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One thing that is very important to have on hand is a first aid kit for your Maltese. Here's a great list copied from Bhe Jei Maltese:

cotton gauze bandage wrap - 1.5 inch width, 3 inch width

Vet Wrap -- 2 inch width, and 4 inch width (4 inch is sold for horses)

Ace bandage

first aid tape

cotton gauze pads

regular Band-Aids

cotton swabs or Q-tips


ascriptin (buffered aspirin)

Pepto Bismol tablets

New Skin liquid bandage (useful for patching abrasions on pads)

iodine tablets (if you hike and camp in areas where the stream water may not be safe for consumption with out first treating with iodine or boiling)

oral syringes (for administering liquid oral medicines, getting ear-drying solution into ears, etc..very useful!)

needle & thread

safety pins in several sizes

razor blade (paper wrapped for protection)



hemostat (useful for pulling ticks, thorns, large splinters, etc)

small blunt end scissors

canine rectal thermometer (get one made specifically for dogs)

antibiotic ointment (such as Bacitracin, Betadine, or others)

Eye rinsing solution (simple mild eye wash)

small bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

small bottle of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing)

alcohol or antiseptic wipes (in small individual packets)

small jar of Vaseline

Specific medications YOUR dog may need (for allergies, seizures, etc.)
Also have the following around the house, and consider packing to take on out-of-town trips:

*Ottomax (ointment for ear infections)

*Chlorasone eye ointment (or a similar cortisone-antibiotic eye ointment)

*Gentocin topical spray

hydrocortisone topical spray (such as Cortaid brand)

ear cleaning solution (Nolvasan Otic, Epi-Otic, or your favorite)

homemade ear drying solution (1 part rubbing alcohol, 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water)

otoscope (for examining ears)

Epsom salts

Can anyone think of anything alse to add? Any comments?
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