How To Assemble A Dog First Aid Kit

Assembling a dog first aid kit for your pup is simple and smart.

It’s ideal for home and travel. Please consult with your Veterinarian on what types of emergency medication to add to your kit. There are some medications for humans that can be added and it’s important to ask your Vet about dosages for your dog.

The first thing you’ll need for your dog first aid kit is a good container. A fishing tackle box is great for this. On the outside, with permanent marker, label the box “Dog First Aid” on all sides. In an emergency, someone else might have to locate the kit.

Tape to the inside of the box, a card with the following information:

  • Your name, address, phone #
  • Name and phone of someone to contact in an emergency, who will take care of your dog(s) if you are incapacitated.
  • Your dog’s name(s) and information about any medication they take, any allergies or significant medical conditions they have.
  • Name and phone Numbers of your Vet

Also tape to the inside of the box lid, a card with a list of common medications, their general dosages, and the specific dose for the weight of your dog.

Include in the dog first aid kit:

  • An oral syringe to administer liquid medications
  • A copy of your dog’s vaccination record and Rabies Certificate.

Things to Put in your First Aid Kit:

  • Cotton Gauze Bandage Wrap (1.5 inch width & 3 inch width)
  • Vet Wrap (2 inch width & 4 inch width)
  • Ace Bandage
  • First Aid Tape
  • Cotton Gauze Pads
  • Regular Band Aids
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Liquid Bandage
  • Needle and thread
  • Safety Pins in several sizes
  • Razor Blade (covered in paper)
  • Matches
  • Tweezers
  • Hemostat (useful for pulling ticks, thorns, splinters, etc)
  • Small Blunt End Scissors
  • Canine Rectal Thermometer
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Small bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Small bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing)
  • Eye Rinsing Solution
  • Specific Medications YOUR dog may need

Make sure all medications are clearly labeled and keep your dog first aid kit up to date. Share your list with your VET as they may have suggestions for additions to your kit!

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