No dog owner ever likes thinking about a time when their beloved dog might become sick or injured. While nobody likes thinking about it, having a plan in place and everything you need prepared will make you feel much more secure in the event of an emergency.
Here is what you should have in your dogs first aid kit. All of these items are readily available for purchase separately or you may wish to purchase a commercially pre-packed kit like one of the kits listed below.
- Your veterinarian’s contact information. You probably already have this number in your phone but it’s a great idea to also have it taped to the first aid kit box as well.
- The contact information for your local emergency animal hospital. Again, this number should be in your phone and also in your first aid kit.
- A muzzle. Make sure it is sized correctly for your dog before putting it into your kit. ALWAYS use a muzzle when treating a dog who is in pain.
- A First Aid Guide. Basic first-aid techniques, such as cleaning a wound, making a splint, and performing CPR– step-by-step. Which over-the-counter human medications can help– or harm– your dog or cat. The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets) is a good one and if you get the Kindle edition you’ll have access to it right from your phone wherever you are at the time of an emergency.
- A flashlight.
- A bottle of water.
- A pair of blunt tipped scissors.
- A small bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide. This is used for cleaning and disinfecting a wound, or for use to promote vomiting if you vet instructs you to induce vomiting.
- A bottle of sterile saline solution. This can be found in the eye care isle of your local pharmacy. Use it if you need to flush any debris out of your dog’s eyes and general wound cleaning. Keep it sterile by not allowing the tip of the bottle to come into contact with anything.
- A bottle of rubbing alcohol.
- A bottle of Karo light corn syrup. Found in the baking isle of your grocery store. Give orally or wipe it on your dogs gums in the event of over exertion. If your dog is diabetic, it can also be used for when your dog is experiencing low blood sugar or hypoglycemia.
- A manually activated ice pack
- A pair of rubber gloves
- A tube of antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin.
- An tube of all-purpose steroid cream/Hydrocortisone cream
- Antihistamine tablets, such as Benadryl
- A mouth anesthetic such as Orajel or Anbesol.
- A roll of 2″ or 3″ gauze
- A supply of 2×2 & 3×3 gauze pads
- A supply of non-stick wound pads
- Cotton Balls
- Roll of adhesive medical tape
- Cauterizing sticks or powder
- Ammonia smelling salt capsules
- A sheet or blanket on which the dog can be placed on and lifted or carried if necessary
All of these items are readily available at your nearest big box store or you may also want to consider purchasing a commercially available kit like Canine Friendly Pet First Aid Kit.
While chances are that you probably have most of these items already around the house or in your own first aid kit. It’s a good idea to have your dog’s first aid kit separate from your own so that at the time of an emergency, you know whatever you are pulling from it are items suitable for use on your dog.
To your dog’s health 🙂
P.S. If you have a sporting dog, this Sporting Dog First Aid Kit looks like a good choice. It’s got all the essential first aid supplies for sporting dogs that are out in the wild including all the necessary emergency stabilization first aid items as well as an approach to emergency first aid for the dog owner.