Creating A Doggy First-Aid Kit
Keeping your pooch safe at home
If you are a dog owner and your pooch hurts themselves, there are things you can do to prevent infection, and maybe even a trip to the vet.
Dr. Lynne Bodell from Lynne Bodell’s Veterinary Clinic says that simple over-the-counter items can be used to keep your pets wounds clean while they heal.
“For something like a small injury I would have just bandage material on hand, the Elastoplast, cotton wool and gauze and something like Manuka honey which is a really good dressing that you can put on and it’s antibacterial” Dr. Bodell said.
She did warn though, if you’re putting a bandage on your pet to make sure it’s not on too firmly to prevent cutting off the bloody supply and doing more damage.
There are also a number of human medications that you can give to dogs, but Dr. Bodell warns that cats need a different course of action.
“You can for dogs, and I stress this is for dogs, never ever ever for a cat, can you use paracetamol occasionally, it’s best to also check with your vets the dose rate but paracetamol is okay in dogs” Dr. Bodell said.
Dr. Bodell says that having a first aid kit at home for your pets is important but you shouldn’t hesitate to give the clinic a call if you have any questions or concerns about your pet.
Listen here to find out what you should have in your doggy first aid kit: