Just in time for National Pet First Aid Month—April, in case you were wondering—we’re bringing you the essential guide to an awesome first aid kit for your dog. Pro tip: keep one at home and one in the car. That way you’ll be prepared in case of a dog park injury, or if your dog swallows something really weird while out on a walk. Accidents can happen when you least expect them, even in the safety of your own home. While we hope you never need it, a first aid kit will go a long way towards keeping your pooch healthy and safe.
Dog First Aid Kit Checklist
Information is power
- Your vet’s phone number and the number for your closest 24-hour emergency vet
- A first-aid guidebook
- Your pet’s vaccination history
- A recent photo (in case your pet gets lost)
- A leash
- A pet carrier
Helping and healing
- Blunt-end scissors
- Activated charcoal for accidental poisoning (contact Poison Control before administering)
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Ice pack
- Tweezers, and an old credit-card for removing bee stingers
- Cotton balls and swabs
- A penlight or flashlight
- Nail clippers
- Antibiotic ointment
Oh, and TREATS! Anything that motivates your pooch is particularly good, though of course, make sure it’s non-perishable for longest shelf life. (Cheese isn’t going to work here, in other words.)
For more ideas, the American Humane Society has a list of of medicines and first-aid supplies to keep in a safe place. Do you have any other go-to items in your pet’s first aid kit? We’d love to hear your secrets.
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.