6 All-Important Additions to Complete Your Dog First Aid Kit

Invest in Your Dog First Aid Kit

Last week I wrote about 11 Essentials For Your Dog First Aid Kit and how important it is to have a first aid kit at home, for days out and holidays.

I mentioned that, since buying the basic first aid kit, I have added items which I believe are must have additions. These 6 items added into your dog first aid kit will ensure you are covered for most eventualities until you are able to get your dog to a vet.

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My 6 Must Haves to Complete Your Dog First Aid Kid

Tom O’Tick Twister

Dog First Aid Kit {First Aid Kit} #TomOTwister #DogHealth #First Aid Kit #Dogs www.scruffylittleterrier.comWhen we found the first tick on Barney, I took him to the vet to have it removed. It was on his eyebrow and very close to his eye, so I didn’t want to chance the removal, plus I didn’t have anything to remove it with.

After that I took the time to learn about ticks and the best ways to remove them (I wrote about it in ‘Ticks ~ All You Need To Know’), so I bought a ‘Tom O’Tick Twister’. This item is not expensive, you get two twisters (for different sized ticks) and we have used it a lot!

The places we go on holiday with the dogs are known for being tick areas such as, the New Forest, Scotland and the Forest of Dean and Barney has managed to get one or two ticks each holiday, he’s a sniffer! You need to take care when removing a tick, there are lots of suggestions on the internet how to do this, but you have to ensure you get the tick’s head out intact with the body, as leaving the head in can cause infection.

This little bit of plastic has saved us a few visits to the vet, it is easy to use and so far it has removed the tick completely each time. A valuable addition to your dog first aid kit.

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Dog Socks

Dog First Aid Kit {First Aid Kit} #DogSocks #DogHealth #First Aid Kit #Dogs www.scruffylittleterrier.comDog socks I hear you say? What do we need these for? Well, after ticks, problems with paws seems to be the next most frequent injury for Barney and Sandy! I think Barney has hurt each one of his paws at some point or another, whether it is something in his pad, a split claw, or a wound from a dog bite!

These dog socks help to protect the paw from any further damage or licking, which allows the wound to heal much quicker. The ones I bought also have anti-slip soles, which can also help your dog on walk wooden floors if they have difficulty. The socks also help if your dog has a bandage on their paw which can’t get wet, whilst they aren’t waterproof, they do act as protection before putting on waterproof dog boots.

I bought size XS-S for Barney & Sandy, if they are too big the socks won’t stay up, I keep two of each in our first aid kit.

Oh and did I mention, they look pretty cute on too!

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Waterproof Dog Boots

Dog First Aid Kit {First Aid Kit} #DogWaterproofBoots #DogHealth #First Aid Kit #Dogs www.scruffylittleterrier.comQuite often once the bandage is removed from a paw wound, it has to be kept dry, clean and no licking is allowed, to give the wound time to heal.

This is where waterproof boots come in handy. The ones I bought for Barney and Sandy are 100% natural rubber, slip on easily (like a sock) and if you get the correct size, they stay on and keep the paw dry. They are reusable and because there is no padding on the boot sole, your dog can feel the ground and so can walk normally in them (after they’ve stopped sulking 😉 ).

I bought size XS for Barney and S for Sandy, I keep 4 of each in our first aid kit.

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Magnifying Glass

Dog First Aid Kit {First Aid Kit} #DogHealth #First Aid Kit #Dogs www.scruffylittleterrier.comThis might sound like an odd suggestion to have in your first aid kit. I decided to get one when Barney hurt his paw (again!). His paw was bleeding and the problem seemed to be between his toes, but what with all his fur and where the wound was, it was hard to tell what was causing the bleeding.

So I bought a magnifying glass with a light on it, I’ve found it really useful and am able to see exactly were a wound is and how bad it is. It also makes it easier to clean a wound and see whether a visit to the vet is necessary.

Recovery Collar

I cannot believe there is a dog owner in the land who hasn’t, at some point, used a recovery collar!

Whichever style you choose, these collars are great to prevent your dog from biting and licking the wound after a surgical operation or injury. It also provides a good protection while taking a bath, trimming the nails and general body care.

I’ve tried the inflatable collar style, the translucent plastic cone style and the comfy padded cone. Our two seem to prefer the translucent plastic cone style (let’s be honest, they hate them all, but they seem to happiest in this style).

These collars are a necessity to stop dogs licking their wounds, opening them up and causing an infection, a must have addition to your dog first aid kit.

Colloidal Silver

Dog First Aid Kit {First Aid Kit} ColloidalSilver #DogHealth #First Aid Kit #Dogs www.scruffylittleterrier.comWhat is colloidal silver? Colloidal silver is a liquid antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal that can be used on dogs (and other animals) for treating and preventing an assortment of conditions. Whilst colloidal silver is in no way a substitute for proper veterinary care, it can be used to help healing and boosting the immune system in many different ways. 

It can be used;

  • Topically ~ on the skin and wounds,
  • Orally ~ directly onto gums, or to help boost the immune system (however be aware that colloidal silver, like antibiotics can reduce the natural gut flora, so should be followed by probiotics and prebiotics to help reestablish normal gut flora).
  • Ears ~ can be dropped directly into the ears and could help fight off bacteria and yeast infections.
  • Eyes ~ because it doesn’t sting, colloidal silver can be dropped directly into the eye and could help with allergies, inflammation and tear staining.

Colloidal Silver comes in varying degrees of strength, so ensure you do your research and buy a high quality graded product. It is a great all-rounder to have in your dog first aid kit and include as part of holistic health for your dog.

Your Vamped Up Dog First Aid Kit

Your dog first aid kit, is in no way a substitute for proper veterinary care, but it does allow you to temporarily treat any injuries until you can take your dog to the vet and is a must have addition to any household.

Let us know if you have any items which you think should be included in our dog first aid kit, we’d love to hear from you!

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2 Comments

  1. Tamara Hockey

    Interesting read!

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    • Michelle

      Glad you found it interesting.

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