Emergency dog care is one of those things that most of us fail to prepare for. We want to believe that our Bichon Frises will never get hurt!
But parents who have dealt with children’s everyday cuts, bruises and stomach aches know that accidents happen when you least expect them! Even to dogs who have had the best of care.
Naturally curious, Bichons explore their environments and get into all kinds of situations. This can lead to unexpected emergencies.
Being prepared for emergency dog care, will help you react quickly to help your dog when she needs you the most.
Everyday First Aid for Dogs
While you certainly can’t anticipate every little thing that might happen to your Bichon Frise, there are many common everyday emergencies that will require your attention.
- Cuts and Wounds – Stat! Pet Wound & Skin Care Spray is nice to have on hand. It forms a gel-like coating on scratches and wounds and fights bacterial and fungal infections. In addition, Stat has a eucalyptus scent that repels insects, and it promotes new hair growth in the injured area.
- Dog Diarrhea – often caused by eating things that are not dog food. Feeding your dog canned pumpkin can help get rid of diarrhea. Or keep a product like Pet Ultimates Probiotics for Dogs on hand, just in case you need it.
- Pet First Aid Kit– A good pet first aid kit will help you treat cuts or broken bones until you can get to the vet. Having all your dog first aid supplies in one spot will save time and frustration. This kit can go with you when you travel or go camping.
- Pet First Aid Book– The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats by Amy Shojai is a good reference book to have on hand. You don’t need to memorize the book to be ready. It’s laid out nicely and tells you what to do first, and when to call the vet.
Plants and Animals
- Plants Poisonous to Dogs – Some plants are very poisonous to dogs. Some can cause itching. When you purchase new plants for your landscape or your home, make sure they will not hurt your dog if she eats them. This refrigerator magnet provides a quick reference on plants that are toxic to dogs.
- Tick Bites – Your dog does not need to be a hunter to get ticks. They will find him in your backyard. With Bichons, tick removal can be difficult, if the tick embeds in your dog’s skin. The O’TOM Tick Twister Removal Tool is inexpensive, and it removes ticks, without leaving the head behind. Very important, it removes the ticks without squeezing infectious liquid into your dog or child.
- Flea Allergies – Bichon Frises are notorious for having allergies—and they get flea allergies, too. You will see your dog scratching and she will be very uncomfortable if she has fleas and a flea allergy. You can prevent flea bites by using a flea and tick collar or by using a product like Advantix II.
Long Term Preparedness
- Emergency Essentials for Pets – If you experience a natural or man-made disaster, you need to be prepared to care for both your Bichon Frise and your family…
- Hurricane Preparedness for Pets – So many of us live in hurricane zones that could easily become disaster areas. Make sure you are prepared to care for your Bichon Frise, if a disaster of any kind, strikes…
While we all hope that these things never happen to our dogs, life has a way of coming up with little surprises. Dog care, like taking care of children, is never dull!
It certainly is best to be prepared to take care of these everyday emergencies—and hope you never have to use your knowledge of emergency dog care!