Must-Haves for Your Dog’s First Aid Kit

Are you planning a road trip, a long hike, or an adventure with your dog? Make sure to prepare for potential dangers on your adventure by not only packing a human first aid kit, but also packing a doggie first aid kit. Just like their human guardians, pets can easily get hurt when they are out of their normal environment.

Don’t have a doggie first aid kit? No problem! It’s easy to make your own. Get a sturdy bag and follow these simple steps:

1) Clean clothes, Saline Solution, and Antiseptic solution

These three things are very important for wound cleaning and should be used together! Saline solution should be used to initially clean a wound. It helps ease the hair removal process and decreases the spread of contamination. Antiseptic solution should be applied to a wound after it is cleaned and dried carefully with a clean cloth. Make sure to talk with your vet about which type of antiseptic solution may be best for your dog.

2) Bandages

Bandages are a staple in any first aid kit, including our furry friends’! Make sure you get bandages that will not pull on your dogs’ fur and that can be easily wrapped around any part of your dog’s body if injured. We recommend four rolls of non-elastic cotton and elastic cotton gauze (one small and one large of each), some gauze pads (large), and medical tape (for adhering bandages).

3) Topical Antibiotic Cream

Antibiotic cream is good to apply to wounds both big and small to defend against infection. Again, talk to your vet about which type might be best for your dog due to type, size, and any allergies that might occur as a result of the use of antibiotic cream.

4) A disposable razor and scissors

If you have a really furry friend, you may have to shave/cut fur from around a wound before cleaning it. When shaving/cutting around a wound be very cautious not to cut your dog’s skin. Scissors will also come in handy when you have to cut bandages and gauze pads to appropriate sizes for wound care.

5) Styptic Powder

Styptic powder helps stop bleeding fast! If you apply some powder to the area where your dog is bleeding it will aid coagulation, allowing you to slow the bleeding before being able to get your pet to a vet. Styptic powder can be found at most pet stores.

6) A Blanket, extra food and water

Make sure to pack a blanket, extra food, and water in case you get in situation where your dog needs extra fuel and warmth. Keep in mind your dog will participating in a lot more exercise than usual. This means your dog is going to need extra food and water to avoid exhaustion and keep energy levels up.

7) Thundershirt

Does your dog scare easily by loud noises? While on the road or adventuring there could be thunderstorms, fireworks and other loud noises that affect your dog’s anxiety levels. Try a Thundershirt, or speak with your vet about the different medications that are available to help your dog with anxiety.

8) Protective Sprays

Environmental elements don’t only affect humans, they also affect dogs, especially in Canada! Bug spray, sun protection spray, and skunk odour removal are all important sprays to keep handy in your first aid kit. These sprays will save your dog from the torment of bugs, from potentially getting heat stroke and from the awful smell of getting sprayed by a skunk! Talk your vet about the best sprays for your dog.

Do you have any questions about must haves for your dog’s first aid kit? Or about their health? Send them into our Panel of Experts and get them answered!


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  2. How to Build a First Aid Kit for Your Pet, The Spruce
  3. How to Treat Dog Wounds at Home, PetMD
  4. What You Should Have in Your Pet’s First-Aid Kit, The Human Society of the United States

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