Create a First Aid Kit that Could Save Your Dogs Life

How to Make a First Aid Kit for Your Dog

Take some time out and create your own doggy first aid kit. If they could thank you, they would.

Chances are, your family knows exactly which cabinet to turn to at the sight of a runny nose, a splinter, blood, or tummy ache. But when your dog is in need of more than a scratch behind the ears, are you ready? Proper preparation is the best tool to arm yourself with in case of a pet emergency. A pet first aid kit is a smart, personalized, easily created resource that will prepare you to think quickly and logically.

Below, the Animal Medical Center in New York shares what should be readily available now to aid in quick thinking for the future.

Dog First Aid Kit

It’s a good idea to put everything related to your pet’s health issues in one, easily accessible bag. A clear, plastic tote is a smart option; you can place emergency numbers on the inside facing out for quick retrieval, and the flexible bag makes storage easier than a rigid box.

Reaching Out – When the First Aid Kit Needs Backup

The most vital emergencies are the ones where you’ll need outside assistance. Make sure that essential emergency numbers are the easiest to find. If you don’t already have an emergency card number, write the following on an index card:

The Prep Work

You may be able to lessen the impact of an emergency by simply being well prepared. Start by buying a book on dogs… the knowledge you’ll gain from this information may help when you really need it.

First, pay special attention to the list of substances commonly found in your home which are toxic to your pet. Keeping a “thumbs down” list handy will allow swift action in case of accidental ingestion.

Secondly, travelers should make a copy of their pet’s medical records that stay with the animal at all times, in case the vet or sitter isn’t as familiar with your pet as your family. Additionally, a blanket or large towel can be a lifesaver for a cold pet, a transporter for a large dog, or a bandage for an injured or bleeding leg.

Lastly, make sure you have leashes available by each door so that you can control your dog if needed or an emergency arises.

Dr. Mom for Dogs

Many minor injuries can be self-treated with proper knowledge and equipment. These supplies can be used to help in a pinch until you can get to a veterinarian. For example, if your dog has a laceration, a temporary bandage can help control bleeding until you get to your vet.


Remember, proper immediate first-aid is only the first step in the treatment of a dog injury or emergency. While your intervention may prevent serious harm, you must always seek veterinary care as soon as possible to assure the best outcome for your companion.

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