Woo Woo Woo Review

by Cheri Hollenback

Despite the questionable weather, the calendar is telling us it's springtime. Along with spring, most of us look forward to increased travels with our dogs. With that in mind, our esteemed editor, Liz asked to me to write some suggestions on summertime travel first-aid kit.

For a basic kit that should cost no more than $25.00, I would suggest a plastic container that seals and is big enough to hold a 6-pack of pop. Include the following items: 

1. Ace bandage 
  For holding a splint or bandage in place or as a pressure dressing 

2. Baggies 
  Zip- & tie-close; small & large sized 
  Ice packs or heat packs with a warm, wet washcloth inside 

3. Bulb Syringe 
  Preferably sterile, can be used to irrigate wounds with sterile water or Hydrogen Peroxide or administer Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting. 

4. Crazy glue 
  Thanks to Don Duncan, I've come to appreciate this item's wonderful usefulness for closing lacerations. If the wound is cleaned out and not a bite, a thin bead of glue on either edge of the wound then holding the edges together until the glue affixes will do the trick! 

5. Gauze roll 
  2" or 3" width 
  Can be used for bandaging or serve as a muzzle in a pinch 

6. Gauze pads or non-stick gauze pads 
  3x3 or 4x4; sterile 

7. Hydrogen Peroxide 
  For cleaning wounds and as an emetic 

8. Medications 
  Aspirin (baby) (2 for adults, 1 for puppies) 
  Bacitracin or similar antibiotic ointment 
  Imodium A-D or Pepto Bismol 
  Petroleum jelly (Vaseline) 
  Benadryl (sealed pills) 

9. Penlight or small flashlight 

10. Scissors 

11. Sock (cotton tube style) 
  Hold bandages in place on an extremity 

12. Sunblock 
  For nose or light skin 

13. Tape, plastic first aid 

14. Thermometer 
  Electronic -- the mercury ones will overheat in the heat of a closed car and become unusable 

15. Tweezers 

16. Vetwrap

Other items that I would recommend carrying, but may exceed the capacity of the box include a quart or more of water, and a light blanket. The blanket can be used as a sling to carry an injured animal. It can also be placed over a frightened, injured animal so you don't become a bite victim yourself. Another consideration is that many of the items in your kit can also be used for humans -- as long as they're new! ;-)

Paperwork you may want to keep in the glove box could include vaccination records (including a rabies certificate -- who knows when you'll get a whim to head to Canada -- or head off to a show and inadvertently leave them behind?), the names and dosages of any medications your dog is on and your regular vet's contact information. It may also be helpful if you and your dog are parted to have identification information for your dog, including a recent photograph, tattoo and/or microchip number.

For more information, Pam Barbe has some wonderful links from her website (Click Here to see it in a new window).

So you know what to do with these items, I would also highly recommend the American Red Cross course on Pet First Aid. For more information, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross.