Chihuahua People Forum banner
1 - 5 of 5 Posts

· Registered
60 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
...mmm...has it been discussed already?
Cos I didnt find it on the forum :(

what should you have in your first aid kit for a chi?
that in case of the emergency will save the life of your pet?
what should you know about first aid?

I am reading some internet sites now about it... but cant "gather" it all together for now ...

· Registered
45 Posts
One for sure good thing to have on hand is Children's Benedryl.

Our chi had an allergic reaction on Saturday, and if it weren't for the Benedryl, who knows what would have happened. I'd also say an Epi pen, but you'd have to get that from your vet.

Thankfully our vet is five minutes away, should there be an emergency, but Saturday he was not there, so we were fortunate to have the Benedryl on hand.

· Registered
97 Posts
Certainly Nutrical or honey- even some that comes in those little packets- since these little guys can be prone to low blood sugar. If your chi gets sluggish from a hypoglycemic episode, you need something like one of these products in them PDQ!

· Registered
60 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
-thanks for response! :wave:
I have honey and I heard about Benedryl...

I have at home spay for cuts and strains, rimadyl, children Cataflan, bandage, cotton bads and so on, termometr, vaseline, cod liver oil (for constipation)...

that's far from comlete I guess...

that's what I found:
The Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
by James M Griffin, MD & Lisa D. Carlson

Nutrical, Vitacal, or Nutristat
High calorie, vitamin enhanced dietary supplement provides extra energy and stimulates appetite during periods of stress or illness.

Electrolyte solution
Use to prevent dehydration and replace essential minerals and electrolytes lost in diarrhea and vomiting. Pedialyte is the brand most people are familiar with, but I recommend that you buy the Long's generic Pediatric Electrolyte instead - it's less expensive and comes in a pair of 8 ounce bottles. Get the unflavored version.

Hills Science Diet A/D
For the Nutritional Management of Pets Recovering From Serious Illness, Accidents and Surgery. Dogs can undergo significant changes when faced with a serious illness, injury or surgery. They may have trouble maintaining natural defenses and sparing lean body mass (in other words, they may be losing body weight from muscle or organ tissue), which can affect recovery. Prescription Diet? Canine/Feline a/d? has been specifically formulated by veterinarians to be fed to dogs with certain debilitating conditions. These conditions can be affected by the lack of key nutrients and digestible energy. A less nutritious but more inexpensive and easily located option would be to keep a jar or two of strained ====lamb baby food==== in your kit, but I recommend the A/D.

Ipecac Syrup
Use to induce vomiting in case of ingestion poisoning such as chocolate. It is a medicine that can be purchased in any pharmacy without a prescription that, when given to a dog, will cause vomiting. Syrup of Ipecac should NOT be given at home if: your dog:
- Swallowed a corrosive (lye, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, automatic dishwasher detergent, or other strong acids or bases) or burns are seen around or in the mouth or
- Swallowed a petroleum distillate-containing product (kerosene, gasoline, paint thinner, furniture polish, etc.)
- Swallowed tranquilizers (which prevent vomiting or
- Swallowed a sharp object (which could lodge in the esophagus or perforate the stomach or
- Is lethargic (sluggish), asleep, or comatose (unconscious) or
- Is convulsing or
- You are unsure of the type of poison ingested or
- Or if more than two hours have passed since the poison was swallowed.

Give on teaspoonful (5 ml) of Syrup of Ipecac per 10 pounds of body weight.

Immediately give fluids (except milk).
Vomiting should occur in approximately 15-20 minutes.
IF vomiting has not occurred in 20 minutes, see your vet.

Oral Syringe
Use to administer medications

Kaopectate or Pepto Bismol
Use to treat diarrhea and intestinal upset. In my experience, Kaopectate is indicated in cases where the diarrhea is more watery and needs to be controlled quickly (such as in cases of sudden food changes), Pepto Bismol is indicated more when gassiness or stomach pain are part of the symptoms, but the diarrhea is less severe (usually a case where the dog has ingested something non-toxic, but is feeling discomfort as a result - grass, twigs, etc.). Severe diarrhea, diarrhea for more than a day, or diarrhea accompanied by vomiting and/or fever should always be treated by a veterinarian. Dosage: 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds every 4 hours.

