April 09, 2021
Like humans, dogs can be injured while hiking or camping. Make sure you pack the necessary items to treat your dog in case of injury or emergencies. Check out this article for a list of items you should include in your pet’s first aid kit before embarking on your next adventure! Be sure to consult your veterinarian in case your dog may need additional items in his first aid kit.
Most pathway injuries are minor, such as abrasions or bruises, but you should be prepared to treat minor injuries, as well as more extreme cases, such as a broken bone or an allergic reaction. If your dog suffers a serious injury or a serious allergic reaction, leave a trail and see your veterinarian.
If your dog shaves or stretches his leg, bandages can prevent the wound from getting worse until you get home and completely heal your dog. Elastic bandages can also keep your dog’s legs compressed if you think they may have stretched it.
It is easy for your dog to get stuck in the paws and bodies of a tick, thorn or fox tail. The sooner you can remove a tick from your dog, the better. Tweezers can also be used to remove insect stings on your dog – be sure to look for signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives or swelling if an insect stings your dog.
Your dog may get stuck in his eyes with dirt, bugs or other foreign objects while examining. Carry saline with you, which will allow you to put liquid in the corners of your dog’s eyes to wash foreign objects.
Dogs can have allergic reactions, just like humans. A severe allergic reaction to plants, bites or stings can cause urticaria or other symptoms. If you see that your dog is overreacting, the basic rule is 2 mg of Benadryl per kilogram of body weight every eight hours. This should help reduce the symptoms, but it will make your dog sleepy. Be sure to consult your veterinarian before going on your next hike, just in case you need to treat your dog.
Usually used to shave cuts, the styptic pencil can seal small cuts and slits, such as broken nails that bleed a lot.
However, you should plan to carry food and water, but be sure to take extra in your first aid kit, just in case you forget to pack it in your main bag or need more during the hike. This can also be helpful if you think your dog may be experiencing heat stroke and needs to cool down. Think about it folding bowl for dogs from Alpha Pak.
The items in your first aid kit are most useful if you know what to do with them. In an emergency, you can easily forget what to do. Consider purchasing a first aid guide for your dog to consult in case you need first aid on the trails.
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