There are many types of first aid kits that you can buy in case you find yourself in an emergency with your pet. They contain things like bandages, gauze, scissors, and sanitary wipes. Some pet owners prefer to build their own kits as they can be cheaper and more personalized. For pet owners who prefer to use more holistic remedies here are some great options to add to your holistic pet first aid kit.
Herbal Options for Topical Antibacterial for Dogs and Cats
- Plantain: It’s both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory due to it’s allantoin content. Allantoin helps to speed healing and stimulate new skin cells to grow.
- Calendula: This might be one of the most well-known wound healing herbs. It helps to promote healing and reconstruction of tissues. Calendula also relieves pain and inflammation as well as helping to fight infection.
- Echinacea: This herb is known for it’s immune boosting ability. It kills similarly to a broad-spectrum antibiotic by targeting a range of viruses and bacteria.
*If you are looking for a natural antibacterial ointment Dr. Maggie Skin Care Ointment contains plantain as well as other herbs that work to speed healing.*
*NaturPet Healing Spray is a great topical antiseptic spray for wounds that are more susceptible to infection and require a stronger antibiotic effect.*
First Aid Tips for Hot Spots on Dogs and Cats
Some concerns for hot spots is bacteria on the skin’s surface and soothing the area to reduce pain.
- Trim the fur around the hot spot to allow oxygen to dry the area out.
- Topical antibiotics help to kill bacteria on the skin.
- Topical anti-inflammatory to sooth the area and reduce itching.
First Aid Tips for Cuts on Dogs and Cats
For minor cuts and other wounds that aren’t bleeding heavily you should focus on stopping the bleeding and keeping the area clean.
- Apply steady pressure to the area with a clean gauze or towel. You can elevate wounds on limbs or paws to slow blood flow.
- Clean the area with warm water and an antibacterial soap. Also trim any fur that could get in the wound and cause infection.
- Use a topical antibacterial ointment to protect the wound from infection and encourage faster healing.
*You can use a “cone of shame” to keep your pet from licking the area until it has healed*
First Aid Tips for Bites, Serious Lacerations or Deep Cuts on Dogs and Cats
It’s important to note that these types of wounds have a higher chance of becoming infected and we recommend that you consult a veterinarian if this happens.
- Cleaning the area with antibacterial wash and assessing the damage. Some wounds may have to be sutured closed by a vet.
- Often vets will prescribe an oral antibiotic to help reduce the possibility of infection that can cause abscesses to form under the wound.
- A topical antibiotic will usually have to be applied daily until the area heals.