Dogs, like people, can become injured in emergencies and contract illnesses that need to be treated: You should always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any first aid, but having some basic supplies on hand can save you a trip for minor problems.
Commercial Vs. Homemade Kits
There are several commercially made pet first aid kits on the market; the advantage to these is that you don’t have to spend time searching for individual items and everything comes together in a nice-looking container. One of the problems is that these kits are often generic for all pets -- The least expensive (not surprisingly) contain the fewest supplies and may not have what you need in an emergency. If you choose to put together your own kit you can create one specific to your dog’s needs and include as many supplies as you like. The list below contains suggestions: Many of the supplies you may already have on hand; humans and other pets can use most items as well.
Assembling Your Dog First Aid Kit
Plastic or thermal lunch boxes, new or used, make good and inexpensive containers for first aid kits. For added protection, store first aid products in sealable plastic bags inside the box: Keep a dog first aid book near the kit.
At the same time you are putting your kit together, place these important numbers next to your phone:
When you call, be prepared to provide the following information about your dog:
- The condition and/or symptoms your dog is experiencing
First Aid Kit Contents For Dogs
Additional Items To Consider Or Keep Nearby
Your dog’s first aid kit should be kept in a cool, dry place where you have easy access to it, such as an interior closet -- Many people keep medications and first aid supplies (even for humans) in bathrooms, but because of moisture from baths and showers this is not an ideal location.
Normal Values For A Dog: