Medical Kit for dogs

Be Prepared

When caring for a dog, it’s always best to be prepared for minor accidents, conditions and illnesses.

 

With a few basic supplies in the house, you can help your ETT with minor problems and often spare them a trip to the vet.

Remember

If you are at all concerned about your dog’s health, you must always consult a qualified veterinary professional. The following are  recommendations based upon personal experience and research. Always exercise your own judgement about what is best for your dog.

Vet's Phone Number

The number one item in any first aid kit.

Pet GP vet advice helpline is available 24/7 for any non-urgent concerns. It costs a fixed fee of £20.00 per call or you can subscribe for unlimited calls for £6.99 per month. (Price correct as of 14/06/2019)

Several insurance providers also offer Vetfone in their plans. Vetfone is another 24/7 vet helpline for any non-urgent concerns.

Tools

Tweezers

Useful for removing ticks, bee stings and splinters

How to remove a tick

Syringe

Useful for administering liquid medicine and giving a dehydrated dog water

Dehydration in Dogs: Signs and Symptoms

Thermometer

Useful for taking your dogs temperature

Normal body temperature for dogs: 101 F and 102.5 F

How to take a dog’s temperature

Scissors

Useful for cutting plasters and bandages to size

Stings 

Bee sting

Bicarbonate of soda

Bathe sting in a weak solution

 

Wasp Sting

Vinegar

Bathe sting in a weak solution

Allergic Reaction

Some dogs, like people, are allergic to bee and wasp stings, give an antihistamine to help with reactions/swelling.

Piriton one 4mg tablet for ETT
(chlorphenamine – drowsy)

Piriteze or Benadryl  half 10mg tablet for ETT
(cetirizine – non-drowsy)

 

IMPORTANT: Know when to go to the vet. If your dog is struggling to breathe due to swelling or an allergic reaction, do not hesitate to seek veterinary treatment.

Minor skin problems 

Pet safe antiseptic spray

Useful for cleaning skin after tick removal, cleaning minor cuts and wounds

Medical Manuka Honey

Useful for clearing up minor skin wounds, sores and irritation.

The healing power of honey

Honey has natural antibacterial qualities and anti-inflammatory action. It can aid in skin healing and protect against infection.

NOTE: Medical manuka honey is sterilised for use on wounds, food grade manuka honey is not suitable.

Sudocrem

Useful for minor sores, burns and skin irritation

Sudocrem is designed to protect and moisturise the skin as well as fight infection and provide a very mild anaesthetic to the area.

Spray on Plaster

Useful for protecting minor cuts from water, dirt and bacteria.

The spray forms a breathable film over the cut, easy to apply to awkward places. Especially useful for ear cuts with ETTs.

For larger wounds

Vomit and Diarrhoea

Dehydration

Water and electrolytes

Your dog should always have access to a fresh supply of water, especially in hot weather. This is especially important on long walks and long car journeys.

Dogs become dehydrated when they can’t drink enough water.

When dogs are vomitting or have diarrhoea, they often lose more water than they’re taking in. 

It may be necessary to replenish your dog’s electrolyte levels.

There are 2 ways you can do this

  • Make a basic chicken broth 

1 Chicken leg (or whatever you have)
1 Carrot
1 Potato

Chop potato and carrot
Boil with chicken in water for 1 hour.

Allow broth to properly cool before giving to your dog.

Feed your dog small amounts of the broth little and often, by syringe if necessary.

You can freeze it in batches to take with you on hot days.

  • Use electrolyte powder and mix with water

Feed your dog small amounts of the electrolyte water little and often, by syringe if necessary.

Once you’ve made a batch of electrolyte water, it will last 24 hours. Discard after that.

IMPORTANT: Know when to go to the vet. Sometimes your dog can’t physically take in enough water to replace what they’ve lost and your dog will need the help of a vet and a drip to rehydrate. Prevention is far better than cure when it comes to dehyrdration.

Dehydration is a serious condition that can result in death if not treated quickly.

Pro-Kolin+

Useful for upset stomachs and diarrhoea

It contains:

  • Probiotics – Live good bacteria and yeast
  • Prebiotics – Feeds good bacteria
  • Kaolin – Helps to firm up stools
  • Pectin – Soothes gut lining
  • Beef flavouring – Highly palatable taste

 

Dose

2ml twice daily <5kg dog

3ml twice daily 5-15kg dog

Typical English Toy Terriers tend to weigh between 3-7kg.

Kennel Cough

Unfortunately, if you take your dog to places where they’re likely to encounter other dogs, it’s likely your dog will catch kennel cough at least once in their lifetime.

Benylin (non-drowsy) Cough Medicine 

Useful for helping to ease a cough

Dose 

Give a dose for a child of equivalent size 

Manuka Honey

Useful for soothing a sore throat, easing a cough and fighting bacterial infection. 

Food-grade Manuka Honey or regular supermarket honey can be given to dogs with kennel cough. The higher the UMF or MG ratings, the higher the potency of its antibacterial qualities.

1 teaspoon 3 times per day usually helps relieve your dog.

They’ll tend to happily lick it from a spoon.

Pain relief

Metacam (meloxicam)

Useful for treating pain and inflammation in dogs. It can also reduce fever.
Widely prescribed by vets. Prescription only.

Metacam’s Website

Arnica

Useful for pain induced by osteoarthritis, body injuries and muscle aches. Encourages healing, reduces pain, prevents bruising and limits bleeding.

Arnica is a homeopathic remedy that can be used to help with minor and more serious injuries, alongside veterinary treatment. It is especially useful for dogs that have been over exercised.

Heat Stress

As very active busy little dogs wearing short black coats, ETTs are at risk of heat stroke. Here’s what to do.

What is Legg-Calve-Parthes Disease?

The clinical signs of the disease occur only in puppies usually from 3-11 months old.

Screening Your Dog for Lymphoma

An owner’s guide to the results

Patellar Luxation

Luxated patellas are a congenital (present at birth) condition.

A Guide to Kennel Cough

One of the ongoing risks for our dogs is exposure to kennel cough.

Medical Kit for Dogs

With a few basic supplies in the house, you can help your ETT with minor problems and often spare them a trip to the vet.

Bee and Wasp Stings

What to do if your dog is stung by a bee or a wasp

JDCM

As of November 2, 2016, a total of 291 Toy Manchesters/English Toy Terriers have been tested for JDCM.

Guide to Deafness in Dogs

Find out where you can get a BAER hearing test

Deafness in the ETT

From time to time, over the years, there have been a number of cases of deafness reported in the breed, in certain breeding lines.

The recommendations made in this article do not replace the advice of your veterinary professional. Always exercise your own judgement about whether something is right for your dog and consult your vet if you are unsure. The English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) club accepts no liability for any situation that may occur as a result of following these recommendations.