02-27-2013, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by DrMark1961
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.
Last edited by SeverinR; 02-27-2013 at 09:38 AM.