5 Must have items in any dog’s first aid kit

Building a complete dog first aid kit and having it always at reach is vital! Dogs explore, run, swim and eventually, dogs injure themselves.

Sometimes, as the owner, you just know there’s something wrong with your pooch. Often, you are worried enough to try to figure out what exactly is wrong but not enough to go to the vet. A dog first aid kit will help you out with these little troubles that we, dog owners, know oh too well!

Now, it goes without saying that if you don’t know what you are doing or feel overwhelmed, calling and visiting your vet is what you should always do. The vet is always the best option but you can definitely assist your dog with the below items in your first aid kit.

Dog Antiseptic Gel, Spray or Wipes

First things first, if your dog has a little injury, you have to clean the area as best as you can using an antiseptic. This is to stop a potential infection or irritation and kill bad germs in order to prevent further trouble. Yes, just like us humans!

Now, make sure you use a dog-friendly or dog-only antiseptic as dogs don’t have to same tolerance to alcohol and chemicals as people.

For your convenience, manufacturers have come up with four main types of antiseptic products:

  • Gel — stays on the applies zone better
  • Spray — spreads evenly and stores easily
  • Liquid — less convenient packaging maybe
  • Wipes — super convenient but usually milder strength

Have your pick and make sure it is usable a year or two from now because this is not the type of products we use daily. Buy more if you hike or trek with your dog as risks of injuries increase.

Strong Painkillers for Dogs

A feverish dog or one that’s failing his own eating and sleeping habits is usually a dog in pain. Once you assess the situation and realize it isn’t just a brief tiredness, you have to relieve the pain and discomfort using a dog painkiller.

Let me be clear: never offer human painkillers to a dog. Dosage and active compounds are not compatible to our very different bodies.

As explained by Breeding Business, painkillers for dogs and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are available over-the-counter but you also need a vet-prescribed pain relief, in case the pain becomes too strong and you cannot get your companion to the vet just yet.

These include codeine for dogs as well as rimadyl, deramaxx and previcox. Each having their own specialty so make sure your bring that up at your next visit at the veterinary practice.

Dressings and Bandages

Dog owners face a huge offer of self-adhesive bandages, dressing rolls, gauze dressings, and more. Always have several different dressings and some surgical tape in order to be ready for a wide range of injuries. If need be, you can always buy more of a particular type.

A dressing is a sterile compress that is applied directly onto the wound in order to protect it from external threats and potentially harmful bacterias, viruses, germs and the environment. For dogs, dressings and bandages also help avoid the dog licking off the products applied.

When applied correctly and changed when required, dressings will also help sealing the wound to accelerate the clotting process. To reduce the risk of infection, dressings and bandages are breathable while still offering a moist environment.


Splinters in the dog’s paws or even porcupine quills are amongst the top ten most common dog ailments, especially for active dogs. This is why having ready-to-use disinfected tweezers is a must-have in any first aid kit for dogs.

Additionally, dog owners should also own a tick removal tool in case their pet fall victim of a few ticks during their doggy life. The most common choice that’s also recommended by most vets is the O’Tom Tick Remover.


Early onsets of a fatigue, illness or viral disease often include a higher or lower temperature causing a feverish physical state. According to the American Kennel Club, a temperature of 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 to 39.2 degrees Celsius) is typical for dogs.

Ear thermometers make strong claims but because of the different shapes of canine ear canals, the ear temperature is not as relevant as the anus.

Although they are not the most convenient to use, rectal thermometers are the best and most reliable way to take a dog’s temperature. Lubricate heavily the anus and insert the thermometer following the instructions given by the manufacturer.

That’s a Wrap!

A dog first aid kit can include hundreds of items but the quantity matters very little. Indeed, the most important here to have versatile items in order to cope with a wide range of first aid needs. If more is required, it’s your vet’s job to provide you with more guidance.

Are you thinking about getting a French Bulldog? or maybe another?

It’s true that Frenchies are one of the most popular breeds… and its obvious why. They are cheeky in character, loving in personality and all round, fantastic dogs to join your family.


Perhaps you are looking for a dog and would like to know more about French Bulldogs, or you have one already, know plenty about them and need a friend for your much loved canine companion.


Its really important you do your research but I take pride in the fact that I always give a lifetime worth of advice with every puppy and at any stage previous Mandanna puppy owners can come back with questions and queries but most of all, photos! I get an abundance of Mandanna dog owners coming back to me showing photos, telling stories and asking me if I think its a good idea to get ANOTHER dog.

Brindle French Bulldog
Brindle Puppies

So if you are thinking about getting a Frenchie, then don’t hesitate to get in touch…

browse my blog, take a look at the guides, galleries and lifestyle posts and see for yourself!

M and the dogs x



In Love With Lilo

So we were completely over the moon at the prospect of our blue girl Hyacinth having puppies with Lilo, A stunning Lilac French Bulldog owned by Michelle Howarth from Paledeto Frenchies. As far as we were concerned, this was a match made in doggy heaven.

Hyacinth – Mandanna Dogs

Lilo carries a whole range of colours in his genes. (AT/dd/bb/KY/KBR) which I think we can all recognise that he carries colours all across the board.

Lilo – Paledeto Frenchies

None the less, DNA aside, Lilo is a beautiful dog so here is what happened next…

We were privileged to use Lilo and when Hyacinth went to stay on her holidays she was given all the home comforts and Michelle’s special tender loving care  so it was like being at home from home.

After 63 days of waiting patiently and anxiously, Hyacinth blessed us with 4 beautiful, glowing babies. 3 girls and 1 boy. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. These babies are stunning and we have high hopes for them.







Celine Hand Luggage

Going somewhere? When it comes to trendy dogs we have seen Chihuahuas popping their little heads out of celebrity handbags for years but there is no doubt that The French Bulldog is the hottest dog out there, but why is The French Bulldog this years best Co-Ord?


With The French Bulldog’s biggest fans like Tom Hardy, Jessie Ware, Gok Wan & Lady Gaga there is no wonder we can’t get enough of this hot dog. But is it just because of their celebrity following? NO. These big eared pooches stand on their own with some having hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers just purely for their character and appeal.

Pied Partners

So its no surprise that we just want to shout from the roof tops about how wonderful Frenchies are, and to be honest, we think most people already know… All we know is, French Bulldogs for us is no fad, no fashion statement.. these guys are our favourite dogs. For life. So even if they ever go out of fashion and the next top dog comes along we’re still going to be over here chilling with our Frenchies living it up.

If you are looking for a French Bulldog, then get in touch! I am passionate about our Frenchies and would love to give more details about our puppies.


Potty about French Bulldogs 💙

Now it’s nothing new that we are absolutely, positively potty about frenchies… But this time we really are proving it to the world. There are so many different colours of French Bulldogs these days but sometimes we like to go back to basics, kick back to a time where it was all black and white.. Well, Pied… You can thank us later! 

Oh and in case you were wondering, yes, the answer is yes. This little boy is looking for his new home. If you’d like any details just give me a call! 

M x 






Petite Fleur

I’ve been so excited to write this post, patiently waiting for this little baby to get big enough to sit up and be photographed… As you can sort of see, her ear isn’t quite up yet but I think that adds to her babiness! (Her ear will come up in time) … The reason why is she is daughter of my Russian dog, Reuben, who has multi champions and international champions in his pedigree. She really is a stunning example… And she is looking for her new home. Petite Fleur will be Kennel Club registered, Health checked, vaccinated and all bells and whistles! If you’d like some more details about her then don’t hesitate to give me a call. So here are the photos! 

M x