Saturday, November 29, 2014

Canine first aid kit

Well, since we now have a dog and it is going with me/us into the woods, one of the first things I am thinking about is a first aid kit for a dog.
I found one on, which makes sense, but I'd like for experienced dog owners to chime in here!

Furry Friend First Aid Kit

1. A dog first aid book. We like The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats 
(Amy D. Shojai, Rodale, 2001). 
It’s a little hefty but it covers everything from allergic reactions to removing wax from fur.
2. Latex gloves
3. Emergency contact numbers. The digits for your vet, the closest animal emergency hospital, and
 the poison control hotline.
4. Tweezers (flat slant tip) and Scissors (dull ended). Avoid pointed ends lest you do more damage than good.
5. Special tweezers for tick removal. These are designed to remove the imbedded head, which, if 
left in, can lead to infection. We like the Tick Key
6. Cotton balls
7. Gauze Pads, Squares and Roll. For wounds—sticky bandages don’t work so well on fur. 
Try  PawFlex bandages, they’re especially made for dogs and won’t stick to fur.
8. Disinfectant, such as Hibitane.
9. Wound spray: Try Vetericyn - simply spray it on to help clean and heal hot spots, bites, scratches,
 cuts, burns, ulcerated skin and more. Steroid and antibiotic-free. (
10. Saline solution. Can be used to clean wounds or flush sand out of eyes. Contact solution will 
work in a pinch.
11. Antihistamine. May be used to calm itchiness, swelling, and hives caused by bee stings or insect 
bites but, as with any medication, please consult a vet first as dosage will vary depending on your 
pup’s size.
12. Hydrogen Peroxide. While this is not recommended to clean wounds, it can be used to induce 
vomiting in case of accidental ingestion. Check with your vet before administering; in some 
circumstances vomiting may not be encouraged.
13. Bulb Syringe or Small Turkey Baster. Use to flush wounds or eyes or for administering 
14. Antibacterial Wipes or skin soap. We like Pet E Pure Sanitizing Wipes
15. Skin & Paw Cream. Aroma Paws Paw Conditioning Treatment is made with luxurious, human 
grade ingredients. We also like Natural Dog Company's Snout Soother for dry or chapped noses.
16. Rectal Thermometer. A dog’s average temperature is 38°C or 101°F.
17. Petroleum Jelly. For use with the above. Just trying to be considerate.
18. A muzzle fitted for your own dog, and a triangular bandage to use as a spare. Check 
out ProGuard Pets' muzzles they come in an assortment of sizes and colours.
19. A couple of packets of sugar, for diabetic emergencies
20. A little container of flour or corn starch, to stop bleeding of nails that have been broken or 
cut to the quick
21. Bach’s Rescue Remedy, provides natural stress relief and works wonders for dogs that have 
been through a traumatic situation.
It’s also useful to have an old blanket and some towels with you when traveling, as well as a second 
leash, some extra dog food (and of course, water), a flashlight, and matches. 
Safe travels!

This is the book mentioned. If anyone knows more about it, I'd like to hear!


  1. Thanks for mentioning my book--may you NEVER need it! *s* I interviewed over 70 emergency veterinarian specialists, so it covers everything from snake bite and gunshot wounds to splinters. *s*

  2. It gets even worse, Amy.... I bought it!
    Thanks for dropping in!

  3. I see you listed rectal thermometer. No dog has the same normal-temperature. So be sure you know what temperature he is when he is well.
    Dogs normal temperature can vary with 2-3 degrees even within he same breed.

    I would also be very carefull with number 11.