What to pack in a first aid kit for your dog

April 01, 2016 2 min read 0 Comments

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Kendall Abbott author of What to pack in a first aid kit for your dog

Disasters happen. It's an unavoidable reality. Preparation for the inevitable can help minimize negative results. Canine family members are often left the most vulnerable when disaster hits.

How can you plan for your pet's safety and ensure your treasured canine counterpart gets the help they need when trouble arises? For any disaster first aid kits are a must. First aid kits can easily be modified to hold vital pet supplies offering a recourse if your pets suffer injury and need immediate attention. Below is a list of pet supplies that will make taking care of your pet in an emergency situation a bit more manageable:

Doggy-Do First Aid List

  • Prepare written directions to the nearest emergency animal clinic and poison control center along with contact information.
  • Include a first-aid pet pamphlet.
  • Muzzle or strips of cloth should be added to restrain pets from biting.
  • Tightly seal in a waterproof bag vaccination records, an up-to-date picture id of your pet, and prints of medical records.
  • Add in a nylon leash to keep your pet close
  • Self-adhering bandages inside the kit ensures your pet's fur does not get pulled if when wrapped.
  • Guaze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Rectal thermometer & petroleum jelly for lubrication
  • Antiseptic Wipes, lotion or spray
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton balls
  • Scissors (blunt ends)

Plan of Attack

If your pet is injured, first aid kits with absorbent gauze stave off dangerous blood flow. An emergency blanket comes in handy if your animal starts going into shock, swaddling them can help them calm down and relax.

The key to taking care of your pet when things become out of control is to consider your pet's needs when creating your own disaster plan. Know your options. Keep a portable pet carrier close by and a small stockpile of dog food and water at the ready.

When it comes to disasters, you and your pet shouldn't have to suffer. Pack and prepare for anything, your pup will be grateful!

Meet The Author 

Kendall Abbott

Kendall Abbott obtained her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Kansas, she then went on to pursue her education and love for animals by attending the Animal Behavior College. Kendall began her professional career as an animal care technician for the Kansas Humane Society. After finishing school Kendall followed her passion for dog training and took a position with Beyond The Dog. After 5 years she then left to focus on being a freelance dog trainer.