First Aid Kits!

First Aid Kits!

Car First Aid Kit

Your car first aid kit should have enough supplies to help you patch up any wounds well enough to get you home or if necessary to the vet.

GGA recommends that you at minimum stock your car first aid kit with the following:

  • Info Sheet - Dog(s) information (age, weights, tattoo numbers/microchip number, medications, allergies, vaccination and surgery history), vets phone number, phone number for 24hr emergency clinic  

  • Vet wrap

  • Gauze roll

  • Non stick gauze pads

  • Saline solution

  • Clean cloth or towel

  • Blunt nosed scissors

  • Tick key or tweezers

  • Bug spray

  • Extra collar, leash and muzzle

  • Squeaky toy or squawker  

  • Treats

  • Bed sheet large enough to make a stretcher

A  great solution for the car that is compact and easy to carry is a pre-stocked kit that you can purchase online. 

Amazon Canine-Friendly-Pet-First-Aid

Canadian Safety Supplies pet-first-aid-kits  

Home First Aid Kit

As you may have to deal with a wider range of issues in the home, your at home first aid kit should be more extensive. 

GGA recommends stocking your home first aid kit with the following:

Info Sheets

  • Greyhound values

  • Dog(s) information (age, weights, tattoo numbers/microchip number, medications, allergies, vaccination and surgery history)

  • Contact information for your regular Veterinary Clinic

  • Contact information for 24hr Emergency Veterinary Clinic

Wound Care

  • Clean cloth and/or towels 

  • Saline solution - used to flush wounds

  • Peroxide/betadine - used to disinfect wounds

  • Syringe - used with saline and peroxide/betadine to flush/apply to wounds 

  • Wound care ointment/salve/covering 

    • Ointment (ex. Derma Gel, Hibitane)- can be purchased from your Veterinarian, equestrian tack store (ex. Greenhawk - Derma Gel, Hibitane), pet stores (ex.Ren’s)

    • Unpasteurized honey - used for wound care as an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-viral Agent

    • Bag Balm

  • Vet wrap - ensure you do not cut off circulation by wrapping to tight; can be purchased from equestrian tack stores (ex.Greenhawk), pet stores (ex.Ren’s, Petsmart), TSC (ex.VET-WRAP-BANDAGE-TAPE), Amazon (ex.vet-wrap)

  • Gauze roll - can be purchased at any pharmacy

  • Non stick gauze pads in various sizes - can be purchased at any pharmacy

  • Baby socks - can be used to stop licking of wounds that need air or that don’t need to be wrapped

Insect/Parasite Prevention

  • Bug spray (ex.Absorbine Ultrashield)

  • Tick key/tweezers - it's important to remove the entire tick and to not agitate it while it is attached; if you are unsure about removal consult your Veterinarian  

  • Deworming medication - purchased from your Veterinarian

Pain/swelling/mild infection/overheating

  • CBD oil - can be used for pain and anxiety; please do your research prior to purchase and use

  • Liniment - used with massage to relieve sore muscles (ex. Amazon, Greenhawk

  • Rubbing alcohol - can be used to cool an overheated dog; apply to extremities and allow to dry; Do Not allow your dog to ingest rubbing alcohol

  • Epsom salt - used as a soak with warm water to help draw out infection, swelling, foreign bodies, etc.

Intestinal support

  • Probiotic (ex. Fortiflora) - used to improve intestinal upset/health 

Nail care

  • Dremel/nail clippers

  • Nail file

  • Styptic powder - used to stop bleeding if the quick gets nicked; can also be used on minor wounds (ex. Ren's)

Other

  • Muzzle - use your muzzle! Can stop a bite to you or another animal, can also be used to stop licking of wounds/stitches

  • Tweezers

  • Forceps

  • Blunt nosed scissors

  • Flashlight

  • Thermometer 

Optional items

  • Stethoscope

  • Clippers

Additional Resources

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association: creating a first aid kit 

Prevention Vet: how to make a first aid kit 

Disclaimer: Please do you research prior to purchase of any product or administering first aid care yourself. Follow all product instructions and warnings. When in doubt contact your Veterinarian. 

 

Gillian Lee

21.08.2019

First Aid