Travel First-Aid Kit for Your Dog

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As you head out for your vacation this summer, having a first aid kit already prepared makes sense – for both you and your dog. If unexpected illness or injury occurs, you’ll be able to administer immediate help. But before heading out, check to make sure all items are up-to-date and present. A small plastic zippered makeup or toiletries case works well to hold all the necessary equipment.

On the outside of the container, write your name, address and telephone number in case you misplace your kit during your travels. Also include the telephone numbers of your veterinarian and the National Animal Poison Control Center.

In addition to first aid items, it would be a good idea to include a photo of your pet as well as name, age, breed, sex and any health problems. This can help if your pet is lost or if someone unfamiliar with your pet is needed to help care for him.

A well-stocked travel first aid kit for dogs includes:

  • Cotton balls, gauze pads, roll gauze (2-inch width) and gauze tape
  • Material to make a splint, such as wood, newspaper or sticks
  • Adhesive tape, hypo-allergenic
  • Silver nitrate
  • Hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent solution (check the expiration date)
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Small scissors
  • Muzzle (make sure it fits your pet)
  • Grooming clippers, tweezers or a safety razor
  • Pediatric rectal thermometer (may be digital)
  • Exam gloves
  • Nylon leash, at least one
  • Rolls of elastic wrap
  • Emergency ice pack
  • Diphenhydramine, appropriate dosage for your dog
  • Special items for your pet’s special conditions
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