An excursion or holiday with your four-legged friend is great. Finally plenty of time for joint activities and a cozy get-together. But despite all the anticipation, the first-aid kit must not be neglected when planning.
It's not just important for dogs that need medication on a regular basis. A minor accident or illness can happen at any time. The more prepared you are, the better you can help your four-legged friend.
In this article you will find out everything that belongs in the first-aid kit.
The first-aid kit for dogs
For a short weekend trip, the essentials are sufficient. However, if you travel for a long time, your dog's first-aid kit needs more. This applies above all to medication that your four-legged friend has to take regularly. Be sure to stock up and get enough from your vet if necessary.
It is also important to look for veterinarians at your destination in advance. In the event of an emergency, you can react directly and save valuable time. It is best to write down the addresses and telephone numbers on your mobile phone and write them down on a piece of paper. You put this in your first-aid kit so that you always have it to hand.
If your trip takes you abroad, you should also make sure beforehand that the vet speaks English or German.
But what exactly belongs in a first-aid kit for the dog?
Here we give an insight into what we pack and consider for our four-legged friends in order to be as well prepared as possible for an emergency situation.
The contents of the travel kit for dogs
Basic equipment includes the following items:
- Vaccination pass
- Tick hook, natural tick repellent (e.g. coconut oil), chemical tick repellent (for southern areas)
- Flea comb
- Fever thermometer
- Muzzle (this may be mandatory in some countries)
- paw ointment (to prevent injuries)
- Different types of scissors: claw scissors, skin scissors (to cut the injuries freely), bandage scissors*
- Disposable gloves*
- gauze bandages*
- Fixing Plaster*
- Disposable syringes*
- Rescue Blanket*
The items marked with an asterisk can be found in every first aid kit in the car. They form an ideal basis and should not be missing in any first-aid kit!
But the first-aid box is not primarily designed for the dog and is therefore not sufficiently equipped.
A little tip: get elastic fixation bandages. They come in very handy for our pets' mobility.
Putting on a bandage can be pretty tricky, by the way. This is especially true for paw bandages. If your dog is in pain, it is likely that he is restless and fidgety. Bandaging his paw in this condition can be challenging. It is therefore advisable to practice putting on a paw bandage thoroughly, and not only in an emergency. Through the exercise you will gain confidence and be able to react better in a stressful situation.
Another important part of your dog's first-aid kit is cushion padding. This can be used to pad the area between the toes in the event of paw or claw injuries.
The paw bandage is on, but outside it's wet and full of dirt paths? Then protect the bandage with a paw glove. If you don't have one ready, you can alternatively use a blue garbage bag or a plastic bag. It doesn't look that fancy, but it serves its purpose.
And a protective collar also belongs in your dog's luggage. Some four-legged friends tend to constantly nibble or lick an injury. This can lead to skin irritation and inflammation. A small injury quickly becomes a big deal. There are many practical variations of protective collars, so there is bound to be a suitable collar for your pet.
To be prepared for small, superficial injuries, you should carry the following items with you:
- Wound and healing ointment
- Disinfectant (not burning!)
- Panthenol Ointment
- Zinc Ointment
- Saline solution for rinsing
- Betaisodone Ointment
For small problems affecting the eyes, Euphrasia eye drops (by Wala) are suitable. These are suitable for both humans and dogs and are homeopathic.
There are special ear cleaners to clean your four-legged friend's ears. Wet wipes for babies are also perfectly adequate.
Bach flower drops.are also helpful against possible travel sickness and excitement
Does your four-legged friend react sensitively to new, unfamiliar situations? Then you shouldn't change the food on vacation. Better take enough of his usual food with you to prevent gastrointestinal problems.
You can also relieve his stress by packing his usual blanket, favorite treats and toys. The familiar objects and smells reassure him.
Nevertheless, stomach problems and digestive problems can occur. So it doesn't hurt to have something soothing with you, for example Healing Earth or Sanofor (natural moor).
Here are a few more recommendations that we think are important:
- Nux Vomica Globuli (against general nausea)
- Oral pedant (in case of an acute emergency with persistent diarrhea)
- Charcoal comprettes (for diarrhea as well as poisoning. Also works as an immediate measure. Please go to the vet, even if the suspicion of poisoning may only be small!)
- Cooling Pad & Hot Water Bottle
- Arnica & Kytta ointment (if joint problems should occur more often)
- painkillers (especially if the dog is often in pain/not healthy).
The usual medicines for your four-legged friend, which must be taken regularly, also belong in a complete first-aid kit.
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These drugs are dangerous for your dog
Some medications are equally suitable for humans and dogs. Others, however, can be life-threatening for your animal. Therefore, a strict separation between your pharmacy and that of your dog is important.
You must not give your dog the following:
- Medication for allergies
- sleeping pills
- Cough syrups that contain pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine
- Pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin, diclofenac or paracetamol
To be on the safe side, you should not give your dog any medicines from human medicine. Only use these if your vet tells you otherwise, or if he or she says they are safe.
Conclusion - the first-aid kit is a must
While we all hope that our loved ones won't get sick or injured, that risk is always there.A well-stocked first-aid kit is the be-all and end-all to being able to help your dog quickly. Make sure that the contents are always up to date and that you have them to hand. So you are well prepared for a possible emergency - your four-legged friend will thank you.