Care Notes – First Aid Essentials

Basic First Aid Equipment

I always keep a variety of treatments in my first aid cupboard.


  • A selection of bandages, cohesive, soffban and vet wrap, Melolin to cover wounds if necessary.
  • A pair of curved ended scissors (“blunt blunt”)
  • A pair of sharp ended scissors (“sharp/blunt”)
  • Tweezers – specifically for ticks
  • Forceps for removing foreign bodies (therefore need to be clean – and not used on ticks!)
  • Caustic stick – if you cut your dogs claws, use this if you accidentally cut your dogs claws too short.
  • Iodine – dilute when using!
  • Hibiscrub – dilute when using!
  • Hydrogen peroxide can be used in certain cases to clean a wound. DILUTE the hydrogen peroxide FIRST! (50:50 hydrogen peroxide and water in equal measures)
  • a couple of 10ml syringes, useful to aid with syringe feeding or squirting hibiscrub solution at a wound.


  • Aloe Vera Gel (for cuts and minor rashes)
  • Arnica Homeopathy (to help encourage healing – ideal after surgery or with wounds).
  • Echinacea capsules – to promote dogs own immunity.
  • Green Lipped Mussel Tablets – an anti-inflammatory/pain relief.
  • Omega 3 – is great for healing wounds.
  • Honey – Natures antibiotic! Energy boost and helps boost immue system.
  • Nutri plus gel – great for dogs after an episode of illness.
  • Natural Yoghurt is great for helping treat diarrhoea.


  • Kaolin (childrens) for diarrhoea (I would only use kaolin for two days maximum 1ml per kilo bodyweight per 24hrs.)
  • Oral rehydration powders
  • TEP powder for ear problems.

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