Dog First Aid Kit: What to Have on Hand

Whenever you head out for a hike, or load up for a road trip, it’s important to have a first aid kit on hand, right? The same goes for your dog. Our canine companions are always up for a great time, and it’s up to us to see that it’s a safe time too. To make sure you’re ready for any mishap that may happen during an adventure with your four-legged friend, always take a well-stocked dog first aid kit along with you.

What to Bring
When putting together your kit, think about possible scenarios and include materials you’ll need in the case of each. For example, on a hike, your dog may cut himself, get a bee sting, or suffer a sprain. More urgently, he may ingest something toxic along the trail. With all of these in mind, your first aid kit should include:
  • A muzzle or something that can act as one, like a long piece of cloth or flat leash
  • A selection of gauze pads and rolls in varying sizes
  • Sterile adhesive tape and blunt-end scissors
  • Tweezers and a tick removal tool
  • Plastic bags (for clean up or samples, stingers, ticks etc)
  • Several antiseptic wipes and antibiotic ointment
  • Triangular bandages
  • Saline wound and eye wash, eye dropper or syringe with needle removed
  • Instant cold compress
  • Thermometer (check batteries twice a year)
  • Flashlight
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting if needed)
  • Vinegar or Baking Soda for minor burns or jellyfish stings
  • Antihistamine, preferably gel caps with a safety pin to puncture them. To find out your dog’s recommended dosage, consult your veterinarian.
  • A towel or blanket large enough to transport your pet

More Safety Tips
In addition to your first aid kit, there are several items that are also helpful to have on hand when you’re headed out and about for an adventure with your dog. Examples of useful safety products include:
  • An LED lighted leash and/or collar to make your dog more visible during those outings that are just too fun to end when the sun goes down
  • A night light that attaches to his collar so he is more easily seen by cars, other hikers, or fellow campers
  • A car safety harness to keep your dog securely buckled during your best buddy road trips
  • One or two liter bottles of water and a travel bowl

Once your safety checklist is complete, the only thing left for you to do is to pack up, head out, and enjoy some quality time with your canine companion.

Sources: CC Pet Shop - Adventure Dog Series, Me & My Dog Medical Kit; Pet Tech Pet Saver course book.