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Being Prepared to Handle Emergencies at a Dog Daycare


It is expected that when you own a Dog Daycare Business,  that you should also have the knowledge to handle any emergencies that may arise concerning the dogs in your care.


Whether the cause of the emergency is or is not your fault, the first priority is to treat the animal and you need to have the knowledge to perform the needed first aid, and you need to have the tools on hand to do it correctly. Being well prepared means you should have the following tools on hand.



    • Rectal Thermometer

    • EMT Gel (1oz. tube)

    • Pen light

    • Locking Hemostat (Surgical quality)

    • SAM Splint

    • Saline Solution

    • Scissors

    • Thumb Forceps

    • Dog Rehydration Drink Mix

    • Staple Remover

    • Styptic Pencil or Powder (Stops Bleeding)

    • Instant Cold Pack

    • Slip Lead

    • Wooden Splints

    • Cast Padding

    • Benadryl

    • Syrup of Ipecac

    • 3% hydrogen peroxide

    • Activated charcoal

    • Vegetable or mineral oil

    • Turkey Baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe

    • Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing

    • Muzzle to keep the animal from biting you if it is in pain or excited

    • Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid

    • Non-Latex Gloves

    • Latex Surgical Gloves

    • Skin Stapler, refillable

    • Staple Remover

    • Pre-Surgical Scrub Brush

    • Iodine

    • Eye wash

    • Alcohol Wipes

    • Iodine Wipes

    • Hydrocortisone Cream

    • Antibiotic Ointment

    • Gauze Bandage (3"x4.5 yds)

    • Sterile Gauze Pads (4"x4")

    • Sterile Gauze Pads (3"x3")

    • Gauze Bandage (2"x4.5 yds)

    • Cohesive Bandage (4"x5 yds)

    • Adhesive Tape (1"x2.5 yds)

    • Vet Wrap

    • Towels

    • Latex Tourniquet

    • Pill Gun

    • 10 c.c. Oral Applicator

    • Cotton Balls

    • Cotton Swabs

    • Ringers Lactate

    • Venoset IV Tube

    • Single Needle (18 gauge x 1 1/2")

    • Pet First Aid Book



As a dog daycare owner you may only have a few short moments to collect yourself and determine the right course of action to treat the emergency. If you are unwilling to accept the fact that a dog is going to die at your facility then you need to get proactive and begin proper first aid. If you tried to cut corners by failing to equip yourself with the knowledge and necessary first aid items then you may very well end up with a dog dying that could have been saved.


The difference between rapid effective treatment and a delayed response while you try to call the vet, explain the situation and get a phone diagnosis, or load up and drive to the vet is usually the difference between life and death.  Being totally prepared is not merely having the tools and knowledge to begin treatment but having the mental toughness and clarity of thought to perform life saving steps when presented with a real emergency.



Conditions, Treatment and First Aid.


This is a large topic as there are a variety of things that can go wrong while taking care of groups of dogs. You need to know how to identify problems before they become life threatening, to assist you this section has been broken down into the following: (Click on a title to learn More)


    • Poisonings Symptoms and Treatment for Dogs


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