April is National Pet First Aid Month (but anytime is the right time to be prepared). 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)
Helping and healing
You can purchase a ready-made pet first aid kit if you prefer. Here are the items that should be in it.
- Vet wrap
- Blunt-end scissors
- Activated charcoal for accidental poisoning (contact the ASPCA Poison Control hotline(888) 426-4435 or your regular or emergency vet 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
- Vetericyn for ouch-free wound cleaning and help with skin irritations.
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.
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