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First Aid

Dogs - First Aid All dog owners hope that their dog will avoid injury, and many take precautions to try to make sure this is the case. But what if the worst happens and your pup is injured in some way? You need to be prepared to give him the best emergency assistance that you can.

One of the best ways to prepare for an emergency is to have certain supplies on hand, including the following:

  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Aspirin
  • Cotton Balls
  • Gauze pads and bandages
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent)
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Towel
  • Tweezers

Having these items on hand will help to ease your mind when you are faced with an emergency situation. Keeping calm is very important because it will help your dog to stay calm as well. You can speak to him in a calm, reassuring voice and help him to know that everything's okay.

In certain emergency situations, it may be a good idea to muzzle your dog (with an actual muzzle, or even with a necktie or a scarf) to prevent fear biting. Even if your dog never bites, an extreme circumstance may cause him to do things that would normally be out of character for him, which is another reason to remain calm around him.