DIY Doggie First-Aid Kit

From wasp bites, to heat exhaustion, to injuries – it’s never something we want to happen, but it’s something we as dog owners need to be prepared for. Packing a first-aid kit with items tailored to your dog is hopefully something you’ll never need to use, but is definitely a good idea to have – especially items we don’t typically carry in our own first-aid kits. Below is a list of contents I like to pack for adventures with my dogs: 

Kit Contents:

  • Sterile rubber gloves
  • Round-ended scissors
  • Non-adhesive sterile pads
  • Gauze
  • Wraps
  • Tongue depressor sticks
  • Cornstarch or styptic powder (helps stop bleeding)
  • Fine tip tweezers
  • Tick remover (I always pack natural repellent as well; check our post Homemade Tick Repellent)
  • Medication (If your dog takes any on a regular basis)
  • Emergency blanket (to keep them warm if injured)
  • Treats (This is most likely an uncomfortable and scary time for your furry friend! Rewarding them while you manage and assist their situation will help keep them comfortable and calm!
  • Benadryl: For bites and other allergies.  (My vet told me that the rule of thumb is 1mg:1lbs body weight but please advise with your vet for proper dosage for your dog!)
  • Buffered Aspirin: For pain and inflammation. (Over the counter/human aspirin is said to be okay for dogs but dosage amounts vary greatly and can be fatal if overdosed: again, advise with your vet for proper dosage)
  • Syringe & 3% hydrogen peroxide: induces vomiting. (Meant for serious emergency situations that require the stomach to be emptied only). I recommend packing the correct dosage of peroxide in a small container. 
  • Pocket sized first-aid book or guide for dogs
  • Copy of medical records (mostly useful for travel as some places require documentation for entry, but also good to have to review medical history in an emergency situation)

Tips: Write down the proper dosage, frequency and expiration of medications, benadryl, aspirin and hydrogen peroxide either on the containers themselves or on a cheat sheet to keep in the kit. This not only prevents uncertainty if you use them, but makes them easy to replace. 

In case you’re interested in learning more about first-aid for your dog, Walks N’ Wags offers courses, kits, and guides, including courses specifically designed for the outdoors. 

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