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If you live some distance away from a large city and/or your vet, it is useful to have the following items and medications always on hand to treat minor illnesses, wounds and injuries. Some of these medications can save a tiring and costly trip to the vet, although it is advisable to always consult your vet by phone first before treating your pet, unless you are extremely experienced.

  • Hydrogen peroxide: to clean small wounds or induce vomiting.
  • Squeeze bottle of sterile water: to flush out wounds.
  • Betadine solution: to disinfect wounds.
  • Antiseptic/antibiotic ointment or powder: to apply to small cuts and wounds. 
  • Sterile gauzes: to clean and cover wounds lightly.
  • Waterproof self-adhesive bandages: to bandage larger wounds with sterile gauze underneath.
  • Vetbond or superglue: Vetbond is the medical version of Superglue but in a pinch the latter will do very well for holding together small, deep wounds. After disinfecting and cleaning well, hold the edges of the wound together, making sure they are straight and lie together naturally. Apply a very thin line of glue on top. Hold gauze immediately below the wound to catch any drips. After 2 seconds the wound will be sealed. Make sure your fingers do not get glued! For larger wounds, reapply after 5 days. This could save a trip to the vet to get stitches.
  • Surgical tape or sticky plaster tape: to make sure bandages stay in place.
  • Alcohol: for disinfecting instruments before use.
  • Scissors: for cutting bandages and tape.
  • Tweezers: for picking out thorns or debris from wounds.
  • Muzzle: if your dog won't let you attend to it properly.
  • Solu-Cortef injectable solution: in cases of severe allergic reactions, emergencies (7.5mg/kg inject in fleshy part of hind leg).
  • Atarax syrup: in case of mild allergic reactions (bee stings, insect bites etc., 0.1ml/kg twice daily).
  • Primperan syrup: for vomiting and diaorrhea.
  • 15 day suppy of a broad spectrum anitbiotic (Clavamox or Cephalexin): Augmentin syrup or tablets are the former and cheaply available at the local pharmacies. For a cheap and large supply of Cehalexin, please see here. This will knock down staph infections that invariably result from animal bites.
  • 7 day supply of anitbiotic Baytril 50mg tablets: this is a really strong antibiotic that can be used if Amoxyxillin or Cephalexin fail to work. Available only from the vet or animal pharmacies.
  • Flagyl anitbiotic syrup: for severe respiratory infections.
  • Tobradex eye drops: for severe eye infections.
  • Surolan ointment or similar: for ear infections and fungal infections (characterised by bald, round spots) on the skin.
  • Anti-poisoning kit: please refer to how to save a poisoned animal. It is particluarly important to have these medications on hand at all times as it could mean the difference between life and death for your pet.

All of the above medications and items are available at the local pharmacies except where specifically mentioned. See here for comprehensive information on antibiotics, types, cost and use.