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Old 09-06-2012, 11:52 AM
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I tried to post here yesterday but my power went out. That happens a lot here.
The first aid kit should always include activated charcoal. It is okay to induce vomiting but sometimes, by the time the dog has been driven to the emergency clinic and been through reception, it is too late. If activated charcoal is given at home a lot of poisoning deaths can be avoided.
Also, when wounds are taken care of do not use peroxide. There is too much tissue damage. Keep a small bottle of chlorhexidine or betadine in your kit. Hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning up though, both you and the dog.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:39 AM
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I can relate your post. I have some of the first aid kit that you posted and just like you I need some advice about the other kit for my dog.

Thank you for your post. I really apprecite it. Hoping somebody will add your post here.
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I went ahead and wrote an article about the things that I keep in my first aid kit at home. The link is What Should I Put in a Dog First Aid Kit? . What is the other kit you are needing help with? Leave me a message if I can help in any way.
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I tried to post here yesterday but my power went out. That happens a lot here.
The first aid kit should always include activated charcoal. It is okay to induce vomiting but sometimes, by the time the dog has been driven to the emergency clinic and been through reception, it is too late. If activated charcoal is given at home a lot of poisoning deaths can be avoided.
Also, when wounds are taken care of do not use peroxide. There is too much tissue damage. Keep a small bottle of chlorhexidine or betadine in your kit. Hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning up though, both you and the dog.
H.Peroxide (H202) will get blood out of most cloth, even after several days. Dr recently used it to get betadine out of his lab coat. (I didn't think anything would get betadine out.) Check exp. dates.

I need to make a first aid kit. But tough to remember to take in the car, can't leave it in there because liquids will freeze.

Where do you get LR(lactated ringers)? and how do you use it in first aid?
Sterile normal saline is great to irrigate the wounds, and can cool an over heated dog. Use in the bag and you can use it again.

Have never tried to check a puppy pulse, I assume neck and along the leg would be common pulse points?

I used horse wound spray(the kind that makes the wound purple) on a dogs claw, when it got it caught in a trampline when it jumped off. Never did figure out how: 1 it did it in the first place, and two it didn't rip the claw off completely. It didn't say it should only be used on horses.

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I see no reason for having LRS in a first aid kit. If your dog has parvo take it in for hospitilization.
Even tap water is okay to flush a wound, but physiologic saline is better.
To check the pulse on a dog, find the artery that runs along the femur on the inside of the back leg. You should do a brief physical exam on your dog every week. It will take about five minutes and if there is an abnormality you will know about it sooner. Do It Yourself Physical Exam for Your Dog will tell you more details.
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https://www.dogforum.com/dog-health/p...andbook-28792/

Thought I'd link that here.
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Also maybe a Gatorade or Pedialyte and a needleless syringe if the dog was dehydrated.

Can you please list an example of a caustic substance? I googled the word but that didnt help...

bleach?
a little late but:

As a general rule do not induce vomiting unless your vet instructs you to, but anything that says on the bottle "If Swallowed to not induce vomiting call poison control" is caustic and should not be vomited back up. For example: Lye will do more damage being vomited up than being allowed to pass through.
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This is an excellent link to 8 things you might have left out of the first aid kit!

I didn't know some of these even existed, and SO USEFUL!

8 Dog First Aid Items You've Probably Left Out of Your Kit | Dogster
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I think this link answers the question well and the tools listed are the basic ones needed:

Your Pet's First Aid Kit : The Humane Society of the United States
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Thankx alot guys..this is an awesome idea..ill go create mine right now!
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