Even if you aren't in the habit of keeping a fully stocked human first aid kit in your house, I'm sure you have the essentials. Most people keep bandages, antibiotic ointment, and a thermometer on hand at all times. Using items that most people have on hand all the time you can make a great doggy first aid kit to stash in the car or around the house. Here is a list of essentials for your homemade first aid kit. 1. Sanitary napkins - These are great for absorbing blood, plus they are self adhering to make things simple for you. 2. Thermometer - A mercury thermometer can be used, but the digital kind are much faster for your dog who already feels crumy. 3. KY Jelly, or another form of lubricant - This prevents injury to your dog. Apply a small amount to bottom 1/2" to 1" of the thermometer before inserting into your dogs rectum. 4. Muzzle - You may have a sweet dog, but pain can make dogs lash out at whomever touches them. It's a good idea to teach your dog to accept a muzzle before your get into an emergency situation. 5. Antibiotic ointment - Whether you get a name brand or an off brand be sure it does not have a pain reliever in it as these are poisonous to dogs. 6. Hydrogen peroxide - A capful of this will induce vomiting, however contact your vet before you proceed with this. 7. Pepto-Bismol - Talk to your vet about dosing for your dog individually. If you don't have the time, or simply don't want to make your own first aid kit, you purchase them pre-made a most pet stores or online. Remember, when in doubt, call your vet.
What do you normally do when your dog gets loose? If you are one of those lucky people whose dog simply does not care enough to run away then you probably just sit there until it's time to go inside. For everyone else whose dog loves to play the chase-me game when they get loose I hope the following tips help you. However, these tips are not a substitute for proper training they are simply meant to keep you safe in the mean time. The first thing, DO NOT CHASE YOUR DOG! Chasing only incites your dog to run more and it revs up his play drive. Rather than chasing him, try to get your dog to chase you. He wants to play a game with you and doesn't much care how he accomplishes that. If your dog has fun running after you take advantage of it. You can practice inside with treats a little. Throw one treat away from you and let your dog go get it, then run away from that spot and encourage your dog to chase after you. When he catches up to you give him a treat. This will help some dogs want to chase you more if they get away. Don't be above tricking your dog either. If your dog loves car rides then offer a car ride. Open the door and let him jump in, then put a leash on him and take him back inside. Offer your dog anything you think he will want more than running around free. No matter how you get your dog back, give him some praise for coming back. Do not punish your dog for coming back to you! If you do this he will be much less likely to come back to you in the future. If your dog has a problem with running away get yourself into some obedience classes right away. These tips aren't going to solve the problem long term, only training will.