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Dog owners can give emergency first aid for minor injuries to their pets if they have the appropriate remedies, tools, and equipment available.


  • Gauze sponges -- 50 four-by-four inch sponges, two per envelope
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Ear syringe -- two-ounce capacity
  • Ace self-adhering athletic bandage -- three-inch width
  • White petroleum jelly (Vaseline or similar)
  • Eye wash
  • Sterile, non-adherent pads
  • Generic Benadryl capsules -- 25mg, for allergies
  • Hydrocortisone acetate -- one percent cream/ Cortaid
  • Rolled sterile stretch gauze bandage -- three inches by four yards
  • Buffered baby aspirin
  • Dermicil hypoallergenic cloth tape one inch by 10 yards
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Imodium or Flagyl
  • Pepto Bismol tablets/Kaopectate tablets maximum strength
  • Bandage scissors
  • Custom splints
  • Vet Wrap/Corban bandage
  • Styptic powder
  • Nail trimmers
  • Tooth brushing supplies
  • Contact lens-type saline solution
  • White tube sock (can be used for applying pressure or as a muzzle)
  • Blanket
  • Tweezers
  • Muzzle
  • Hemostats
  • Rectal thermometer (digital is best)
  • Penlight/flashlight
  • Ziplock bags

You might also want to add the following items to your kit:

Paperwork, including the dog's health record, medications, local and National Poison Control numbers, regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone numbers, and emergency clinic hours and telephone number.


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