First Aid for Pets


Accidents happen, and dogs can be like small children in the way they’ll come home with all sorts of scraps from the adventures they have in the great outdoors. Over his four short years Lupo has had a few ailments we’ve been able to treat at home, avoiding the need to claim on our pet insurance.

He has developed a limp or two, which I deduced from him being let off the lead to early on his walk. Like any of us, he needs to warm up before he hits 100mph, so we learnt to delay crazy time after him coming home with a pulled muscle or two. It might seem a bit weird but it’s totally safe, we gave him half an Aspirin (16p per packet at the supermarket) and it works a treat in easing the pain and stopping the limp after a day or so. We’ve since had family members use the same treatment with their dogs to great success.

Dashing around the woods at said 100mph, with the equivalent of thin leather shoes on, means Lupo’s paws have been cut a few times. This is a particular tricky injury to treat in that it’s important to keep clean but the dog still needs to walk around. If this happens to Lupo, we’ve usually spotted little red marks on the floor along with him licking it, we use salt baths to help clean and heal the wound. We’ve got a bowl we keep under the sink for such occasions, so we boil some water, let it cool and then add a good amount of salt. The bowl is just the right size to dunk his paw in and we use cotton balls to clean any stubborn dirt or fluff. Then kitchen roll to dry it off. It takes around a week to heal up and depending on how deep the cut is, we usually walk him on a lead to give it a good chance to heal.

Those are my home remedies but there are some pretty good kits for sale you could keep in the cupboard just in case. This one from Hi-Travel seems comprehensive enough to make your pet comfortable until you can get to a vet. It contains:

  • 2 x 20ml Pods of Saline – to wash away dirt and debris from your pet’s eyes and other areas;
  • 2 x Medium Dressing Bandages with Ties – to cover an injury;
  • 1 x Foil Blanket – to retain body warmth and help combat shock;
  • 5 x Gauze Swabs – for cleaning up fluid or after saline use;
  • 1 x Microporous Tape – to help hold dressings in place;
  • 1 x Conforming Bandage – for use with suspected sprained joints;
  • 2 x Pairs of Latex Gloves;
  • 4 x Plastic Pouches – to cover foot injuries and help keep them clean;
  • 4 x Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes – to clean wounds;
  • 1 x Scissors;
  • 1 x Tweezers

Do you have an accident prone pet? Let me know in the comments below!

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