Instruments

  • Hair Trimmers Hair Trimmers: use the hair trimmers to trim the hair away from the wound site. Be sure and trim back enough hair so one can see the entire margins of the wound. It is better to trim back more hair than less so one can properly visualize the extent of the wound site. Besides, a large bald spot will grow back just as quickly as a small bald spot, so trim enough hair so one can see what is going on. The hair trimmers are battery operated, so keep extra (AA) batteries available as backup. Also included are oil and a brush, which should be used to clean out hair clippings and to lubricate the blades periodically.
  • Thermometer Digital Thermometer: to select the measuring scale, press and hold the button for 2 to 3 seconds until you see Lo˚F or Lo˚C, repeat to change between ˚F or ˚C. Once the Lo˚F or Lo˚C is displayed, the thermometer is ready to measure temperature. It needs to be lubricated before use so apply the Triple Antibiotic ointment as a lubricant, as it has a white petrolatum base. Gently insert into the rectum and wait about one minute for a reading. A dog’s average body temperature is 101.5˚F but the normal range is between 100˚F and 102.5˚F. Clean off with an alcohol wipe when finished.
    100 =
     37.7
    101 =
     38.3
    102 =
     38.9
    103 =
     39.4
  • Thumb Forceps Thumb Forceps or Tweezers: these thumb forceps or tweezers can be used in a number of situations, e.g. removing splinters or thorns, tick removal (grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and apply steady direct tension until it is removed, do not twist), tweezers are also good for aiding in suture removal.
  • Scissors Bandage Scissors: use these to cut bandage or dressing materials. The blunt tip makes it easier to remove the bandage material by inserting the blunt tip safely between the skin and bandage before cutting.
  • Penlight Penlight: good source for illumination to check inside the mouth, partial visualization of the ear canal. It can also be used for checking whether the pupils are dilated or constricted and how they respond to a light source.
  • Muzzle Muzzle: it is a good practice to always put a muzzle on your pet before treatment of most wounds. While the pet may not intend to inflict any injury sometimes they will snap or bite out of fear or discomfort resulting from treatment of a wound. It is just a safe practice to apply a muzzle.
  • 60cc Syringe 60cc (2 oz) Syringe: this syringe can be used to flush cuts or small wounds with warm water, it can also be used to administer hydrogen peroxide or other liquids orally, if needed.