Dog First Aid Kit

Every dog owner should keep the following supplies and information on hand:first aid

  • Emergency phone numbers (Veterinarian, Pet Emergency Room, Animal Poison Control, etc.)
  • Current copy of dog’s rabies certificate
  • Current clear photo of the dog (in case he goes missing)
  • Kennel lead (loop at end instead of snap, to be used without a collar)
  • Gauze (4 x 4 squares, 2-inch roll)
  • Adhesive bandage tape
  • Thermometer
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting if advised)
  • Ice pack
  • Glucose paste (or a tube of plain white unflavored icing)
  • Bandage scissors
  • Disposable safety razors
  • Sterile saline eye wash
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Plastic card (e.g., credit card material) to scrape away stingers
  • Small hand towels
  • Latex or hypoallergenic material gloves
  • Emergency blanket (thin silver material, to prevent chilling, found in camping stores)
  • Tweezers
  • Needle-nose pliers (good for removing quills)
  • 6 cc oral syringe (to flush wounds)
  • Q-tips (in a sealed package or zip top bag)
  • Styptic powder or pencil
  • Vaseline
  • Vet Wrap (also called coflex)
  • Gallon-sized bags (to make a waterproof leg/tail covering)
  • Women’s sanitary pads (use for bandages or for padding on splints)
  • Wooden paint sticks (for splints)
  • Brightly colored duct tape (to attach pads to paint stick for padding, to cover vet wrap, etc)
  • Muzzle that fits your dog (when in pain they sometimes snap at people trying to help)
  • Tool box / other container to hold all these items together and for ease of transport.

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