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Dr. Royal's advice for your pet's first aid kit

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Dr. Royal joined us on Good Day Chicago to offer some tips on what to keep in a pet first aid kit.

She compiled a list of things that come in handy when you’re dealing with a pet problem at home or getting veterinary advice over the phone. Dr. Royal says to use a portable container with compartments for easy storage. She says a tackle box works well.

  • 1. Digital thermometer and Lubricating jelly for thermometer
  • 2. Quick-stop powder to stop bleeding—nails and other areas
  • 3. Vet wrap or Ace bandages
  • 4. Tweezers or hemostats
  • 5. Emergency blanket
  • 6. Instant cold packs
  • 7. Eyewash/saline/Artificial tears
  • 8. Activated charcoal (buy the veterinary formula)
  • 9. Arnica Gel (bruises/trauma)
  • 10. Calming herbal formula like Serenity by Gaia—about 1/4 of the capsule orally for a cat, and 1-2 capsule for a 50-pound dog up to every 8 hours.
  • 11. Calendula cream or tincture (disinfects/cleans)
  • 12. Silver Shield Gel (disinfects, supports immune system, great for burns)
  • 13. Arsenicum—for allergies
  • 14. Traumeel tablets (homeopathic, safe anti-inflammatory for pain/trauma/arthritis
  • 15. Aloe gel—cooling and supportive for the skin for burns/rashes
  • 16. Aloe juice—orally can act as a laxative or to soothe the GI tract and skin
  • 17. Peppermint—oral oil or even some of those little red and white pinwheel candies can work to calm the stomach (carmenitive)
  • 18. Betadine—antiseptic cleaner, can be diluted with cool water for skin lesions
  • 19. Triple antibiotic ointment and Cortisone cream for topical use when directed
  • 20. Benedryl liquid (small pets) or tablets (over 25 lbs)—works for allergic reactions, hives, muzzle swelling reactions. The dose is 1 mg per pound or 25 mg for a 25-pound dog; 75-pound dog would take 75 mg (seems like a lot but is OK)
  • 21. Hydrogen peroxide (fresh bottle every 6-12 months)—antiseptic and can be used to make an animal vomit (1 teaspoon per every 5-10 pounds) but only if directed. Some things are worse coming back up than continuing through.
  • 22. Cotton balls—for everything, but don’t let your dog eat them, especially after cleaning the ears (they love to eat them then)
  • 23. Animal ear cleaner for after swimming/irritation/infection
  • 24. Pet shampoo(not human shampoo) or something soothing such as Murphy’s Oil Soap
  • 25. Exam latex exam gloves—for gross things
  • 26. Bulb syringe (to help clean out wounds)
  • 27. Feeding syringe/syringes
  • 28. Muzzle—painful animals may try to bite.
  • 29. Doggy life vest—for boating, and to help lift injured dog or help them up the stairs
  • 30. Carrier if appropriate

These items are equally important when dealing with gastrointestinal problems:

  • 1. White rice
  • 2. Chicken broth or jars of meat baby food (chicken, lamb, without onion powder) to help give pills, use as bland diet, assist feed or rehydrate
  • 3. Unsweetened canned pumpkin (one tablespoon per 30-pound pet).
  • 4. Slippery Elm powder—stomach soother and fiber source.
  • 5. Probiotic—bacillus coagulens, lactobacillus, acidophilus can provide proper bacteria for any out-of-whack GI tract.
  • 6. Green Tripe (canned or frozen, provides bacteria and fat and easily digestible protein for a healthy gastrointestinal tract)
  • 7. Powdered medicinal clay—aids absorption of toxins in the GI tract due to diarrhea.

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