While a first aid kit for your dog will in no way replace the help of a trained veterinarian, it can certainly make an emergency much easier to handle. Imagine your dog gets injured while hiking, making it back to your vehicle so that you can seek treatment may be challenging without the suitable supplies for your canine companion. Likewise, some injuries require care but not necessarily a full vet trip, in such cases, it’s much less stressful to have these supplies on hand rather than have to make a panicked trip to the store. With that in mind read below for a few items you might want to stock up on!
Optional But Helpful Emergency Kit Items
While these items might not be necessary for immediate injury relief having good quality versions of them on hand can be very helpful when you end up dealing with injury rehabilitation or even when dealing with everyday issues (like preventing excessive licking of an irritated hot spot/bug bite). Having these items in your house just means you don’t need to make a run to the store when they crop up!
Emergency Kit Items For Disaster Scenarios
Sometimes our emergency kits should include things that are not related to treating injures. If you live in an area that’s prone to environmental dangers such as hurricanes, wildfires or flooding it can be useful to have some of these items on hand – just in case you find yourself having to evacuate or without power for extended periods of time.
Of course, if you don’t feel like putting together a DIY kit there are many pre-made ones available for you to buy! The bottom line is to always be prepared.
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Pet Owners' Questions Answered
1) Is my dog safe from COVID-19?
There is currently little reason to believe that COVID-19 can be passed from dogs to humans, but taking precautionary action is advisable. Switching your days out exploring together for relaxing on the sofa during self-isolation, along with good hygiene, can help to protect both you and your pet.
2) Can dogs catch COVID-19?
Dogs can catch certain types of Coronavirus, and it’s believed that COVID-19 originated from an animal source. The World Health Organization has stated that there has been one case of a dog becoming infected in Hong Kong. Additionally, there have also been photos on social media emerge of pet owners putting face masks on their dogs, leading many people to worry about their pets catching COVID-19. Despite this, the American Kennel Club (AKC) says that COVID-19 is not believed to be a threat to dogs or other pets; people are encouraged to use common sense when it comes to pets and hygiene.
3) Should my dog wear a face mask?
It’s important not to put masks on pets. This can make them panic, affect their breathing, and is a waste of a mask that medical professionals need. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) suggests that pets should be quarantined at home if their owners are self-isolating as a precautionary measure.
4) Are there any illnesses that affect both humans and dogs?
There are plenty of illnesses that do spread between animals and humans. As mentioned above, different types of Coronavirus can affect dogs too, such as the canine respiratory Coronavirus. Other viral infections that affect both dogs and humans include rabies and norovirus. Black mold growth in homes has also shown to cause the same symptoms in pets and their owners, including coughs, sneezes, runny eyes, and a runny nose.
Fortunately, dealing with mold growth is often easier than avoiding viruses, and includes cleaning the affected area and finding the cause of the mold in order to avoid it growing back again. In some cases, professionals may be required to fix the cause and treat problem areas.
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