Children's liquid Benedryl - dye and alcohol free
Use to reduce symptoms of hay fever. Also use to reduce severity of mild anaphylactic shock reaction (usually to vaccination, medication, or insect bites or stings). In cases of a serious reaction, the medication may buy you more time to get your dog to the vet for proper treatment, but a more serious treatment will be required to save your dogs life.

Baby Aspirin
Buffered children's aspirin. Use to treat pain for a short duration or to treat fever until the affected dog can be gotten to a veterinarian. Do not use for a prolonged period.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Use for general wound cleaning and can be used to induce vomiting if Ipecac syrup is not available. To induce vomiting, give 1 teaspoon per 15 pounds of body weight every 10 minutes until vomiting occurs.

Topical Antiseptic Microbicide. Helps prevent infection in cuts, scrapes, and minor burns...Forms Protective Film...Virtually Non-Irritating, Nonstaining to Skin. Recommended by Doctors & Nurses.

Neosporin or other Triple Antibiotic Ointment
For topical treatment of minor cuts, scrapes or burns. Serious wounds or bite wounds should always be treated by a veterinarian.

Sterile Eye Wash:
Use to flush foreign objects out of the eye.

Terramycin or other Antibiotic Eye Ointment
Antibiotic ointment used to prevent or treat primary & secondary infections of the eye in small & large animals. Any suspected eye injury or infection should be checked by a veterinarian.

Recommend getting a digital thermometer. The temperatures of dogs range more than with humans so it is a good idea to take your dog's temperature several times while he is healthy and keep a note of what his normal body temperature is. A temperature of 103 or above indicates fever.

K-Y Jelly
Sterile lubricant - primarily used for lubricating thermometer prior to taking a temperature reading.

Cotton Swabs and Cotton Balls
Use to clean wounds or apply medication. Can also be used if sharp object is swallowed such as broken glass. Soak cotton balls in milk and feed to the affected dog. The indigestible cotton fibers will entangle the glass and allow the dog to pass the glass more safely.

Use to remove larger foreign objects or object that are firmly embedded or hard to reach. Can also be used as a clamp.

Use to remove small foreign objects.

Safety Tip Scissors
Use to trim hair away from a wound, cut bandages, etc.

Otoscope (Ear Scope)
Lighted veterinary tool magnifies vision and allows close up examination of the ear canal and throat. Remove scopes and it can also be used as a "pen light".

Disposable Vinyl or Latex Gloves
Allows for more hygienic handling of your pet's wounds and clean up afterwards.

Chew Deterrent
Granick's Bitter Apple or other brand of chew deterrent for dogs. Non-toxic, safe and effective taste deterrent. Stop pets from biting and chewing fur, wounds and bandages.

3M Vet Wrap or Co-Flex Bandage
Lightweight bandage stretches & sticks to itself - not to hair or skin. Stays in place to give firm support. Will not absorb moisture. Use to hold dressings.

Gauze Bandage Roll and First Aid Tape

Trauma Pad/Sterile Compress
Individually wrapped Sanitary napkins work well.

Tongue Depressors
Can be used as a splint, or to block mouth open to see if there is an obstruction or to prevent biting the tongue during a seizure.

Since even the smallest muzzles made are often to big for a Chihuahua, a knee high nylon stocking can be used as a make-shift muzzle on very small dogs. Stretch the stocking lengthwise and, taking one end in each hand, tie around muzzle in a single knot (as in image on right) on top of muzzle. Then bring ends down and tie a second single knot below muzzle, and then bring ends around each side of head and tie off behind head in a square knot. Do not tie too tightly. A muzzle should never be used on a dog that is convulsing or having difficulty breathing, and should only be used to prevent biting.

from this site

do you think everything is necessary?
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.