The Importance of Canine First Aid Kits

Canine First Aid Kits

Emergencies can happen at any time on a walk, around the home, in the garden, or anywhere. For these situations, it is important to be prepared with knowledge and canine first aid kits.

The situations can vary from minor issues to emergency situations, and owners have to be able to act immediately.

This post contains expert advice and was written by Rachel Bean, a Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Knowing When to Take Emergency Action

Knowing when to take quick action and having the necessary supplies may be lifesaving.

The first thing owners need to do is register their pets with a veterinary surgery and ideally have pet insurance, as accidents often happen out of hours and can be costly.

Owners should have their local vet’s telephone number on hand at all times and know the procedure if they need the vet’s help ‘out of Hours’.

If this is all in place, then the next thing is to have a good and comprehensive First Aid Kit so you act quickly, especially if the dog is bleeding, as it is imperative you act swiftly to stop bleeding.

The Recommended Contents of a Canine First Aid Kits

If you are looking for a First Aid Kit that is more comprehensive and may be for your car, then the following contents are ideal.

Since any accidents that occur out on walks tend to be cuts that involve bleeding, it makes sense that your kit has many bandages – lots of kits only have one set of bandages, which is not useful in a bleeding situation!

Another essential item often overlooked is a Tourniquet, which can be lifesaving. If the owner does not have one, they can use a bootlace, a hoody draw cord, the dog’s lead, etc. 

The bag used should also be big enough to add extras such as a spare lead, a towel, etc. 

We also recommend that you attend a Veterinary professional-led Canine First Aid Course

We have included a list of items to include in your Canine First Aid kits below.

Bandages

  • 2 x Conforming bandages 5cm x 4m.

  • 2 x Conforming bandages 7.5cm x 4m.

  • 2 x Conforming bandages 10cm x 4m.

  • 2 x Latex free cohesive bandage 5cm x 4m white.

  • 2 x Latex free cohesive bandage 7.5cm x 4m white.

  • 2 x Latex free cohesive bandage 10cm x 4m white.

Dressings

  • 1 x Non-adherent dressing pad 5cm x 5cm.

  • 2 x Non-adherent dressing pads 10cm x 10cm.

  • 1 x Cotton gauze swabs BP 7.5cm x 7.5cm pack of 5.

Other Items

  • 1 x Forceps plastic non-sterile 4.5″ – for thorns, ticks etc.

  • 1 x Microporous tape 2.5cm x 5m.

  • 1 x Zinc oxide plaster tape 2.5cm x 5m white.

  • 3 x Eye Wash pods 20ml.

  • 1 x Foil blanket adult size.

  • 1 x Disposable Tourniquet.

canine first aid bandage

Rachel Bean is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and has worked in Veterinary Practice for 27 years. She is working hard to train more Dog Owners and Dog-friendly businesses to be more knowledgeable in Canine First Aid – If you would like training, then contact Rachel at rachelbean@hotmail.co.uk.

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