Minor health problems in dogs can often be treated very well by the dog owner themselves and without consulting a veterinarian. Of course, this requires that the dog lover also has the necessary medication and medical equipment on hand. For this reason, it is advisable to put together a small medicine cabinet for your dog, which can be used to treat small aches and pains in your four-legged friend. But in principle, if you have long-term or serious health problems, you should always consult a veterinarian! Below is a small list of the important medications and medical instruments for the dog’s first aid kit.
Which medications should be in the dog’s first aid kit?
In general, the dog owner should only treat the dog with over-the-counter and, ideally, homeopathic medications. Preparations intended for humans should never be used for this purpose, as these medications have too high a concentration of ingredients and can endanger the animal’s health! Therefore, the dog owner should always consult the pharmacist or veterinarian about the ideal medication for the dog.
The dog’s first aid kit can, for example, be equipped with the following preparations:
- Remedies for calming, against stress and anxiety (e.g. Bach flowers)
- mild disinfectant for wound treatment
- Homeopathic remedy for oral wound treatment and hemostasis (e.g. Arnica C30 globules)
- a non-prescription painkiller for dogs (possibly also a natural preparation for joint pain like the DOG FIT by PreThis® JOINTS)
- Milking fat or petroleum jelly to care for dog paws
- Ringer’s solution for rinsing wounds and the dog’s eyes
- Zinc ointment for wound healing
- Non-prescription anti-diarrheal medication for dogs (if the diarrhea is severe, go to the vet immediately!)
- Preparations to strengthen the dog’s immune system such as DOG FIT by PreThis® IMMUN and the high-dose ones DOG FIT by PreThis® VITAMIN B complex.
What else should be in the medicine cabinet for the dog?
In addition to medication, the medicine cabinet should also contain some medical items and bandages that can be used to provide the dog with initial care. The dog’s first aid kit therefore includes:
- Tweezers for removing thorns in the paw
- a tick tweezers
- animal hair scissors
- a clinical thermometer with a flexible tip
- sterile gauze bandages
- sterile wound compresses and swabs
- Adhesive tape (leukoplast) for fixing a bandage
- a bandage scissors
- a supporting bandage with a bandage clip
The medicine cabinet is only used for initial care of the dog!
Finally, it should be mentioned again that the dog’s first aid kit is only used to provide the dog with initial care and to treat small wounds and harmless illnesses! In the event of serious complaints that persist over a longer period of time and even in the event of serious injuries, you must always consult a veterinarian!
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