In addition to putting together a doggy first aid kit, if your pooch does happen to get injured and needs emergency assistance, store emergency vet phone numbers on your phone too. Depending where you are located, you will need to have a new list of phone numbers, so don't forget to update your list as you travel.
Dogster has more on these essential items to include in your first aid kit as well.
Below are some great items to have in your first aid kit that can prove to be valuable, especially if you have to make a trip to an emergency vet.
There are plenty of pre-stocked first-aid supply kits available in stores, some of which have over 20 items, and others with upward of 50. A homemade first-aid kit for your dog can be just as useful.
Basic items for general use:
1. Scissors: You may need to remove excess fur to clean a wound, and certainly to trim a roll of gauze after dressing a wound.
2. Tweezers: For splinters, bee or wasp stings, or to remove a freshly attached tick, tweezers can also serve a variety of purposes in a tough situation.
3. Turkey baster or eyedropper: You should certainly have an instrument for precisely administering liquid relief to your dog.
4. Rectal thermometer and petroleum jelly: A rectal thermometer designed for use in dogs, along with a lubricant for proper application.
5. Flashlight or penlight:
Having a source of light can be critical to determining the nature of the problem.
For treating wounds:
6. Latex gloves: The last thing you need is to get your hands covered in bodily fluids while you’re trying to provide emergency triage.
7. Hydrogen peroxide: Some sites list hydrogen peroxide for dog first-aid kits as a way to induce vomiting under a vet’s explicit direction.
8. Antibiotic ointment / antibacterial wipes: Single-use antiseptic or antibacterial wipes will serve the same purpose.
For dressing wounds:
9. Cotton balls
11. Medical adhesive tape
12. Muzzle: Wounded or otherwise inconvenienced dogs may lash out, even against their beloved owners.
13. Leash: A spare leash can help you lead your dog to a place of safety so she can receive first aid.
14. Towels: As above, a major wound may be too severe for cotton balls to adequately address.
15. Blanket: A blanket can provide swaddling for a frightened dog.
Optional, but useful:
16. Pet carrier: A pet crate appropriate to her size may help you get to the veterinarian more easily and avoid her panicking en route.
What is in your dog’s DIY first-aid kit?
Many sources I consulted note that you should keep a pet first-aid book handy as well.
Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time.
Do you know where the closest 24-hour animal hospitals are in your area?