Your First Aid Kit for Dogs: Item number 1

We’re going to help you “build” your (incredibly low-cost) First Aid Kit for Dogs  in occasional Posts. Here’s the first one:

Ever notice when someone has had surgery, their skin is yellow? That’s because THE Medical Standard Germ-killer is Iodine-based… and Iodine is a deep yellow/brown color.  So the yellow is left from them having disinfected the area with this before surgery.   It’s called Betadine (it is more than just Iodine – so don’t buy that), it can be used for Dogs as well as humans.  It’s one of the best things you can use for most any wound that needs disinfecting (read and follow the directions).   And I think it should be part of your Dog First Aid Kit.  first aid for dogsdog first aid

You can get it by name, Betadine, or a generic version for a much lower cost, and it might be called Povidone Iodine – it’s the same thing – Save Your Money!                 Info at Wikipedia

What to use it for:  Wound, rash, burns, irritated skin or most anything else that needs de-germing (in accordance with the instructions).  Sometimes Dogs can get a Mystery Rash or Hot Spot.  I like to try a few days of washing with Betadine; it covers SO many things, that it almost always takes care of the problem.

From Wikipedia: ” Iodine has been recognized as an effective broad-spectrum bactericide, and it is also effective against yeasts, molds, fungi, viruses, and protozoans.”

How to use it:  You can wash the area with it, or put it in a spray bottle and use it that way, it’s available as an Ointment too.  Downside: it’s very dark and does stain, but in many cases, you’ll be following the Betadine with a bandage or dressing anyway… especially if using the ointment.   It’s worth the slight mess.

How to Buy it:  It’s such a “standard” that it’s available in all sorts of handy versions!

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I GET THE GENERIC VERSION FOR LESS MONEY.   IT’S GOOD TO HAVE ON HAND.  SOONER OR LATER, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DO!

 

 

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