While on a dog-friendly road trip last year, a sebaceous cyst on my Cocker Spaniel’s paw burst open. There was no warning but I knew the blood and cottage cheese type material oozing from the cyst required emergency care. My spouse pulled the car over, and I grabbed my Cocker Spaniel first aid kit from the glovebox. I always keep emergency items for dogs in the car along with a first aid kit at home.
My Cocker Spaniel first aid kit is a bit different than other emergency kits because Cockers have specific issues that pop up without warning. I’ve got at least 21 items in my dog’s first aid kit including wound and skin care treatment, gauze pads, a tick key, hydrocortisone topical spray, hydrogen peroxide, eye flush, antibiotic ointment, paw protector, and even urinalysis test strips.
Thanks to the bottles of fresh water to flush the exploding sebaceous cyst on my Cocker’s front leg along with hydrogen peroxide to clean it, gauze wrap and nonstick medical tape to secure it, my dog recovered and the rest of our trip was uneventful. I called his veterinarian to be sure I did the right thing. She indicated I had and to keep an eye on the cyst in the event it filled back up, but that never happened. A well-stocked first aid kit is something every dog parent should have ready just in case. I’ve assembled 21 emergency items for dogs that every first aid kit should contain plus a few bonus items and a giveaway of items to put in your dog’s emergency kit.
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What Goes In A Cocker Spaniel First Aid Kit
Whether you buy a premade first-aid kit like this medical kit for dogs from Amazon or you make your own, there are at least 21 items that are must haves. Not every first aid kit for dogs has every single item needed, so we’ve got you covered step by step.
Cocker Spaniels tend to have a lot of allergic reactions and itchy skin. While diet plays a role, environmental factors like grass, mold spores, or tree pollen can flare up a Cocker’s delicate skin. Since the skin is the biggest organ of the body (in people, too), I keep several Zymox brand products in my dog’s first aid kit. As I mention these products, I’ll provide links so you can take a peek at them on Amazon.
For everything from hot spots to itchy skin conditions, the Zymox Topical Spray and Zymox Topical Cream contain 0.5% hydrocortisone. There are no antibiotics in these products yet they work on bacteria, yeast, and fungi, which Cockers have a strong tendency towards.
If you are out and about and your dog suddenly has a skin reaction or hot spot, the LP3 enzyme system in the Zymox spray and cream get to work without stinging or burning. When Dexter’s sebaceous cyst exploded, I kept the area clean and protected with the Zymox topical spray. Bonus points on this product because it is anti-itch.
Whether you choose the cream or the spray, it can be used on your dog once or twice without any painful pre-cleaning necessary. The enzymes in the Zymox products react to organic matter in your Cocker’s skin to better help manage irritation, infections, and hot spots. I’m giving a prize pack of Zymox goodies away below thanks to the folks at Pet King Brands.
Cockers are also prone to ear issues, so I keep an ear flush and ear treatment in Dexter’s first aid kit and emergency home kit. For minor inflammation, dermatitis, or minor skin irritation, I use the Zymox Enzymatic Ear Solution with 0.5% hydrocortisone. You don’t want to flush first when using this product due to the enzymes.
While on a cross country trip with our Cocker Spaniel about five years ago, he developed itchy ears with a slight odor. We spent time in a dry climate with a lot of humidity. Since Cocker ears hang low to the ground, it’s no wonder he ended up with itchy ears. After a week of using the Zymox enzymatic ear solution, his ears looked and smelled great. On return from our trip, we visited the veterinarian to be sure he had no ear infection. I am happy to report his ears were clean and free of debris.
Should your dog have non-infected ears and perhaps something is bothering him or you wish to flush ears after a hike, walk, or spending time outdoors, Zymox LP3 Ear Cleanser works quickly and effectively. I’ve been using the Zymox products for close to 20 years on my Cocker Spaniels and always make sure they are in our first aid kit for dogs.
