are easy enough to create with just a little time. First you need some kind of container to hold all the medicines, drugs and supplies in. A tackle box, old lunch box or some other shoe box sized plastic container works really well. It should be water-proof, strong enough to withstand mild pressure and have a clasp of some sort - but not locking.
Label it on all sides with a felt tip marker so that it is easy to read. Something such as GSD First Aid Kits or whatever will work just fine just so you can easily know the difference between your human first aid kit (if you made it yourself as well) and this one for your dog(s) and puppy (s).
Under the lid of your GSD first aid kit would be a great place to tape an index card which contains the numbers of your local veterinarian, poison control, and other canine emergency numbers for your German Shepherd (emergency vet, etc).
It would also be a good place to list a description of your dog(s) including color, weight, name, health issues, distinguishing characteristics and a recent photo labeled with the name of each pet.
Your German Shepherd Dog will thank you in the case of some sort of
disaster or emergency when you are not at home for some reason.
Below is a list of several items you should obtain to place within your GSD First Aid Kits and brief explanations as to what each item is for. Remember, your German Shepherds health may depend on it.
GSD First Aid Kit Ingredients
Activated charcoal: for poisonings (1 gram per pound, mixed with water),
Antihistamine tablets: for insect stings and allergic reactions,
Betadine or Nolvasan: cleaning open wounds,
Blankets: several if possible, to help prevent against shock in the event of an accident or injury as well as a good way to transport an injured dog,
Blunt nosed scissors: to cut tape and clip. Keep these scissors with the kit.
Canine rectal thermometer: to take the dog or puppies temperature,
Cortisone ointment: Used as a topical anti-inflammatory,
Cotton balls and swabs: Used mainly to clean wounds,
Eyedropper or dosage syringe: to apply medications to your GSD,
Eyewash: to irrigate the eyes of your GSD,
First-aid cream: to sooth and protect wounds,
Gauze bandage: for wrapping wounds,
Gloves: both thin plastic to avoid contamination and thicker ones if you have a fear of being bitten,
Hand towels: to dry hands, for clean up, etc.,
Hydrogen peroxide (3%): has various uses, one of which is to induce vomiting,
Ipecac: used to induce vomiting (1 teaspoon per 20 pounds),
Kaolin and pectin: to help diarrhea (1 teaspoon per 10 pounds),
Magnifying glass: to help locate any tiny objects
Muzzle: even the best German Shepherd may bite when in extreme pain. If you don't have one you can also make one from strips of soft long fabric, tube socks, etc.,Nail clippers: best case scenario, have both human and canine nail clippers,
Non-stick adhesive tape: to help tape bandages in place,
Non-stinging antiseptic spray: to help clean wounds,
Pepto-Bismol , Maalox or Kaopectate: to help relieve minor stomach upsets,
Petroleum jelly: for use with the rectal thermometer, also an aid in constipation (1/2 teaspoon per 10 pounds),
Saline solution: can be used for many things such as irrigating wounds,
Stretch bandages: for wound dressing,
Styptic pencil: to stop minor bleeding,
Tweezers or hemostat: use to pull our splinters or other small foreign objects,
Vegetable oil: for mild constipation (1 teaspoon per 5 pounds, mix it in with food)
"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." - Sue Murphy
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