Dog First Aid Kit
First Aid For Dogs

Dog First Aid

Golden Retriever with mini First Aid Kit

A dog first aid kit is an investment in pet insurance. It provides you the chance to stabilize your dog on the way to the vet, veterinary hospital or clinic. You just may save the dog’s life because of it.

If you travel with your dog, or don’t live near a veterinary clinic, the dog first aid kit is even more important.

Ask your vet what else you should have in the kit and check the kit for expired medications and batteries.

List of emergency telephone numbers.

  • Regular veterinarian.
  • Veterinarian 24 hour hotline.
  • Veterinarian Hospital.
  • ASPCA Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435)
  • Good First Aid Book.— “Dog First Aid” by American Red Cross or “What’s Wrong With My Dog? By veterinarian Dr. Jake Tedaldi.

  • Absorbent compresses (sometimes called gauze sponges) in various sizes.
  • Adhesive tape. Hypoallergenic. (Narrow and wide, roll of each)
  • Antibacterial wipes. (Wipe skin around wounds before treating.)
  • Antibiotic ointment, triple. (Neosporin is excellent, etc)

  • Baking soda— (Use with burns, skin infections, abrasions)
  • Bandages (Waterproof and self-cling vet wrap types) Asst’d sizes.
  • Betadine solution (antiseptic product to ward off infection in wounds)
  • Blankets, emergency. (compact thermal is best) (Can be small enough for a dog, and for the dog first aid kit.)

  • Clean cloths. Strips of cloth (make a muzzle, tourniquet etc)
  • Cold compress.
  • Cotton balls (use in clean wounds, eyes, etc)
  • Dog socks (booties) (to protect injured paws)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) in dose correct for your dog’s size. approved by your vet for allergic reactions. Be sure it contains Diphenhydramine ONLY, nothing else.

  • Expired credit card to scrape away stingers.
  • Epsom salts (*to make saline solutions)
  • Eyedropper, plastic. (From pharmacy) Multi-uses.

  • Gloves, disposable non-latex.
  • Glucose paste or corn syrup (If your dog has diabetes or low blood sugar)
  • Grooming clippers. (Optional)
  • Hot/cold pack.
  • Hydrogen peroxide, 3% (check expiration date) (Induce vomiting, on infected wounds)

  • Ice pack.
  • Milk of Magnesia (for poison ingestion and stomach upsets)
  • Muzzle (be sure it fits your dog properly) Cage type is best but soft type is easier to carry around.

    Be sure all liquids will stand up in the dog first aid kit.

  • Nail clippers appropriate for your dog.
  • Needle-nose pliers.
  • Nylon leash.
  • Nylon stocking (make a muzzle, use as tourniquet, other uses)

  • Pepto Bismol (for certain poisons and upset stomachs)
  • Petroleum jelly. (to lubricate thermometer, more)
  • Penlight or flashlight to look into wounds and into the throat and eyes.
  • Q-Tips- (Cleaning wounds,. Eyes, Ears, massaging gums) No dog first aid kit is complete without them!

  • Razor, safety. (To shave fur from areas to be treated)
  • Rectal thermometer (non mercury, non glass) Digital, pediatric.
  • Roll cohesive wrap, 3 inch width. (Stretch and sticks to itself)
  • Roll gauze, 2 inch width, cotton.
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) Cooling agent on skin for heat stroke, fevers.

  • Scissors, small, blunt end.
  • Sterile gauze page, non-adherent. various sizes.
  • Sterile, water-based lubricant such as KY jelly. That washes easily. (Hold fur back while working on wounds)
  • Syringe (baby dose size.)
  • Sterile eye lubricant.—available at pharmacies.
  • Sterile saline eye wash—available at pharmacies. (Eye and wound flushing)
  • Sterile sponge. (drawing infections, cleaning skin)
  • Sterile eye tear gel—at pharmacies. (Lubricate eyes after flushing)
  • Sterile needle (for removing ticks, stingers, splinters, etc)
  • Styptic Powder (to stop bleeding from broken toenails) get at pet stores.
  • Syringe, small, plastic. (for giving liquid medicine)

  • Tongue depressors, large. (They make good splints on small dogs.)
  • Towels—Paper and Cloth both. Fold flat to fit in the dog first aid kit.
  • Turkey baster (to flush wounds and cuts)
  • Tweezers. ! Pointed, 1 angular for removing ticks, etc.
  • Wire cutters,. Small. (to cut barbs from fish hooks if you go fishing) Also remove wire from entangled legs and paws.

For a container, use a mechanics metal toolbox or a fisherman’s box. The container should be metal with a carrying handle. Assemble all this stuff gradually, and accumulate gradually. The list is long, I know, but everything on it is useful.

First Aid For Dogs—Tips

  1. To draw out infection from a wound, clean between paws or sooth itchy skin, add a heaping teaspoon of Epsom Salts to three cups warm water and mix. Apply to affected area with a sterile sponge, clean cloth or Q-Tip.

  2. For heat stroke or fever, apply rubbing alcohol to the skin with a sponge or rag. It has a great cooling effect. Also, use for cleaning oils out of ears and off skin. Use a Q-Tip to clean dirt and infections from the skin folds on the face, neck.

  3. Use petroleum jelly to lubricate the rectal thermometer. After raising the dog’s tail and inserting the thermometer, be sure to leave it in until is beeps. Too many people don’t do that and they get a bad reading.

    Also, take your dog’s temperature when she is feeling okay so you know what her temp normally is for future reference.

  4. After any trauma, wrap your dog in a thermal blanket (in your first aid kit) and keep her warm to help prevent shock.

  5. Use KY jelly to hold fur back from a wound or area to be worked on. It washes off quickly with plain water.

  6. This will be ongoing as we suggest ways to use the products.

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