None of us want to see our dog get sick. But sometimes dogs, like people, fall ill. Although we all have access to vets, it’s a good idea to keep some medical items at home, just in case. After all, we humans keep pills and plasters in the house. Here are some medical items no doggy medical arsenal should be without.
When disaster strikes, you want to have all the necessary paperwork to hand. That includes things like your dog’s medical records and an emergency phone number. Keep a file or folder with all of this information near to your dog’s first aid kit. You never know when you might need to root out certain information. And you never know what medical history a vet might find relevant.
Every year, thousands of dogs swallow things that they shouldn’t. It’s no surprise that it’s a common problem, given that dogs explore the world with their mouths. But, of course, it can land our four-legged friends in big trouble.
So what can you do if you think your dog has swallowed something they shouldn’t? One option is to keep a vial of hydrogen peroxide on hand. Hydrogen peroxide induces vomiting, a natural reflex to get rid of unwanted contents in the stomach. However, if you’re not experienced in doing this sort of thing, it’s best to get a vet to do it instead.
One of the first signs that an animal is sick is that they start to lose weight. Often problems aren’t immediately obvious. But by the time you notice them, any disease may already be well advanced. That’s why all dog owners should have some type of scales to keep track of their dog’s weight.
But as all dog owners know, weighing a dog is easier said than done. That’s why dog owners should have something like the Tree LVS-700 vet scale. These scales, used by vets, have large surfaces for easily weighing pets.
If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, it’s eventually going to cut or graze itself. Cuts and grazes can obviously lead to infection, especially if you’re a dog. Every dog owner, therefore, should keep some type of antibacterial wipe or ointment in their medical arsenal. If your dog has a cut or a graze, whip out the antiseptic and get rid of all those nasty germs that can lead to infection.
Dressings And Muzzle
For small injuries, it’s not always necessary to go to the vets. You can usually sort out minor cuts and scrapes yourself. Every well-equipped medical arsenal should have some bandages and some tape. But even when the injury is bigger, it can be a good idea to try to bring it under control at home first before visiting the vets.
When injuries are serious, you don’t want your dog to be able to interfere with the wound. Therefore, dog owners who are prepared will also have a muzzle to hand to stop the dog from interfering with the wound. When dressing a wound, remember to wear gloves.