GREYFRIAR CAIRN TERRIERS
George and Danielle Rackstraw, Breeders

FIRST AID LIST AND INFORMATION

One of the most important items to have for your Cairn is a first aid kit. You will find that this also becomes your personal "medicine" cabinet, since most items that can be used for your dog are also items that you and your family can use. The First Aid box is often forgotten about [while our dogs have every new toy in the world], yet I feel it is critical to have all your dog first aid supplies handy and in one area.

Since the Cairn is a hardy breed, they normally don't show you that they are ill or injured until that injury or illness is quite bad.

Start by purchasing a large plastic carry box. Get a box that is larger than what you think you might need, as this fills up fast. This type of a plastic box is normally sold in craft stores, hardware stores (for nuts and bolts) and in sporting good stores (fishing tackle boxes). They have partitions to separate items by type, and usually have more than one layer in which to store items.

If you get a box that is large enough, a section of this can also be used to store your grooming tools. Most items listed below are available at your local drug store or pharmacy, or through Pet catalogs. Any mentioned medical/vet type item can also be obtained from your vet.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS LIST IS FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY, or in the event of minor injuries or illnesses, and this DOES NOT take the place of an examination by your Veterinarian or Emergency hospital.

When purchasing items on this list, your best bet is to purchase the smallest amount size that is available in that product. You can often find smaller sizes or sample sizes in your travel item section of your local drug store. Hopefully every item that you purchase that is dated (expiration date) will be thrown away without using the item. This is your GOAL! Read the labels to see if any item has to be refrigerated once opened, and tell the family that any item that is removed or is almost gone has to be replaced. This first aid box is a wonderful family emergency box and also a great travel (vacation/camping) kit.

IF YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR DOG TO THE EMERGENCY HOSPITAL, ESPECIALY IN THE EVENT OF A SERIOUS INJURY OR ILLNESS, PLEASE TAKE THE ONE EXTRA MINUTE TO CALL THE DOCTOR OR CLINIC AND TELL THEM THAT YOU ARE ON THE WAY. THEY WILL EXPECT YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE AND YOU OFTEN CAN SEE THE VET SOONER.

Get signed up at your local emergency clinics. No matter how ill your dog is, it is rare for a vet to see a dog without the paperwork and financial arrangements being completed first. Call the office, and request a set of forms to fill out ahead of time. Make a copy for the glove boxes of your vehicles. Mail the forms back to the clinic. In your glove box of all your vehicles, you should have a copy of the current shot record, the emergency room check-in forms, and a photocopy of any recent blood test results, as well as a list of any medications your dog may be on.

It is important for all family members who drive to know EXACTLY where the emergency clinic is. If you have never been there, do a test run, and carry a map with you. Nervousness and fear cause even the best driver to forget where things are.

FIRST AID LIST

By adding a few items typically used for humans such as Band-Aid's, small disposable cups for pills, etc., this kit serves any household quite well.

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