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Essential Items To Have In Your Dog First Aid Kit

Life is one of those things that usually never goes the way you want to or think it will go. Things just happen! But, if you have a dog and you want to make sure that you are always prepared and ready in case something does happen, you should have a dog first aid kit. While you can purchase these, I would suggest making your own because then you can customize it however you see fit. If you need some ideas on what items you should be included, check out the list below to get started!

Paperwork For Your Pooch

If you are having some sort of a critical emergency, you will want to keep all of this information in one place. It should include things like vaccination and medical records, emergency phone numbers or any other passports for your dog. Also, if you leave your pet with a dog sitter make sure that they know where the first aid kit is.

Antibiotic Ointment or Neosporin

Whether your pup gets a small scratch or a cut, an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin is a great item to have in your first aid kit! Not only can it help relieve any pain or soreness they might be having, but it can help prevent any infections as well as act as a barrier against dirt and germs. If you’re not comfortable with using Neosporin, you can also use coconut oil – though this won’t protect against germs it will soothe the area until you can see a vet, and you don’t have to worry about them eating it.

Scissors, Tape, and Gauze

If you’re in an emergency situation, gauze can help soak up blood – or can be used as a temporary brace. You can also use an old but clean t-shirt and tape for a brace too until you can get in to see a vet.

Collapsible Food and Water Bowls

When you think of food and water bowls you think of clunkiness and something that takes up a lot of space, but there are special collapsible food and water bowls that you can place right in the first aid kit for your dog.

Small Bottles of Water and Emergency Food/Treats

People that live in areas where wildfires, volcanos, or earthquakes are present will also want to add some essential nutrients to their first aid kit for the dog. Like with humans, water = life! So make sure you pack a few bottles of water just in case you don’t have access to water for hours, days or weeks at a time.

Medications

Of course, this should be common sense but if your pup has any medications that are imperative to keeping them healthy, make sure that you pack these in the first aid kit as well. Another idea is to also include their flea and tick meds if you’re going to be traveling.

Creature Comforts

If an emergency ever happens, your pup will want to be comforted. If they have a favorite toy or blanket, make sure that you also pack this away in a first aid kit too. It will help to keep them calm.

Safety Dog Handbook

These are really smart to have! These little guidebooks teach you how to give your dog CPR, how to bandage a wound or even give you more ideas to add to your first aid kit.

In addition to all of the items above, you can also ask your vet if they can suggest any other items or products to have in your dog first aid kit.

As the old age saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Already you will be more prepared for a pet emergency. And while you are educating yourself consider reading this blog, Emergency Care for your pet — before you get to the veterinarian

And our local clients can take great comfort in knowing we are available to you 24 hours a day with the services of Metro Animal Emergency Clinic, learn more here: http://www.halifaxveterinaryhospitalinc.com/blog/emergency-care-when-you-need-it

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Last updated: September 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital