Doggy First Aide: Don't Forget These Crucial Items

5 October 2015
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When your dog has an emergency, it is essential that you get your dog to the vet as quickly as possible. But since this isn't always possible, you need a kit with first aide supplies so you can care for your dog.

A First Aide Container

Your first aide supplies should be placed in a waterproof container. The kit should also be portable, since you should be taking it on the road whenever traveling with your pet.

Phone Numbers

Include the phone number to your veterinarian so you can call for instructions on what to do before you arrive at the veterinarian. Also, include a number to the poison control hotline. If you call poison control, mention the species, symptoms and name of the substance that was consumed. This will help the hotline advise you on the best course of action. Always have milk of magnesia and charcoal. Use these substances as directed by poison control. You can also use hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting, but only if directed by poison control.

A Leash and Muzzle

Put a second leash in the first aide kit because you may need a backup if the regular one breaks. When your dog is injured, he or she is more likely to panic and you will need a leash. You'll also need a muzzle if your dog becomes aggressive.


Your bandages should include square gauze, a roll of gauze and non-stick pads. Use these to control bleeding and to dress wounds. You also need scissors to cut any gauze.


If your dog is frequently in the woods, you will need tweezers for if your dog gets a tick. Pull the tick gently until the tick lets go. Do not pull too hard or you may tear the tick's mouth, leaving the mouth embedded in your dog's skin. Then, you will need to use a needle to remove the tick mouth parts.

Other Necessities

Other forms of equipment you will need include:

  • A blanket
  • A saline solution
  • An eyedropper
  • Latex gloves
  • Cotton balls

A rectal thermometer can check if your dog's temperature is below 103 degrees Fahrenheit. To allow for the thermometer to slide in more easily, use petroleum jelly.

A Dog Collar

Have a dog collar for if your dog continues to lick and bite at his or her wound or try to remove the dressing. The collar will prevent your dog from making the injury worse. While these tools can keep your dog safer, the best thing to do is travel to an emergency veterinarian