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Just like humans dogs can get scratches and cuts. In these cases dogs need first aid, but how is an owner to know what is safe to use on their dog? What dog first aid supplies will be needed? Should the owner keep a dog first aid kit? Below are questions that individuals have asked Experts about first aid for their dogs.

What is the best dog first aid for fly bites on the ears?

The best first aid would be a fly repellant that can be applied to the dog’s ears. Of course the owner must make sure that the fly spray that they use is safe for their dog. A local veterinarian can point the owner in the right direction for the proper spray for the area the individual lives in. Other dog first aid that may help the areas to heal is a twice daily cleaning with diluted Betadine.

What dog first aid can be done for an area of coarse hair and scabbing on a dog’s tail?

The hair can grow coarsely due to the skin of the area being inflamed. The first step in dog first aid for an issue such as this is to make sure that the dog does not have a flea problem. If there are no fleas, then the hair at the area will need to be clipped, which will allow air to be able to reach the area that is sore. After the hair has been clipped the area should be cleansed with Betadine, then a liberal amount of antibiotic cream such as Neosporin as well as a hydrocortisone cream should be applied. The area should be cleansed once daily with the creams being applied up to three times daily.

What is the dog first aid for a nail broken down almost to the quick and what supplies are needed?

The first aid supplies that will be needed are bandage pads that are non-stick, roll gauze, tape that is elastic, a cream that has a numbing agent such as Benzacaine in it, an antibiotic cream such as Neosporin, Betadine solution, and Epsom salt. An E collar may also be needed to prevent the dog from tearing the bandage after it has been placed. The dog first aid begins with the owner soaking the dog’s paw in a mixture of Epsom salt and Betadine with warm water. The amount of Epsom salt and Betadine should be about a table spoon full. After the foot has been allowed to dry, the creams will need to be applied to the area, with the non-adhesive bandage following. Gently tape the bandage together where it is tight enough to stay in place but not so tight as to cut off circulation. The bandage will need to be bagged if the dog goes anywhere that is wet. The bandage will need to be changed daily. The E collar may be placed to keep the dog from removing the bandage. If any greenish-yellow drainage or odor is noted, a veterinarian will need to evaluate the area, as antibiotics may be needed.

What dog first aid is needed for an eye stuck closed due to mucus?

The first aid that can be done is the application of washcloth that is warm and moist. This will soften the mucus and allow for it to be gently cleaned from the eye. The use of an eye flush that is sterile is recommended and can often be purchased in the pharmacy department. The eye should be thoroughly washed with the sterile eye wash and checked for any debris. If this occurs frequently the owner will need to have the dog evaluated by a veterinarian.

What dog first aid can be done to hot spots?

First a hot spot is an area that is superficial and has dermatitis that is moist. A hot spot begins when the skin barrier is broken; this can happen from several different causes such as scratching from allergies or a bug bite. Dog first aid begins with the hot spot areas hair being clipped; after the hair is clipped the areas will need to be cleansed with Betadine. The areas will need to be cleansed at least twice daily. The use of an antibiotic cream such as Neosporin after the area has been cleaned will help to fight the infection. Benadryl and hydrocortisone cream can help with the itching. The dose of Benadryl for a dog is 1mg for every pound of weight; it may be given once every twelve hours or twice daily. To help if the dog is biting at the area, an E collar may be applied. If the hot spots do not improve within ten days then a veterinarian may need to be consulted.

Dog first aid is a common need that most dog owners don’t even realize. They often practice dog first aid when their dog gets a cut, has an area that is itchy and red, or an eye that is matted shut. Cleansing a cut or area that is broken open with Betadine is usually the first step in dog first aid. The application of an antibiotic cream is also a common step. Any questions you have about the first aid need for your dog can be answered by Experts.

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