You should have a first aid kit at home for your hound.
You never know what kind of mischief your pup will find!
The first aid kit should include:
- Absorbent gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
- Blanket (a foil emergency blanket)
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Gauze rolls
- Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting — do this only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert)
- Ice pack
- Non-latex, disposable gloves
- Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
- Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103° F or fall below 100° F)
- Scissors (with blunt ends)
- Sterile, non-stick gauze pads for bandages
- Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
- A pillowcase to confine your pet for treatment
- A pet carrier
In addition, make sure to post your veterinarian’s information, an emergency vet’s information and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline number, (888) 426-4435, somewhere that’s easily accessible.