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First Aid Facility

Welcome to the place where we offer general info on canine first aid, different types of skin problems, and ways to prevent and treat them.

As a heads up, the information found here does not replace professional veterinary advice or consultation. It is simply an educational resource.

Building a Dog First Aid Kit

Having a first aid kit ready for your dog can be a literal life saver! Here are 11 things we recommend stocking. For more info, see our post on Pet First Aid Awareness.

  • Illustrations of roll of first aid bandage wrap, adhesive bandage, and a roll of medical tape

    Pet Bandages + Tape

    Cover wounds and protect areas that your dog may attempt to lick and scratch at.

  • Illustration of Lavengel antibacterial ointment for first aid tube

    Antibacterial Ointment

    Lavengel® not only relieves + heals, but it can also prevent and stop infection.

  • Drawing of a pair of blunt-tip scissors for first aid kits

    Bandage Scissors

    Great for cutting bandages and removing excess or matted fur around a wound.

  • Illustration of a lavender slip lead for canines

    Slip Lead

    This can function as a temporary muzzle or a leash if you don’t have your normal one.

  • Drawing of lavender-colored tweezers

    Plastic Tweezers

    Handy when removing ticks, splinters, or small debris that’s lodged in the skin.

  • Illustration of notebook with lavender paw print and first aid cross on cover

    Emergency Binder

    Keep a notebook with your dog’s health records, meds, and emergency contacts.

  • Illustration of lavender dog muzzle

    Muzzle

    Regardless of their normal temperament, an injured or frightened dog may try to bite.

  • Illustrations of an empty eyedropper and syringe with no needle for administering oral medication

    Eyedropper

    An eyedropper or syringe with no needle can be used to administer medication orally.

  • Illustrations of a pack of disposable wipes in foreground and towel in background

    Wipes + Towel

    Messes happen! A pack of wipes and a couple of towels can be priceless at times.

  • Illustration of a pack of 12 medication tablets

    Benadryl Tablets

    Diphenhydramine tablets can be used in case of allergic reactions (e.g., wasp stings).

  • Illustration of hydrogen peroxide bottle

    Hydrogen Peroxide

    3% hydrogen peroxide can be used to induce vomiting if something harmful was eaten.

How to Treat a Minor Wound on Your Dog at Home

This is not for deep or serious wounds. It is not a substitute for professional veterinary care.

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    Stop the Bleeding

    Use a clean cloth or towel and apply pressure to the wound site for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes of constant pressure, check to see if it has stopped.

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    Clean the Wound

    Once bleeding has stopped, use clean water to rinse the wound of debris. A spray bottle and a mild soap can be useful here.

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    Remove Foreign Objects

    Use a pair of tweezers to remove things such as thorns, burrs, glass, rocks, etc. A magnifying glass or magnifier phone app can really help.

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    Disinfect the Wound

    Flush the wound again with water and a cleanser such as chlorhexidine. If not available, mild soap can be used, but it should be rinsed off.

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    Apply Lavengel®

    Gently apply a thin layer of Lavengel. It will help relieve irritation, protect the wound from microbes, and begin the healing process.

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    Bandage the Wound

    Use a bandage or wrap to prevent your dog from licking. Replace the bandage and reapply Lavengel every 24 hours until the wound is healed.

Common Dog Skin Problems

Want to figure out exactly what that weird spot is on your dog? Maybe you've heard of it, but would like more information. Either way, we can help!

  • Flame icon depicting Lavengel is effective in treating and healing canine hotspots

    Hotspots

    Also known as acute moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis, these angry red patches are no fun for any dog - or owner.

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  • Dog paw icon depicting that Lavengel is effective in soothing, treating, and healing dog paw irritations

    Paw Licking + Irritations

    Why do dogs lick their paws so much? We've found a wide array of reasons and irritations that make them treat their feet like lollipops.

    Let's find out 
  • Rash icon insinuating that Lavengel treats, soothes, and heals rashes and dermatitis

    Rashes + Dermatitis

    Often referred to interchangeably, dermatitis takes on different forms with different causes. Here is an overview of 10 common types.

    Teach onward 
  • Bacteria icon indicating that Lavengel kills and prevents bacterial infections in the skin

    Pyoderma + Bacterial Infections

    Pyoderma, aka bacterial skin infection, ranges from acne-like pimples to serious deep-tissue infections and can affect all dogs at all ages.

    Ew... tell me more 
  • Icon depicting demodectic and sarcoptic mites that cause mange in dogs

    Mange: Demodex + Scabies

    What is mange, and what causes it? How is it treated? Can I get mange from my dog? We've got many mange questions covered.

    Let's answer those queries