Dog First Aid Kits: 5 Must-Have Items

When you're putting together a dog first aid kit, the five must-have items should always be included:

  1. Veterinarian contact information. Be sure you have emergency numbers, too. Accidents happen around the clock, and you don't want to reach an answering machine when seconds count.
  2. Bandaging materials: gauze wrap, gauze pads, VetWrap or tape.
  3. Disinfectant and antibiotic ointments such as Betadine and Neosporin.
  4. Medications: Antihistamine such as Benadryl, anti-diarrhea such as Pet-Pectate and buffered aspirin.
  5. Helpful hard goods: flashlight, tweezers, muzzle, nylon lead and cold packs.

Keep a fully-stocked kit at home, and don't forget to pack a travel kit when you and your dog are on the road. In an emergency, it's important to have the right supplies. When traveling with your dog, be sure to keep a name tag-with a phone number-securely attached to her collar.

A dog first aid course can teach you how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and CPR. Classes are often available at local Agricultural Extensions or community colleges.