Whether you’re camping in the back country, going on a day hike, or travelling across America, keeping a dog first aid kit on hand is crucial for the well being of your pet. Dog first aid kits work in the same way that human kits do, in that they are used to administer aid until further medical attention is sought. Neglecting to have a dog first aid kit close by can mean the difference between life and death for your pet.
There are a few different options for creating a dog first aid kit. You can:
- Buy a pre-made kit
- Buy a human first kit and add items specifically for dogs
- Create your own dog first aid kit from scratch
It’s a good idea to carry your dog first aid kit in a waterproof bag for protection. Also, keep all items that require sanitation in their own individual wrapping. Your first aid kit does not need to be big and bulky. Most of these items are easily able to fit into a small pouch.
You will need:
Phone Numbers – Your vet, the closest vet/emergency clinic to your location
Muzzle – Even a dog who has never been known to bite will need a muzzle when injured. Given the right situation, with the right amount of fear, a dog may be capable of doing something out of character. Make sure that the muzzle fits your dog properly, and that you work towards acclimatizing your dog to the muzzle in advance, to decrease anxiety in the moment of need.
Gauze – Used for wrapping wounds and to use as a makeshift muzzle if needed
Scissors – To cut bandages
Corn Starch or White Flour – To stop bleeding nails
Saline Solution – To clean eyes
Small Turkey Baster – To administer saline solution
Dog Treats – To help ease anxiety
Towel – To clean up a mess, or to wrap the dog in to calm him
Hydrogen Peroxide – To induce vomiting
*It’s VERY important to call your vet before administering hydrogen peroxide. The improper quantity can be toxic to your dog.