We had a situation over the weekend which resulted in us giving minor First-Aid when one of our dogs, Dibbs, just wouldn’t leave the area above his hip alone. We first noticed that he had fur dried to his skin, then saw that the skin was pinker than it should be, so we needed to act before he caused himself more discomfort.

Having had dogs over the years with various ailments, we’ve built up our little Doggy First Aid kit, so we were able to do a couple of bits and pieces for him (which he, of course, doesn’t like – how many dogs do?), such as …..

 

Hibiscrub

It’s a fantastic antibacterial skin cleanser which can help to clear up any nasties!

We had our prescribed from the vets, but I believe you can buy it from pet stores and the like.

Made from Hisbiscus Flowers, it feels like you’re using something less medicinal than other antibacterial washes.

Salt Water

To wash down the Hibiscrub, help clean wounds and to try to make a dog regurgitate (read vomit) when when they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t!

We have a bottle of salted water made up permanently. We’ve had to mark it clearly as I have in the past taken a huge swig out of it – it is absolutely foul!

You can make this yourself for your First-Aid kit without taking a scientific degree ….. boil water in a kettle and allow to cool. When cool, add 35g to a litre of water and shake until dissolved. I made enough water to fill a normal drinking bottle, but I swear it is far saltier than this – at least that’s how it tasted! (yuck!).

 

A clean syringe or an eye-dropper

This is something we don’t have at present, but I am definitely going to get!

If the dog has an eye injury or you need to put something your dog thinks is nasty (but good for them), it’s easier to use something that drops rather than trying to hold a wriggling, sore and just doesn’t want to be there dog and manoeuvre a bottle of water so it only gives a drop!

 

Cotton wool

Seriously, where would we be without cotton wool? It can used for everything! You just have to be careful around eyes and wounds that you don’t leave any fibres behind.

If you don’t like cotton wool, you could use cotton pads.

Sterile dressings

We have these in our own first aid kit, so we’ll nick them out of there if we need them. After all, if it’s good enough for me, it’s good enough for the dog, right?