We hope you will never need it, but it is a good idea to know about dog first aid and keep some handy supplies on hand.  Dog emergencies can pop up at any time (usually on a weekend in the middle of the night…good grief!) Whether you make one or buy one, we will share the must-have items dog lovers need for your first aid kit.

First Aid Rules

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Your fur kid is hurt.  Your heart is breaking.  What do you do now?  Essentially the most important rule is to keep calm.  Your dog will immediately sense your stress level and panic.  When your dog is hurt, you may feel the urge to cradle him tightly. However, the best way to comfort an injured dog is to handle them as little as possible.  Sit calmly next to your pet and avoid stimulating interactions, such as hugging, that may make him uncomfortable. Speak to your dog in a soothing and peaceful voice. If you have a 2nd person nearby, have them call the emergency vet and then grab your first aid kit.

Dog First Aid Guide

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So your dog has an emergency and it’s up to you to manage the situation and help them.  What do you do?  Well having a pet first aid guide is essential for assessing the situation and the level of injury.  These guides will help you make the right decisions in an emergency.  Check out these pet parent first aid handbooks.

The First Aid Essentials

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Before you start compiling your essentials for the first aid kit, grab a piece of paper and write down your veterinarian phone number, a 24 hr. emergency vet and the phone number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.  You will want to have these written down and kept in the kit, so you can contact them immediately.  For supplies, the experts recommend:

  • Copy of vaccination records
  • Gauze
  • Non-stick bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Antibiotic spray/ointment
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Styptic powder
  • Digital thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Magnifying glass
  • Plastic syringes
  • Towel
  • Disposable gloves
  • Breathable muzzle

The Extras

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Headed up the mountain or deep into the woods?  Make sure you bring your regular first aid kit as well as these additional items:

  • Tick remover
  • Waterproof emergency blankets
  • Headlamp
  • Benadryl
  • Pup wax
  • Superglue
  • Extra leash/rope/carabiner
  • Dog sling/bag/carrier

Get ‘Em Here

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Whether you are building your own kit or purchasing a ready-made kit, dog parents should always be prepared for an emergency.  Perhaps keep a kit in your car and at home, so you are ready if disaster strikes.