Creating a Dog First Aid Kit

dog first aid kit

Summertime often includes outdoor activities, even adventures with your pet dog. These times are always filled with fun activities, but it’s always smart idea to keep a dog first aid kit  handy just as you would have one for yourself. This is something you should always have on hand year round, but summer activities always call for extra care and preparedness. Here are some items to include in your doggie first aid kit.

When faced with wound care for your dog, here are some essentials to have in your kit:

  • Roll gauze
  • One-inch white medical tape
  • Scissors
  • Telfa pads or other non-stick dressings
  • Antiseptic wipes or wash that has either betadine or chlorhexiine as the main ingredient
  • A hemostatic agent to stop bleeding, such as QuikClot

Here are some other items that should be included for a variety of circumstances:

  • Extra wash cloths or towels for cleaning and creating slings. Even a larger one if you have a dog that would need to be transported gently in a larger sling.
  • A blanket in order to keep them calm, warm and to help with any shock.
  • Ice and hot packs
  • A muzzle, since dogs may still instinctively bite as a reaction to being injured and scared
  • Exam gloves for yourself
  • Tweezers to remove lodged items or ticks

In terms of medicines, there are a few that you may want to include, as well. Benadryl may be given to dogs in proper doses for allergic reactions. Be sure to check with your vet to find out what the proper dosage would be for your type and size of dog.

For pain relief, you may obtain an NSAID that is prescribed by your veterinarian. Do not use over-the-counter pain medications that you would take as something to give to your dog. This is something that you should specifically purchase through your vet’s office.

A large syringe (without the needle attachment) is needed in order to administer liquid medications to your dog. It may also serve as a good way of flushing out wounds or eyes with clean water. This is an item you should be able to obtain through your vet’s office, as well. You may want to have two of them – one for oral medication and one for flushing wounds – so that you can pre-mark the dosage line on the medication syringe. This preparation makes it easy for you to know how much to give your dog during an emergency situation without having to remember what your vet told you.

Lastly, keep a list of phone numbers handy in your kit that lists your veterinarian’s number, poison control and perhaps even an emergency veterinarian’s office in case your regular vet is unavailable. Keep all these items together in a bag or box that you have designated for this sole purpose. Being prepared is paramount to treating emergencies with your dog as quickly as possible.

Don’t leave home without your dog first aid kit!


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