Travelling with dogs: Pet First Aid
I personally carry a first aid/medical kit in my vehicle at all times. I also carry mini first aid kits, in all my bags. I know, it may sound like overkill but I spend a lot of time in the outdoors. I just don’t have myself to think about, I have to look out for my dog Holly as well. Besides, carrying a first aid/medical kit also enables me, to help others, if the need arises. Better to have it and not need it, than not have it and need it.
It is also a good idea to have with you, phone numbers of your vet or local vets in the area, in which you are travelling. (include addresses as well) Don’t just have them on your phone, write them down in a note book. Makes life a whole lot easier. That goes for doctors and medical centres as well.
Many items in a human first aid kit can be utilised for your dog. I make my own kits up, as I find it, a lot cheaper. You can also buy the commercially available kits and add to them. They of course come in various sizes and are priced accordingly. So, not as daunting as you may think because if you already have a first aid kit, you are more than half way there.
You can also sign up for a Pet first aid course (NZ) this is one of the few listed on Google, plus there are, many books available on the subject.
I keep, First Aid for Dogs: What to do When Emergencies Happen by Bruce Fogle D.V.M in my glove box.
Here is a list of a few things I have added to my first aid/medical kit.
Muzzle: It doesn’t matter how much your dog loves you or you love your dog, if its is in a lot of pain and you need work on your dog, there is a good chance it may bite you. Its nothing personal.
Nail Clippers: If you don’t know how to use or trim your dogs nails, its a good idea to learn. As your dog may break, crack or damage a nail.
Rescue Remedy: for stress and anxiety, may not work on all dogs. (also good for humans) but isn’t a long term solution.
Blood stopping agent: such as Celox or stypic powder for minor cuts, there are also other products available, on the market.
Antihistamine: Bee stings and the like for many dogs are just painful and annoying but for others who have an allergic reaction, it can kill them. Dogs often get stung in the mouth, throat, face or on their feet. If you know your dog is allergic, it should be something you carry with you, at all times. If you don’t know if your dog is allergic, Benadryl is a antihistamine but you have to be careful, over dosing is easy to do, so please check with your vet.
Flea & Worm Treatment: Depending on where you are going or how long you are going to be away, they maybe something you need to take with you.
Sun block: you may need to have this for your pet also.
Torch: Always comes in handy, you never know when you will need it.
From Bark Post: Here’s What You Need To Do If Your Dog Is Stung By A Bee
Lastly, make sure you have your dog registration, any medication or other medical information with you but most of all, have fun and enjoy the journey, with your dog.