Just like people, dogs can get cuts, scrapes, pain, bug bites, or any other problems that require attention. We need bandages, antibiotics, rubbing alcohol, etc., but what are the must-have items that should be inside your doggy first aid kit? We gathered some essential items for you, let’s take a look!
10 Essential Items For Your Doggy First Aid Kit
1)Manual For First Aid in Dogs
There is a lot of pocket-sized first aid manuals for humans, dogs, cats, and more.
If your dog gets more than a scratch, you will be able to help him! Many people know how to apply a bandage or a gauze, but some other emergencies might be harder to resolve. The first aid manual for dogs might be the solution. You might never have to use it (we are aiming for that), but if you do, you will be ready.
2)Antibiotic Ointment or Hydrogen Peroxide
When going for walks, especially in the wilderness, it’s advisable to bring some antibiotic ointment, for you and your pup. This can be used to disinfect minor wounds and scratches, relieve pain, and prevent the injury from getting infected. For home use, hydrogen peroxide can also be used to clean wounds and scratches.
3) Basic Medication
You might want to have some basic medication always at hand. Talk to your veterinarian for over-the-counter medicines. These medicines may include mild sedatives (when traveling), pills to prevent vomiting in the car, flea and thick ampules, natural anti-stress medication, mild laxatives, etc.
Medicines are especially useful when traveling with your best friend, and the vet might not be accessible at every corner.
Tweezers are a must for every first aid kit (human or dog). With tweezers, you can remove splinters, ticks, or any other foreign bodies.
5) Gauze, Medical Tape + Small Scissors, Rubber Gloves
Gauze is something that can help you and your dog, in case you have to stop bleeding, temporary support fractured bones, etc. Tape and scissors can be used to cut and adjust the gauze to the required position.
6) Medical Charcoal or Milk of Magnesia
You can use either of these in case of poisoning (if your dog eats bad food, rat poison, or any other unwanted toxin).
7) Warm Blanket, Toys, Stuffed Animals
In stressful situations, your dog can benefit from a warm blanket or his favorite toy/stuffed animal. These items can give much-needed comfort and help to relieve stress.
8) Passport/ID, Vaccination papers, Veterinarian Phone Number
Essential documents about your dog’s vaccinations, his ID/passport, and important contacts, should always be at hand. This information is crucial for you or any of the caretakers that will doggy sit or walk your dog when you are not home.
9) Folding/Collapsible Bowls
Imagine trying to serve your dog water and food without a plastic container. Sometimes we can find substitutes, but other times collapsible water and food bowls can be a solution. Not taking much space, you can take them with you anywhere, ensuring your dog will be well hydrated and fed.
10) Soft Muzzle
When your dog is hurting or being in very stressful situations, there is a higher chance that he might bite. For occasions like that, a soft muzzle can be perfect for added protection.
How To Pack Your Kit
The best would be to pack all the smaller items (pills, tweezers, gauze, scissors, antibiotics, charcoal, small toys, etc.) in a first aid bag. You will carry your doggy first aid kit exclusively for your dog. The blanket, bigger toys, snacks, water, soft muzzle, and other vital items, should be brought to every trip, or a more significant “expedition” with your best friend. We hope this will help you prepare a useful first-aid kit for your doggy.