You will want to have certain dog medical supplies on hand because your dog can have a medical emergency just like you or any member of your family.
These events rarely come with warnings, so you need to have the proper supplies on hand when they occur. Some of the medical emergencies that you may experience include:
You don’t need dramatic circumstances to experience any type of medical emergency. Even healthy pets with no diagnosed medical conditions can suddenly have seizures or lose their balance and fall down the stairs. Puppies can even have these events, especially if they have a medical condition that has not yet been diagnosed.
The first thing you need to handle these emergencies is easy access to helping phone numbers. Some numbers that you may want to list on your refrigerator or in another location include:
If there is more than one emergency vet clinic in your area, list all of their numbers so that you can find one that will see your dog when an emergency breaks out. If you are uncertain about something that your dog has eaten, the animal control poison center is your immediate resource for help.
Armed with those numbers to reach help, you are ready to create a pet emergency kit that will help you deliver immediate care to your pet if they ever experience a medical problem or get injured. This kit should include the following dog medical supplies:
You don’t need to purchase special products made just for pets for most of these items. You don’t want to use human Band-Aids on your dog, but you can use gauze, adhesive tape and other standard first aid items that are made for humans.
The activated charcoal or Milk of Magnesia is to absorb poison in the case your dog ingests something that could harm or kill them. You should always call the animal poison control center or your local emergency vet clinic before giving this to your dog. They will tell you if it is necessary and how much you should give your dog. They may also recommend taking the time to travel to the closest emergency clinic so that they can treat your dog.
Depending on the circumstances of an injury or medical event, you may need fast access to your dog’s collar, harness or leash. You may also need a way to carry them safely out of your home in order to get them to the vet or emergency clinic without causing unnecessary pain or making injuries worse. This calls for a makeshift stretcher. You need something firm and stable to lay your dog on, soft cloth or other padding for comfort, and a way to safely pick it up and carry your dog to the car.
If you have no idea how you would create a stretcher in that circumstance, start looking around your home and think creatively. What materials could you use in a pinch? Who would you call in an emergency, and are they able to help you carry your dog if that is a last resort?
Advance planning is the best way to protect your dog in an emergency. Put your emergency kit together as quickly as possible and be ready to act quickly if a dangerous situation arises.