First Aid Kit for Active Dogs

From an article originally appearing in The Den Dispatch 

First Aid Items

  • Vet wrap
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Gauze wrap
  • First aid tape
  • Tweezers
  • Hemostat
  • Needle & thread
  • Razor blade (wrapped in paper)
  • Small bottle of Nu Skin liquid bandaid (great for abraded pads)
  • Small pair of blunt ended scissors
  • Benadryl
  • Ascriptin
  • Small bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Small bottle of hydrogen
  • Tube of Betadine or other antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone ointment or topical spray
  • Gentocin topical spray*
  • Ottomax ear ointment*
  • Eye rinse solution (simple non-prescription boric acid)
  • Ace bandage
  • Small baggy of cotton balls
  • Splint
  • Heat source (get one of those instant packs where you break the pouch and a chemical reaction gives off heat)
  • Foil blanket (reflective types, like the ones in car first aid kits)
  • Any special medications for allergies, seizures, etc. that your dog might require

Note: starred item (*) are prescription only from a vet; all other are easily available over-the counter at your local drug store.

List of Dosages of Commonly Used Drugs

  • For quick reference, write down the dose for each of your dogs (if for instance their weight varies enough to change the does they each get)
  • Common drugs could include ascriptin or aspirin, Benadry, Pepto Bismol, Kaeopectate, 3% hydrogen peroxide ( to induce vomiting)
  • Tape the list to the inside top of the first aid kit so it is always handy

Other Good Advice

It’s also a good idea to have in your car(s) a packet containing your name, address and phone number, your vet’s name-address telephone, and the name-
address-telephone of someone to contact to take care of your dogs in an emergency (like if your are injured in a car accident). Also have in this
packet the names and identifying information of each dog, photocopies of their rabies vaccination certificates and records of their last DHLPP
vaccinations. Include specific medical information about each dog….allergies, medical condition, medications the dog needs (when & how much
). Also what heartworm preventative the dog is on and when you give it (daily, 1~ of the month, etc). You can ft all this in an envelope in your
glove compartment. This information could make a world of different to the care your dog receives if you are severely injured or killed in an accident
and someone else has to figure out what to do with your dogs. Make up several of these packets: one of each car; one to keep in your home where
someone could find it easily; one in your show kit or article bag in you’re a dog show person.

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