While many of our readers already have an emergency disaster kit for themselves packed and ready to go, quite a few of them don’t yet have an emergency kit in place for their pets. This post is specifically aimed for those with dogs but if you have other pets too, you should be able to easily put an emergency kit together for them also.
It is always a smart and safe idea to be prepared well in advance of any disaster or emergency happening. The list below will show you the 11 items that your dog’s first aid kit should include.
How you choose to store these items will be down to personal preference. You might decide to use a simple bag, bin, container or even a specially designed pet rucksack although the latter will need to be used plenty in advance so that your dog gets comfortable wearing it.
Gathering these supplies is important as following a disaster, you may not be able to get your dog veterinary treatment if it gets hurt.
- 1 1. Vaccination & Medical Records And Emergency Phone Numbers
- 2 2. Hydrogen Peroxide
- 3 3. Antibiotic Ointment
- 4 4. Gauze, Bandages, Scissors, Tape, Rubber Gloves
- 5 5. A Towel Or Blanket
- 6 6. Collapsible Travel Food and Water Bowls
- 7 7. Water And Small Packages of Food or Treats
- 8 8. Medications
- 9 9. A Creature Comfort
- 10 10. Extra Leash, Collar, And Poop Bags
- 11 11. A Guide Book For Pet First Aid
1. Vaccination & Medical Records And Emergency Phone Numbers
If you are away from home and your dog becomes injured or sick, you are going to need all of its information in one place when seeking medical attention. If possible, a professional veterinarian should always be your first port of call and they will be able to provide better, safer care if they know your dog’s medical history.
Keep a hard copy of your emergency phone numbers because if the power is out and you can’t charge your phone, you will still need access to these numbers.
Contact information for your vet, an after-hours emergency clinic, and animal poison control are three good ones to start with.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide has multiple uses but should be included in your dog’s first aid kit for cleaning minor wounds and if needed, such as your dog ingesting something toxic, you may have to induce vomiting. Learn how to use it properly before you ever need to use it in a real crisis.
3. Antibiotic Ointment
Antibiotic ointment can be used to help prevent infection, relieve pain, and protect against bacteria and germs if your dog gets a small cut or a scratch. Remember, even the smallest of cuts can cause major issues if they become infected.
4. Gauze, Bandages, Scissors, Tape, Rubber Gloves
You will need to have a selection of bandages and gauze in your dog’s first aid kit which will allow you to control bleeding and cover any wounds until they can be examined properly. When applying, try not to place any adhesives directly onto your dog’s fur, as they can be difficult and uncomfortable to remove.
Gauze can also be used to act as a temporary brace for suspected fractures, and can even be used as a makeshift muzzle in a hurry. Rubber gloves are essential to any medical emergency. Always wear protective gloves when you are dealing with blood or bodily fluids. They will keep both you and your pet safe by providing a protective barrier to prevent the spread of germs.
5. A Towel Or Blanket
A soft blanket can be wrapped around your pet to help keep them calm when they are injured. Microfiber is ultra absorbent and can help in sticky situations.
6. Collapsible Travel Food and Water Bowls
You should have at least one collapsible bowl with you, or something clean to give your dog water. Like it is for humans, water is vitally important for your pet. Silicone bowls would be the best option as they won’t break like plastic or start to leach into your dog’s food and water.
7. Water And Small Packages of Food or Treats
Always keep a bottle of water for your dog in case you don’t have access to your normal supply, and keep an emergency stash of food for use in an emergency situation. Or you can just reward them for their bravery with a couple of treats.
Talk to your vet about keeping a backup supply of any prescribed or useful medications in your first-aid kit. This includes over-the-counter medications such as flea/tick meds, antacids or drugs for stomach issues, and any approved sedatives for traveling.
9. A Creature Comfort
An emergency situation can put your dog under a lot of stress so it is a good idea to include a creature comfort to help soothe them. This could be a favorite toy or blanket. The sight and smells of a beloved object can help settle them down, soothe, and comfort in particularly trying situations.
10. Extra Leash, Collar, And Poop Bags
It’s always a good idea to have an extra collar and leash stored away. I’ve seen dogs snap leashes in accidents, and they are very useful if you happen upon a lost or stray animal and want to get them to the local vet or nearest town.
11. A Guide Book For Pet First Aid
Do you know how to administer CPR to a small dog? Maybe it’s time to brush up on your skills. The Safe Dog Handbook or Dog First Aid are a great starting point. You should keep these handy for quick reference, as well. A high-quality pet first aid book will help guide you through the basics of pet first aid.
What would you include in your dog’s first aid kit? Are there any essentials we missed? Let us know in the comments below!