Your curious pup is likely to get into all kinds of trouble, letting his nose guide him as he explores from one place to the next. He may try to eat some delicious looking berries that end up being poisonous. He may find himself face to face with a raccoon. He may step on a piece of glass or other debris and cut his paw.

There are a wide number of scenarios that could lead to your dog becoming injured, perhaps even seriously. It is important to have a first-aid kit on hand for your dog, both to provide basic first aid for minor wounds and to provide first-line medical treatment in order to buy him more time during an emergency.

Here’s a list of items to include in a first aid or medical kid for your dog:

  • Cotton balls
  • Gauze in a variety of sizes and thicknesses
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Medical tape
  • Peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Benadryl
  • Aspirin
  • Mineral oil
  • Clotting agent to stop bleeding
  • A splint
  • Eye wash
  • Ear wash
  • Thermometer
  • Latex gloves
  • Leash and muzzle
  • Blanket
  • Extra towels and wash cloth
  • Heat packs and ice packs
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Veterinary information and emergency numbers

This kit should be kept in a waterproof box and stored somewhere that will be easily accessible. It should be kept in a common room in your home where you can grab what you need from it quickly. If you leave home often with your dog, you should also keep a kit in your car.

It is worth looking into taking a first aid course for pets. You can learn how to administer basic medical care in an emergency and the right steps to take to get help. You will learn what to do in common scenarios such as poisoning, animal attacks and injured limbs. By knowing how to act quickly and appropriately, you can increase your dog’s chances of a swift and complete recovery.

Also make sure that your pet is microchipped and always wears a collar with his name and contact information on it. If he has wandered away from home and becomes injured, he will be more likely to be given medical care if others know that is a kept dog and not a stray. Having this information available will also make it easier for others to contact you in the event of an emergency so that you can be present and make the right health care choices for your pet.

What do you have in your first aid or medical kit for your dog? Share your “must haves” and how they have helped you in the comments!

About the Author:

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance blog and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching the culinary arts degree offered at culinary schools in United States. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.