What’s In Your Dog’s First Aid Kit?

The current pandemic has reminded us all about the importance of being prepared for an emergency. Preparation is key, because when the emergency hits, you may not have the time or opportunity to gather the supplies you need. The situation is the same with your dog – preparing yourself now can help you avoid disaster, or at least unnecessary pain and hassle, later.

The good news is that much of what you have on-hand to take care of human injuries will work just as well for your dog. This list is especially important if you are traveling with your dog and don’t have access to your home supplies. Here is what you should have in your dog first aid kit, according to the American Kennel Club.

  • The current pandemic has reminded us all about the importance of being prepared for an emergency. Preparation is key, because when the emergency hits, you may not have the time or opportunity to gather the supplies you need. The situation is the same with your dog – preparing yourself now can help you avoid disaster, or at least unnecessary pain and hassle, later.The good news is that much of what you have on-hand to take care of human injuries will work just as well for your dog. This list is especially important if you are traveling with your dog and don’t have access to your home supplies. Here is what you should have in your dog first aid kit, according to the American Kennel Club.
    1. Gauze, to dress your dog’s wounds.
    2. Non-stick bandages, to help your dog’s wounds heal without sticking to his or her fur.
    3. Self-adherent medical tape can reduce swelling and ease pain.
    4. Cotton balls, to clean cuts and wounds.
    5. Hydrogen peroxide, to help prevent infection.
    6. Antibiotic spray, to treat cuts, sores, rashes, allergies and more.
    7. Milk of Magnesia, which can help counteract poison.
    8. Digital thermometer, to check for fever.
    9. Pillbox, to help organize medications.
    10. Scissors, to cut bandages and gauze.
    11. Tweezers, to pick ticks or splinters from your dog.
    12. Magnifying glass and flashlight, to help you see splinters, ticks or small wounds.
    13. Syringes, to flush wounds or deliver medication.
    14. Towel, to provide some protection in inclement weather.
    15. Soft muzzle, in case your dog becomes frantic after an injury.
    16. Leash and collar to use as spares in case they are lost in an emergency.
    17. Portable dog bowls that can hold a week’s worth of food, in case an emergency leaves you unable to get more immediately.

The dog care experts at Wagglebottoms are happy to help you put together your kit or address any specific issues your dog may have. Stay prepared, and stay safe!