Must-Have Emergency First-Aid Kit For Strays | The PAWsitivity Project

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Being responsible for a stray animal also means making sure they’re in good health. While for all situations you will need vet intervention, here is a first-aid kit for strays with medicines you can use in case of an of emergency.

IMPORTANT: These medicines have been recommended by canine experts and seasoned feeders. However, they have strictly pressed on the point to always take your stray to the vet. This first-aid kit for strays is to help you during emergencies when a vet may not be immediately available or to control the illness/wound until you see one.

In the previous posts, we spoke about food & nutrition, building a bond and you also met Mahua & Gabbar. If you haven’t checked those out yet, please do.

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Before we begin, here are a few things to make a note of:

  • Medicines for cats, dogs and cattle differ greatly. Please ensure that you are careful when using these medicines for helping your stray.
  • As mentioned earlier, these medicines are only for first-aid and you must take your stray to the vet or call in an animal ambulance for further inspection.
  • Understand that every stray is different, even if they are the same kind. Please do not blindly follow someone else’s steps of treatment without knowing your adopted strays ailment case well.
  • If your adopted stray is friendly and has adapted to you, you may approach him or her to apply ointments, sprays or powders to their affected area. However, if your stray is scared or not yet friendly or old, please do not approach the stray to apply medicines. Please take them to the vet for all treatment.
  • Always maintain a record of the first-aid medicine you have given your adopted stray. Your vet will require the details when you take them in for an inspection.
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Let’s begin then!

Here is a first-aid kit for stray dogs:

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  • Got Bac or Negasunt Powder (can be used for dogs and cattle. Strictly not for cats) This powder is used to treat wounds that are either infected with maggots or bacteria. Only available at a veterinarian store.
  • Ivermectol (human medicine equivalent to NEOMAC)
    If you find a dog with a wound that is maggot infested or is at risk of being and there is no immediate help, you can give 1 tablet with food to your stray. Please note a 6mg doze needs to be given to an adult dog and a 3mg doze for a puppy. It is best to also give your dog a liver supplement (Himalaya Liv52 for a week from the first doze of Ivermectol.
  • Silverex (can be used for dogs, cats and cattle)
    This ointment can be used on wounds that are not maggot infested or after the removal of maggots.
  • Kailash Jeevan (can be used for dogs, cats and cattle)
    Only to be used only on clean wounds.
  • Nebasulf/Neoaspirin/Betadine (can be used for dogs, cats and cattle)
    These dusting powders can be used to heal wounds and to prevent any infection. They act as an antibiotic and kill bacteria. This can only be used on a clean wound and will not render any effect on a maggot infested or already infected wound.
  • Cipladine (can be used for cats, dogs and cattle)
    This is a general antiseptic in the treatment of skin infections, wounds, cuts, abrasions, burns.
  • Topicure Gel (strictly not for cats)
    It is an anti-fungal gel which destroys fungus and treats ringworm, eczema and other skin problems.
  • Betadine Solution (can be used for cats, dogs and cattle)
    It is used to clean and flush out dirt and dead maggots from wounds and is also an effective antiseptic. You will have to dilute the solution in water until it is the colour of ice-tea (for cats – dilute more)
  • Himalaya Scavon Spray
    If your dog has a wound which may also be infected, you can use this spray. However, if it is a friendly dog, it is recommended to use use powders and ointments. Scavon is also available as an ointment or you can choose Himax for similar results.
  • Himalaya Immunol
    If your adopted stray is unusually down and dull or in need of an immunity boost, you can give them a doze of Immunol with food. However, if weakness persists, please consult a vet.
  • Wound Heal
    This powder is great to treat wounds of dogs that are not friendly and may run away when you try to apply medicine.
  • Vetbacin (can be used for dogs and cats)
    This thick ointment is pretty handy. It is odourless and doesn’t burn, making it ideal to treat and heal wounds of your adopted stray.
  • Himax (can be used for dogs, cats and cattle)
    If your stray has an open wound, you can use this cream that not only heals but prevents fleas and maggots. It can also be used on maggot infested wounds.

Here’s a first-aid kit for stray cats:

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  • Feli D
    These are de-worming tablets that have to be given to a cat only after being prescribed by the vet since the dosage depends on the weight of the cat.
  • Himpirin
    If your cat is dull and not eating well, check for fever. You can give your cat Himpirin as a first-aid before you take your it to the vet.
  • Calm Ear (can be used for cats and dogs)
    Ear mites or fungal, yeast and bacterial infections can be common in stray cats. You can use calm ear for immediate treatment. However, to know the intensity of the infection, we recommend a trip to the vet.
  • Digyton (can be used for cats and dogs)
    For an upset tummy or gas, you can give a vet recommended doze of this syrup. It is also a bowel regulator and an anti-flatulent. If the tummy ache or gas persists, please take your stray to the vet – it could be a more serious illness.
  • Gumex (can be used for cats and dogs)
    This can be used for cats who have gum infection or swelling in the gums.
  • Ondem
    If your stray cat has been vomiting, you can use this as a first-aid. Please do see a vet at the earliest to ensure it is nothing serious.
  • Dizylac6 (can be used for cats and dogs)
    For a case of loose motions during an upset tummy, a doze of Dizylac6 can be given either before or after a meal.
  • Eucalyptus Oil
    If your cat has fleas and it is not possible to take them to the vet right away, you can use 2 drops of Eucalyptus oil in 1/4 mug of water. Wipe the cat with a wash cloth dipped in this solution.

Here’s a first-aid kit for stray birds:

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  • Tincture Iodine I.P. or Cipladine
    Clean a bird wound with Tincture Iodine solution and then follow with sprinkling finely ground tea or coffee powder or Cipladine.
  • Betnesol Oral Drops
    If a bird’s heart beat rate is very fast and you can feel it, this oral drops will help calm the bird and boost its energy. Only 2 drops for an adult bird and 1 drop for a baby bird. An extra doze can be fatal.

Common things for every first-aid kit for strays:

  • Cotton
  • Syringes (without needle)
    These are very handy to feed your stray liquid medicines or even apply it to wounds without cotton.
  • Gauze bandage
  • Gloves
  • Wet food packets (to give the tablet in)

Emergencies in the time of Covid-19

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Given the current situation where it is difficult to find a vet or access animal ambulance services immediately, we hope our first-aid kit for strays helps you in times of emergency. However, we urge you to find a vet in your area or one you can keep in touch with over the phone, so as to make sure your adopted stray is healthy.

Stray animals have adapted to humans and so these are difficult times for them too. It is important for us as feeders and friends of the four-legged to make sure they’re okay. If we all do our part, we will make a PAWsitive difference.

Coming up next week is a peek into alternative healing for strays with Aarti Desai.

We would like to thank Mahua Majumdar Bajpai (Canine Professional), Denise D’Silva (Feline expert and partner at Pet Patch) and feeders Aditya Natrajan (Gully Bois) and Sneha Waykar for their contribution in creating these first-aid kits for strays.

We hope you remember that these medicines are only for first-aid and immediate help before the much-needed vet intervention. Please do not make decisions on your own that may be harmful for your adopted stray.

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