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14 essentials for your DIY dog first aid kit

When you work with dogs it is vital that you are prepared for any sudden medical emergencies that may arise while the dog is in your care.  Having a dog first aid kit on hand allows you to quickly treat any injuries until you seek appropriate veterinary care.

You can buy ready-made dog first aid kits online but if like me you’d prefer to make your own, here are 14 essentials to add to your DIY Dog First Aid Kit.

  1. Eye wash
  2. Tweezers
  3. Blanket
  4. Cotton Buds
  5. Sterile Gloves
  6. Tick Remover
  7. Antihistamine
  8. Antiseptic Wash
  9. Medical Scissors
  10. Sterile Gauze Pads
  11. Clot stop
  12. Instant Cold Pack
  13. Antibiotic Ointment
  14. Hand Sanitizer

The DIY first aid kit above is no substitute for proper veterinary treatment, which should be sought as quickly as possible.  However, it does provide you with essential items to allow you to temporarily treat injuries until you can take the dog to the vet.

If you are working with dogs, it would be worthwhile taking a dog first course so you are better prepared for any emergencies that may occur. It is also an added extra that will make dog owners feel safe in the knowledge that should their dog have an accident, you are capable of providing emergency care.

There are a number of first aid providers throughout the UK who run first aid courses specifically for dogs.  A couple of course providers who might want to look up are: Rhodes 2 Safety and Dog First Aid Ltd.

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