first aid kitOver the years, I have put together a first aid kit based on what I have seen in others and what I have used myself. This content list will give you a place to start and hopefully give you some ideas for your own canine first aid kit. Always check with your veterinarian before administering any medications AND if you have questions about how to help your dog when you are out and about ask before you leave for your trip!

  • Several 4X4 Sterile gauze pads or rolls.
  • Blunt-end scissors.
  • Small Kelly Forceps.
  • Tweezers.
  • Nail Clippers (I prefer the NON Guillotine style).
  • Styptic powder (Quick Stop) with cotton pads and cotton swabs handy as well.
  • Rectal thermometer (Consult veterinarian for proper use) Dog’s normal temp is btn 100.5 – 102.5.
  • Sterile 3-cc syringe (for flushing wounds).
  • Instant cold packs.
  • Bandana.
  • K9 Electrolyte Replacement Supplements for Hydration (I use C9 Hydration and K-9 Aide).
  • 2″ gauze roll for bandage / Ace bandage or Vetwrap 2″ & 4″ wide (self adhering bandage roll).
  • Ear rinse (I use K9 Liquid Health Ear Solution).
  • Eye wash (Sterile eye drops work well too).
  • Non-cortisone based antibiotic eye ointment.
  • Non – Pain relieving Antibiotic ointment like Neosporin or bacitracin.
  • Charcoal tablets.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting – ALWAYS consult your veterinarian first!!).
  • Betadine (diluted).
  • Benadryl (ALWAYS consult your veterinarian first!).
  • Epsom salts.
  • Sam splint.
  • Doggie aspirin (ALWAYS consult your veterinarian first! Never give your dog Tylenol or ibuprofen).
  • All natural flea and tick spray (I like the one made by Pet Naturals).
  • Poop bags, a collapsible drinking bowl or water bottle and a loud whistle!