Don’t Forget This Critical First Aid Component

Don't Forget This Critical First Aid Component

( – First aid is an important part of your prepping supplies. After all, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll go without some kind of injury if SHTF. However, there is one part of a first aid kit many people are likely forgetting – specifically pet owners.

Willard Veterinary gives some great tips on how to get your dog to take medication, but what if something worse happens? Are you prepared?

Dogs are man’s best friend and are prone to injury as well, especially when under stress. Be sure to add these items to your first aid kit to keep them covered:

  • Alcohol swabs
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Syringes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Gauze
  • Tweezers
  • Styptic powder
  • Medical gloves
  • Eyewash
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Vaseline (petroleum jelly)
  • Instant cold and hot compress packs
  • Rubber bulb syringe
  • Cotton balls
  • A towel

Most of these items already come in store-bought first-aid kits, so either get an extra kit for the pets or buy extra of each item you’ll need. Dogs are just as prone to illnesses as we are, but we can’t always treat them with the same medications we use. For example, dogs should never take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSIADs), acetaminophen, decongestants, methylphenidate (ADHD treatment) or antidepressants as these have adverse effects on our furry friends.

Thankfully, there are some over-the-counter options available for dogs such as buffered or baby aspirin, Benadryl, Dramamine, Kaopectate, Pepto Bismol, and 3% hydrogen peroxide (in moderation). Talk to a veterinarian for directions on when and how to use these products.

Prepping with a four-legged friend requires special considerations, especially when it comes to bugging out. To see how a dog can actually help carry its weight when forced to evacuate, check out this article on how to create a bug out bag for a canine.

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