How To Build A Dog First Aid Kit

A dog first aid kit is one of the first things to have when you get a new puppy. You can never be too safe or too prepared.  You are the first line of care after an accident or injury.  Your puppy may have to wait before receiving medical care for an injury or poisoning.  A dog first aid kit to help him through the immediate danger and pain is a good idea.

Requirements for A Dog First Aid Kit

Purchasing a ready made dog first aid kit is one way. Another way is to have the following on hand. You could make all the difference in a life threatening situation, be prepared.

What your kit should include:

  • plastic tool or tackle box to store contents
  • saline solution (to wash cuts )
  • karo syrup or glucose(for hypoglycemia)
  • bandage scissors
  • sterile gauze pads
  • alcohol prep pads for instruments
  • cold pack (break and use)
  • heat pack (break and use)
  • vetwrap flexible non-adhesive bandage
  • provodine-iodine ointment
  • magnifying glass
  • gloves
  • opticlear eye wash
  • iodine prep (betadine) solution
  • emergency blanket (silver metallic)
  • 2″ brown gauze rolls
  • triple antibiotic ointment (Polysporin)
  • tweezers or hemostat
  • first aid booklet
  • splint (paint stir sticks or shims work well)
  • 2″ elasticon tape bandaging
  • 1″ standard porous tape bandaging
  • Peroxide (to induce vomiting)
  • Benedryl (1/2 -1 mg per pound of body weight for allergic
  • aloe vera gel (burns)
  • pack of gauze 4X4s
  • Ascriptin or other enteric coated aspirin

A Dog First Aid Kit Is The First Step

 A dog first aid kit for your dog is only the first step.  Another is to learn how to care for your dog in case of an emergency.  Many local organizations offer dog first aid and dog CPR courses.  Hopefully, you will never have to use what you learn.  If you do, you’ll be possibly saving the life of your pet.

Your dog may be carrying his tail a bit different . It is called limber tail. It is always a good idea to check with your vet  in case there is something else wrong.

About The Author

This article was written by Laura Anderson, a veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the veterinary field. The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice.

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.

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