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Dog First-Aid Kit

A canine first-aid kit should be among the supplies you acquire when you adopt your dog, and should accompany him on his travels away from home. Distinct from a human first-aid kit, it should include the following:

  • Dog first-aid instruction manual (in case you don’t have internet access)
  • Important phone numbers:
    • Your vet’s phone number
    • The number for the nearest emergency vet clinic
    • The ASPCA poison-control center: 1-800-426-4435
  • Your dog’s vaccination records and any other pertinent medical records (medications, etc.) and current photo
  • Self-cling bandage (specialty stretch bandage that won’t stick to your dog’s fur)
  • And standard human first-aid kit items:
    • Absorbent and sterile non-stick gauze pads and gauze rolls
    • Adhesive tape
    • Antiseptic wipes or spray
    • Foil emergency blanket
    • Cotton balls or swabs
    • Hydrogen peroxide (only to use as directed by pet health professional)
    • Benadryl (ditto)
    • Ice pack
    • Non-latex disposable gloves
    • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate thermometer)
    • Rectal thermometer (normal temperature range is 100-103º F)
    • Blunt scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Sterile saline solution

This kit should be checked periodically and expired items replaced.

CAUTION: CPR is a potentially injurious procedure which should never be practiced on a healthy dog. These are general guidelines only—not a substitute for professional training and consultation with your vet.