Originally compiled by ZenCat,Riggs, Canyon, and pucks mom

It's always a good idea to have a first aid kit onhand for your dog. I carry a basic first aid kit in my car, and I have the same supplies at home in case of emergencies.

Please feel free to add any additional items you've found useful to this basic list:

  • Canine First Aid Guide (please study in advance so you can react confidently in an emergency!)
  • Roll cotton
  • Cotton balls
  • Gauze pads
  • Gauze tape
  • Hydrogen peroxide (check the expiration date)
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Scissors
  • Eyewash
  • Silver nitrate
  • Tweezers
  • Oral syringes
  • Pediolyte ® or other balanced electrolyte fluid
  • Simethicone (i.e. GasX for bloat)
  • Baby food meat flavors work best
  • Large towel
  • Exam gloves
  • 1 inch white tape (in addition to gauze tape)
  • Rolls of elastic wrap
  • Emergency ice pack
  • Thermometer (both oral and rectal thermometers can be used rectally)
  • Benadryl (for bites/stings/allergic reactions. Check with your vet for proper dosage)
  • EMT Gel
  • anti-septic gel/cream for dogs
  • liquid bandage (the one from petsmart has a bitter taste to it)
  • q-tips to apply the cream in small, hard to reach areas (like in between the paw pads)
  • a blanket or towel for the dog's comfort or even to prevent blood from getting all over your car
  • treats to reward the dog for behaving while applying painful anti-septic
  • a gallon of water and a baggy of food
  • Phone numbers for your veterinarian or local emergency clinics (if travelling)