Basic First Aid For Dogs

Amol Ashok Sahasrabudhe

April 11, 2023

Basic First Aid For Dogs

There are a lot of things that can happen to your dog and to you that require immediate attention. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for these emergencies and know what to do. The best way to do this is to assemble a first aid kit for dogs. Here are some basic items you’ll want to include:

Antibiotic Ointment

One of the first things you’ll want to do after a scrape or cut is applied antibiotic ointment. Choosing the right ointment is important because these products kill bacteria and help prevent infection.

Antibiotic ointments come in different brands and types, including Polysporin (bacitracin/polymyxin B), Neosporin (bacitracin/neomycin), and bacitracin spray.

All of these products help kill bacteria and treat wounds that have become infected. They’re available over the counter (OTC), but you should talk to your doctor before using them.


Gauze is a fabric that absorbs fluid and helps to cleanse dead tissue. It’s available in various sizes and types to fit different wound needs.

Typically made of cotton, gauze can be woven or non-woven. Woven gauze is commonly used for bandages, while non-woven gauze is less prone to loose lint and debris that could slow healing.

Woven gauze is a fabric that is woven with horizontal warp threads interlaced over vertical weft threads. This weave structure creates a soft and crinkled texture.

Sterilization Pads

Sterilization pads are used to protect open wounds and absorb bodily fluids. They are typically made of gauze or rayon and polyester blend.

They are gamma irradiated for sterilization and come in various sizes to fit many types of wounds. Some are designed to wick away fluid without sticking to the healing tissue.

They are also used to clean skin before an injection or blood is drawn. They are soaked with 70% isopropyl alcohol to prevent site contamination.

Pain Relief Cream

Pain relief cream is a great way to ease your dog’s aches and pains without compromising their digestive system. Topical creams use active ingredients such as salicylates, menthol, and camphor to provide pain-relieving benefits.

Luckily, there are many options to choose from. The best ones offer the same pain-relieving benefits as over-the-counter medications but without side effects. The best pain relief creams are also made to be odorless or have an evocative vanishing smell. It’s a good idea to stock up on these products to avoid supply shortages. Keeping a first aid kit on hand is also good, so you’re always prepared for the unexpected.

Cold Compress

Cold compresses are an excellent way to reduce pain and inflammation when used correctly. They can also help with itching and may even suppress it.

Cold compresses are also helpful for acute injuries and are particularly effective during the first 72 hours following an injury or surgery. Combined with rest, ice, compression, and elevation, they can help minimize the effects of an injury.

Before using cold compresses, be sure to test the temperature of the compress on your skin for at least 30 seconds. If the compress is too hot, it may cause your dog to burn and be dangerous.

Sterilized Water Bottle

A sterilized water bottle is a handy item to keep on hand in case your dog gets into a scrape and needs some basic first aid. A few basics on hand are important, including rubber gloves, gauze or tape, and an antibacterial spray for cleaning cuts and scrapes.

To sterilize a bottle or nipple, wash it in warm soapy water and then boil, steam, or microwave. Make sure you use filtered water for this process. Regular tap water may have contaminants and can leave salts inside the equipment.