop the glitzy stores or visit a well equipped friend, but, if you plan on travel where you are n your onw, nar or far, just imagine the uses you could find for all this in a pinch.  So many thanks to Cyndi and Duffy!

Raja and I are going on the road in a couple of days to the Canine Performance Events National Championships in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  We’ll link up with former blog- featured canine athletes, Chloe (Maltipoo), Skamp (mini Aussie), Cara, CT, and Cy (Shih Tzu) and be there on site to film and record how this awesomechallenge of champions goes!  Until then, everybody please root for our athletes!


Comment by The McLane Cats

We absolutely swear by Neosporin and it even works on people. Remember, we have claws and don’t always take kindly to being handled…even if you are trying to help.

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Comment by Raja

Thank you McLane Cats… one question… Do you lick it? Personally I do not. I just wonder if you do? And thanks as always for your contributions to my blog!

Yours in Neosporin, Raja

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Comment by Cy & CT

Thank you for sharing your friend Duffy’s tip on the first aid kit. We are glad you checked with the vet to see what we should include in a first aid kit. It is a little late for us this trip but we can make it up for future road trips.

That sounds like a really fun trip Duffy took.

We will see you here in MN in a couple of days!

Cy, CT and mom Carolyn

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Comment by Ms. K

Thank you for this great article! I often use Neosporin for my bunnies as well. Just curious if you have heard about this dog first-aid kit recall?

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

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