Emergency Kit Eye Products For Dogs
Every dog should have an eye wash in his first aid kit. Cocker Spaniels have a higher number of eye issues versus other breeds, so I keep an antimicrobial eye wash on hand. If you dog ever gets debris, dirt, pollen, or any number of irritants in his eyes, an eye wash comes in handy.
Two of the brands I’ve used with success are the Vetericyn Plus antimicrobial pet eye wash and the Nutri-Vet Eye Rinse Liquid for dogs. Whichever canine eye flush you choose, be sure to clear its use with your dog’s vet if he has any pre-existing eye issues. Most eye rinses for dogs contain a gentle solution designed to flush a dog’s eyes.
Emergency Kit Paw Products For Dogs
The only time my Cocker Spaniel had a paw emergency was the time he stepped on a bee. He yelped and lifted his front paw in the air to reveal a nasty stinger protruding from the pad. I hurriedly opened our first aid kit and used a pair of tweezers to remove it.
After the stinger was removed, I applied Dr. Harvey’s Organic Healing Cream. I swear by this stuff, which contains a holistic blend of organic shea butter and herbal extracts to soothe wounds and promote healing. It’s safe if licked and is good for a variety of issues, including sunburn!
Tip: In a pinch, you can generally use an eye wash to flush off debris from the bottom of dog’s paw until you have access to water.
No Cocker Spaniel first aid kit is complete without styptic powder to stop bleeding fast. If your dog ever has a nail injury and the quick is involved, it could end up looking like a crime scene. The quick is the blood supply portion that runs down the center of a dog’s nail. Sometimes during nail trimmings, a groomer may nick the quick. Always have this on hand for any canine nail emergencies.
Emergency Staples For Dog First Aid Kits
In addition to the above items, here are staples no dog first aid kit should be without. I’ve linked each one out to Amazon where you can purchase yours plus a free printable you can download below.
Syringe – to administer medications or peroxide in the event of emergency
Bandana – to cover wounds, apply pressure, apply cool water to dog
Benadryl – an antihistamine can come in handy for allergic reactions and bee stings. Talk to your dog’s veterinarian about dosing.
CBD in the event your dog has a seizure (I am a fan of the Pet Releaf brand) < === not an affiliate link, it just is really good stuff
Bonus Canine First Aid Kit Items
There are some additional items we highly recommend you keep on hand. Most basic canine first aid kits don’t come with these. No matter what breed of dog you have or if you have an all-American mutt, keep these at arm’s reach just in case.
Urinalysis test strips: Test your dog’s urine anywhere and get a baseline, determine if a urinary tract infection might be happening, and share values with your dog’s veterinarian
Portable trimmer – to get things out of fur or items stuck on hair/paw hair
Portable mini flashlight – in case the sun is going down or it’s dark outside
Magnifying glass – to get a good look at things
QuickClot – I keep this on hand just in case of a bleeding accident
Adaptil calming spray – Our vet sprays this on a bandana and then puts the bandana on our dog at every vet visit. Very calming and worth traveling with in case of travel fears, thunderstorms, fireworks.
Poison control number – put in your phone and in the first aid kit
Pet First Aid emergency guide – In a pinch, this has most major emergencies in dogs listed. I own this one.
21 Items For A Cocker Spaniel First Aid Kit
Here’s a handy summary you can print and keep in your dog’s records. Make sure you toss out any expired items and replenish the emergency kit as needed. We’ve listed the bonus items as well. Click to download a copy and print it, hang it on your fridge and keep one with your dog’s supplies.
Enter Our Zymox Giveaway
Our friends at Zymox sponsored this post and agreed to give a full-size bottle of Zymox topical spray and one tube of Zymox topical cream to one lucky winner. Zymox is not responsible for the post’s contents.
Simply tell us the name of the dog who would use these products in the comment boxes below.
One winner will be selected at random on August 14th at 12 noon ET and notified by email. Must be 18 or older and live in the USA.
Good luck and be sure to keep your dog’s first aid kit stocked up!