Prepare a Dog First Aid Kit
Although you don't want to play Vet, it's probably a good idea to get a dog first aid kit
ready to treat your Miniature Schnauzer's minor injuries (like superficial cuts and scrapes).
You can buy a pre-made first aid dog kit
or if you like, put one together yourself. Below find a list of supplies to always have on-hand. Also designate a particular and permanent place in your home for your emergency dog kit. Emergencies can occur suddenly and without warning. Timing is critical! Knowing what to do (and what not to do: see Human Medications Safe for Dogs
) and having quick access to emergency supplies could be the difference in saving your Schnauzer's life.
Make a First Aid Kit For Your Dog
If you would like to make your own dog first aid kit
for your Miniature Schnauzer so you are better prepared to handle a minor dog injury or a pet emergency, assemble together the following items in a plastic storage bin or box:
- gauze pads
- rectal thermometer
- cotton balls
- surgical gloves
- styptic powder
- hydrogen peroxide
- eyewash solution
- antiseptic wipes
- instant cold compress
- instant hot compress
First Aid Kit for Dogs
dog health tip: Keep your emergency kit in the same place and always well-stocked by replacing the supplies as you use them. This way you'll be sure to always have on-hand the items you need to tend to your Miniature Schnauzer's mishaps.
Prepare a Folder of Schnauzer's Medical History
It's also a very good idea to have handy a folder of your Miniature Schnauzer's medical history including:
- immunizations date
- dog medications prescribed
- blood test results/date
- copies of any treatment vet exam sheets
- all health problems & conditions
Write your veterinarian's phone number, as well as the number to the nearest animal emergency hospital, on an 2 index cards. Tape one inside your dog first aid kit and the other inside your Miniature Schnauzer's medical folder. Also store these numbers on both your home phone and cell phone.
And most importantly, take time to familiarize yourself with all the items in your dog first aid kit. Being ready and prepared with the know-how when necessary to tend to your Miniature Schnauzer's needs will keep you and your Schnauzer more calm in what will obviously be a very stressful situation.
First Aid Kits for Dogsdog health tip:
Prepare a smaller dog first aid kit (in a plastic zip bag or cosmetic case) for your car, camper, etc... This way you will always be ready with emergency supplies when traveling with your Schnauzer.
Click on emergency bag to view ready-made kits for purchase.
The Pet First Aid Secrets
system gives you the treatment options, step by step, for the most common pet emergencies such as...
Fractures, Pain Control, CDR, Abdominal Wounds Chest Injuries, Poisonings, Shock, & much more!
The Pet First Aid Secrets
system is designed for people like you, the responsible dog owner
, who want to be proactive about their dog's well-being. Click here to find out more.
Another great idea is take a course on pet emergency and CPR. Contact you local American Red Cross
to register for classroom or online training. This way you will have the knowledge and skills to be better prepared to handle your Schnauzer's pet emergencies.
You can also ask your Vet or local pet-supply store about where you can go get the skills and knowledge necessary to handle a crisis that may occur in your Miniature Schnauzer life.
Pet Alert Emergency Sticker
Be sure to have Emergency Pet Alert stickers
on both front and back side windows of your home.
This particular sticker is our version (What? Did the Schnauzer silhouette give it away?) and you can customize it any way you want. You can change the wording, size, shape, and even add your Schnauzer's photo to it or whatever else you like.
Human Medications for Dogs
Our Human Medications Safe for Dog Charts are meant as quick reference guides in emergency situations. Always consult with your veterinarian before administering any human medication to your Schnauzer.
note: Some of these meds can be harmful to cats!
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