Do you have a dog first aid kit? Do your friends and family members with dogs have a first aid kit for their pets on hand? If you want to gift a dog mom or dog dad with a clever healthy dog gift this holiday season, consider giving them a “just in case” kit of items their dog needs. Since even the most well-prepared pet parent needs to replenish a first aid kit (and because items in the kit have expiration dates), trust me when I tell you: The gift of a first aid kit with basic and out-of-the-ordinary items is long remembered by the recipient. I know because I continue to give healthy dog stocking stuffers and first aid kits as gifts every year.
There are a number of doggy first aid kits on the market, and if you have the time, you can even put together your own. Some essentials to include are:
– Tweezers to remove ticks
– Styptic powder to stop toenail bleeding
– Gauze bandage
– Adhesive tape
– Antiseptic moist wipes
Even if you buy a basic first aid kit, there are a few items that won’t be included. That’s where a trip to PetSmart ® for essentials from the Bayer® ExpertCareTM line can be a lifesaver, quite literally. My dog, Dexter, and I took our weekly trip to PetSmart to pick up some of the essentials for our first aid kit and to gift for dog mom friends on our holiday shopping list. If you are one of our dog mom friends, spoiler alert!
Wound Spray Gel for Dogs
In the medical care section of PetSmart, we picked up a 10 mL bottle of wound spray gel. When you go for long walks and play sessions outside with your dog, this is the kind of product that pays for itself the first time it is used. The really cool aspects of this product are that anyone with a dog will benefit from this product, one size “fits all,” and it is actually good for a dog’s overall health should he or she get injured. For the nerd dog moms, like me, it contains a modified hyaluronic acid to promote the natural healing of skin wounds. No mussing or fussing with gels or creams, this spray gel is very WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). Since it is specially formulated for dogs by a trusted name (Bayer ExpertCare), this is a feel-good gift to stuff into a package of dog mom or dad goodies.
Here is Dexter allow me to demonstrate the use of the wound spray gel…complete with his sad puppy dog face for added effect:
The Eyes Have It
Ah, Cocker eyes: Those of us who have spaniels know all too well about eye issues. Cockers are a breed that are more prone to develop eye issues including, but not limited to, cataracts, glaucoma, cherry eye, and dry eye. This time of year, leaves are falling, folks are hunkering down indoors, and heat starts pumping to fight old man Winter. Bayer ExpertCare has developed eye lubricant drops to minimize dryness, lubricate the eyes, and minimize potential dryness. Since it is preservative-free and formulated for dogs, we selected this as one of our “must haves” for the first aid kit. If a dog’s veterinarian recommends a lubricant for the eye for moistening, this product fits the bill. Since our dog’s vet has suggested we lubricate Dexter’s eyes due to allergies and reddening from time to time, we purchased the drops.
Here’s a shot of what the area in PetSmart looks like where we picked up our Bayer ExpertCare products. I am grateful I did not need to search high and low in different stores and that I was able to pick up dog treats, a new play toy, and our medical necessities all in one stop. Life gets busy, so convenience helps.
Putting it All Together
If I were to gift my friends with medical products, they would be grateful for sure, but there is something oh so fun about putting together a gift box of inexpensive but thoughtful items for fellow dog-loving friends. Here’s what a typical gift box of items would look like and what it contains:
- Dog lover ornament
- Snowman accents with snowdog, too!
- Customized dog photo mug
- Bayer ExpertCare products for dogs
Pretty nifty, right? We picked up a cute gift box and some raffia shred to line the bottom of the box. We like to wrap our gift boxes for added effect (and to heighten the holiday suspense), but you could just pop a bow on top and the gift is set for giving.
Taking it To The Next Level
Prior to the holidays, we’ll be blogging about taking a first aid kit to the next level and some recommendations for dogs with skin issues and how to control the itches all winter long. Just because the seasons change, allergies don’t always go away. Those of you with dogs who have allergies know this all too well.
As a bonus, if you want to include some other “must haves” in a first aid kit, consider these inexpensive items:
- A Flashlight
- Hydrogen peroxide
- A muzzle
- A leash
- A bandana: You can wet it to keep a dog cool or use it as a splint in a pinch
- A blanket
- A large bottle of water
Even though my dog has a tag and is microchipped, I still carry a form of identification about ME, his dog mom, in his first aid kit that we carry when we go for walks. If something happens to you, the dog won’t be able to talk.
For complete information about Bayer ExpertCare for dogs, click here.
Do you have a first aid kit that is up to date? Would you give someone a gift of good health with these clever dog stocking stuffer items?