Components of a Complete Dog First Aid Kit

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If someone asked you why you kept a first aid kit, your answer would probably be, “So that I can help myself or someone else in distress.” A dog’s first aid kit isn’t much different. Whether you own a dog or not, you should always have one nearby in case you run into a stray or abandoned pet.

Here are the best dog care items to have in a kit.

Wound Cleaning

Hydrogen peroxide has many uses, but you should only keep it for cleaning wounds. Also, keep an antibiotic ointment for minor scratches because a dog is more likely to get infected.

Wound dressing would involve gauze, scissors, and rubber gloves. Throw in a tape because tying it up might put pressure on the injury.

Wet Wipes

If you love thy dog and thy leather seats, you have to have wet wipes both inside and outside a kit. They work great after a roll in a muddy or grassy patch, and could also be used to get a closer look at a paw injury.

Also, towel up your backseat in case you’re going on long rides to avoid ruining them if your pet ends up dropping a treat.

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If you own a dog, you’re probably all stocked up on treats, so this is for those who don’t.

Always keep a spare, non-plastic bottle of water when you’re not near a tap. As for treats, they’re great for distracting them while you treat their injury and rewarding after the fact for being such a good doggo through it all.

Dog Medication

Dog trainers highly recommend dog parents keep prescribed and non-prescribed medicines in their kit. By doing this, you’ll always have spare medication if you forget to bring it with you.

However, it’s important to have their vet’s input. Ask them what your pet might need other than the meds they already take. This could include drugs for flea and ticks, meds for digestion issues, and sedatives for wound treatment.

Extra Everything

You may think you have enough biodegradable bags to take care of your dog’s business, but they can always come down with something. A stomach problem might mean you’ll go through poop bags faster than normal, and where will that leave you? A stinky car, a sick pet, and maybe even a fine.

So, keep more than enough on hand, along with a spare leash and harness in case the old one’s fraying.


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