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Small Dog First Aid and Know How to Respond to Emergencies

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If the American Red Cross chapter in your community offers its pet first aid course, please
take it. It's excellent and a nominal cost. Click below to see if it's offered where you live: http://www.redcross.org/services/hss/courses/pfachapter.html

Pet Tech is a private company that offers a similar course. It's taught more frequently and at more locations than the Red Cross one but it costs significantly more.

I do think it's worth it to take at least one of these courses.

If your dog has been poisoned or swallowed something he shouldn't, don't waste time. Contact your vet's office or call the ASPC poison hotline: 1-888-426-4435. There is a fee but it's available 24/7 and staffed by actual veterinarians.

See also the article on How to take a small dog's temperature

American Red Cross Dog First Aid book and DVD
Dog First Aid
book and DVD

Dog First Aid

From the American Red Cross, this is a book and DVD with dog specific first aid treatment for almost 70 emergencies including

  • CPR
  • Choking
  • Bleeding
  • Trauma
  • Poisoning
  • Non-emergency topics related to dog care; e.g.,
    spay/neuter your dog.

The book is spiral bound and has lots of color photographs. I can't think of any emergency that isn't covered.

There is a DVD that shows you techniques, but it would be most helpful after you've taken a class and need a refresher. Don't let an emergency be the first time to look at the DVD!

For approximately $12, this is something no dog owner should be without.






Red Cross App

The Red Cross now offers a 99-cent app for your smartphones with for 25 emergency situations including heart and respiratory emergencies in addition to the too-common poisioning.

It also has a locator for the nearest accredited veterinary hospital, very handy when you're traveling wtih your dog.

Get it here: Red Cross App for iPhone, Android and Kindle

Here's a short video on how the ap works.

color image of American Kennel Club first aid kit for dogs






AKC Pet First Aid Kit, Large, 51-Piece

I bought this kit because I felt the AKC (American Kennel Club) one would be designed for dogs and have all the essential needs. I'm satisfied on both counts.

Other kits I looked at were all-pet kits that lacked many of the AKC items or had things I didn't want (nothing against cats!).

I also liked that this one serves well for routine problems such as removing ticks and for major emergencies such as a hurricanes (I live on Texas coast). If you can afford it, consider keeping one kit in your car and one at home.

Among the 51 items are:

  • Waterproof emergency ID tag and information card
  • Thermal foil emergency blanket
  • Emergency reflective lead
  • Collapsible waterproof bowl
  • Alcohol cleansing pads
  • Medicine applicator
  • Fur-friendly bandage wrap
  • Tweezers with attached magnifying glass
  • Dog safety pamphlet
  • 2 pair medical grade vinyl gloves

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