Authored by: Dr. Lindsey, DVM
It’s important to always have a basic first aid kit for your dog. Keep this kit next to your family’s first aid kit. Many of the supplies can also be used for the family too.
- Phone number and address of veterinarian and emergency veterinarian
- Phone number of Pet Poison Helpline or ASPCA Poison Control Center
- Towels- in case of bleeding or to protect a wound
- Nonstick bandages, gauze, and tape for bandages- to protect a wound or stop bleeding. Don’t use human band aids.
- Muzzle- injured dogs can be aggressive
- Thermometer- may need to check the dog for a fever.
- Extra collar and leash
- Ice pack- to help with swelling
- Neosporin- your veterinarian may recommend for superficial wounds
- Disposable gloves
- Small flashlight- to check for punctures or foreign objects imbedded
- Tweezers- for tick removal. Always make sure to get the whole tick off. If part of the tick is left behind, it can lead to infection.
- A copy of your dog’s current medications and vaccinations
Remember that first aid care isn’t a replacement for veterinary care. It may be able to save your dog’s life until they receive veterinary care.
Dr. Lindsey graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 and works in general practice, shelter medicine, and more recently as a civilian contractor veterinarian for the Army. She is also certified in acupuncture and resides in Palm Springs, CA.