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What to Include In Your Dog's First Aid Kit

What to Include In Your Dog's First Aid Kit

Dressing and Bandages

  • Adhesive tape (1-inch roll)
  • Gauze pads (3 or 4-inch squares)
  • Gauze rolls (2-inch for small dogs, 3-inch for big dogs)
  • Triangular bandages


  • Digital thermometer (check the battery twice a year)
  • Scissors (with blunt end)
  • Tweezers
  • Syringe (12cc with needle removed)

Ointments, Disinfectants and Medication

  • Antihistamine (Benadryl, ideally the gel caps)
  • Antibiotic (triple), for example Neosporin
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • Petroleum jelly (for thermometer)
  • Chemical ice pack


  • Small flashlight
  • Q-tips
  • Muzzle
  • Extra leash and collar
  • Ziploc bags for samples of vomit, etc.
  • Gloves (Latex or Nitrile)
  • Towel or blanket (large enough to transport your dog. You can now get compact emergency transport blankets that fit in a fanny pack)
  • Timely first aid saves lives—for pets as well as humans. To take a Pet First Aid class, check with your local humane society or animal shelter, or visit www.pettech.net or www.redcross.org

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