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I accidentally cut Teddy's nail a little too short when giving him a haircut and pedicure. His nail bled alot and I read that options like corn flour can help stop the bleeding but nothing seemed to work.

Not sure if he is angrier with me for the pedicure accident or giving him an uneven haircut

I had to call the vet for help and he was too far to come help but tried to assist over phone with advise using makeshift equipment because I had nothing at home! .....

It stopped bleeding eventually after several panick stricken calls to the vet and using the whole (tiny) bottle of 3% peroxide (from the car first aid kit) and strapping his foot in a sock to keep him from licking and reopening the wound.

Thinking of making him a first aid kit with the following:
- cotton bandage & self adhesive bandage
- 6% hydrogen peroxide
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- Cotton wool pads/balls
- Scissors and tweezers

Is there anything else that would be useful to have in his first aid kit?
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I accidentally cut Teddy's nail a little too short when giving him a haircut and pedicure. His nail bled alot and I read that options like corn flour can help stop the bleeding but nothing seemed to work.

Not sure if he is angrier with me for the pedicure accident or giving him an uneven haircut

I had to call the vet for help and he was too far to come help but tried to assist over phone with advise using makeshift equipment because I had nothing at home! .....

It stopped bleeding eventually after several panick stricken calls to the vet and using the whole (tiny) bottle of 3% peroxide (from the car first aid kit) and strapping his foot in a sock to keep him from licking and reopening the wound.

Thinking of making him a first aid kit with the following:
- cotton bandage & self adhesive bandage
- 6% hydrogen peroxide
- gloves
- Cotton wool pads/balls
- Scissors and tweezers

Is there anything else that would be useful to have in his first aid kit?
Definitely styptic pencil or Qwik-stop for quicker nails
Pepcid-AC (cut in half) or Tums (cut in half) for upset tummies
STRONG probiotics in case of tummy trouble (my vet provides it to me in a shelf-stable dose syringe that I keep on hand)

I also keep the a supply of frozen easy on the tummy food for quick use. Many people use rice and boiled chicken, so you can do that. My vet prefers mashed sweet potato and boiled chicken, (or lean ground beef if the dog has a problem with poultry) so that's what I make ahead and keep frozen.

For vacations, I bring along the little packages of shelf-stable already cooked rice, and some freeze-dried chicken which I can reconstitute into a meal on quick notice.


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Another thing to add to a first aid kit would perhaps be something for bee stings. Willow got one when we were camping last year and I had nothing but ice to help ease the pain.



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Another thing to add to a first aid kit would perhaps be something for bee stings. Willow got one when we were camping last year and I had nothing but ice to help ease the pain.
What would you keep for bee stings?
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Definitely styptic pencil or Qwik-stop for quicker nails
Pepcid-AC (cut in half) or Tums (cut in half) for upset tummies
STRONG probiotics in case of tummy trouble (my vet provides it to me in a shelf-stable dose syringe that I keep on hand)
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Not heard of or seen any sytptic pencils, quick stop or pepcid ac but will ask the pharmacist over the weekend.

We always have Actal Tums at home. Is it the same you mentioned above or is there a dog version?
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Definitely styptic pencil or Qwik-stop for quicker nails
Pepcid-AC (cut in half) or Tums (cut in half) for upset tummies
STRONG probiotics in case of tummy trouble (my vet provides it to me in a shelf-stable dose syringe that I keep on hand)
Not heard of or seen any sytptic pencils, quick stop or pepcid ac but will ask the pharmacist over the weekend.

We always have Actal Tums at home. Is it the same you mentioned above or is there a dog version?[/QUOTE]

Styptic pencils are what men use when they cut themselves shaving.

Pepcid is the brand name for famotidine.

And yes, you can use half of a human Tums if your dog has a tummy ache.

Benadryl is good to have on hand for any allergic reaction, including bee stings.

HOWEVER unless you are dealing with known symptoms that you've worked with a vet for before, I would ALWAYS at least check in with a vet over the phone before using any human medications, for dosing and whether they are appropriate based on the dog's symptoms. It's still good to have them on hand, however, so that if they vet says it's appropriate, you can use them immediately.

There are also a couple of homeopathic I use from time to time. Some people scoff at them, but I have seen good results with these, and they CAN'T harm the dog.

I use Arnica for minor aches and pains.

And my vet recently told me about giving Ledum immediately after a tick (or other insect) bite. It has been amazing how quickly this has calmed down the reaction to tick bites in my dogs. She says that it won't cure a full blown TBD infection, but she thinks, if given immediately, it may help the body fend some off.
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Thanks Krandall.
I'll look out for those but speak to his vet on phone for dosages before giving him any meds.
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