Build Your Own Dog First Aid Kit

Build Your Own Dog First Aid Kit

By Laura Anderson

One of the first things to do when you get a new puppy is to build a first aid kit. You can never be too safe or too prepared. Remember you are the first line of care after an accident or injury. It could be quite a while before your puppy is able to receive medical care for an injury or poisoning, make sure you are prepared to help him through the immediate danger and pain.

You can purchase ready made first aid kits just about anywhere. There is one available through our store if you would rather spend your time engaging in other worthwhile exercises like playing fetch!

However, it doesn’t take much to build a first aid kit. Here are some of the most important things to have on hand. You could make all the difference in a life threatening situation. Make sure you are prepared!


saline solution (to wash cuts )

karo syrup or glucose(for hypoglycemia)

bandage scissors

sterile gauze pads

alcohol prep pads for instruments

cold pack (break and use)

heat pack (break and use)

vetwrap flexible non-adhesive bandage

provodine-iodine ointment

magnifying glass


opticlear eye wash

iodine prep (betadine) solution

emergency blanket (silver metallic)

2″ brown gauze rolls

triple antibiotic ointment (polysporin)

tweezers or hemostat

first aid booklet

splint (paint stir sticks or shims work well)

2″ elasticon tape bandaging

1″ standard porus tape bandaging

Peroxide (to induce vomiting)

Benedryl (1/2 -1 mg per pound of body weight for allergic

Aloe Vera gel (burns)

pack of guaze 4X4s

Ascriptin or other enteric coated aspirin

Laura Anderson

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