Make Your Own Dog First Aid Kit For Emergencies

If you are more of a do-it-yourself type person you can make your own dog first aid kit.  Easy to do with supplies readily available.

Items Needed To Make Your Own Dog First Aid Kit:

Important Phone Numbers:

Your Veterinarian
Emergency Vet or Clinic
Poison Control

Supplies For Your Dog First Aid Kit

    • Soft Sided Insulated Cooler (six pack size) or plastic container
    • Small Magnifying Glass
    • Scissors with Rounded Ends
    • Tweezers
    • Latex Gloves
    • Rectal Thermometer
    • Syringes (various sizes)
    • Cloth & Paper Towels
    • Penlight
    • Eyedropper
    • Penlight
    • Cotton Balls & Swabs
    • Lubricant (such as Vaseline)
    • Slip Leash
    • Styptic Powder
    • Muzzle or Roll of Gauze
    • Large Towel or Blanket (for stretcher)
    • Another Blanket or Towel (for warmth)
    • Disinfectant Such As Isopropyl Alcohol
    • Heat & Cold Packs Wrapped in Towel

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Medications For Your Dog First Aid Kit

  • Buffered Aspirin
  • Saline Solution (for flushing eyes and cleaning wounds))
  • Antihistamine (for stings, swelling and itching)
  • Antibiotic Ointment or Cream
  • Cortisone Cream or Spray
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (can be used to make dog vomit when mixed with water)
  • Antidiarrheal Liquid
  • Wound Disinfectant (such as Betadine)
  • Ear Cleaning Solution
  • Karo Syrup (to help raise the sugar level)
  • Gatorade or Pedialyte (for rehydration)


  • Gauze (rolls & square pads)
  • White First Aid Tape
  • Elastic Bandage

You may find that there is not enough room in the six pack size cooler for all these items. The medications,smaller supplies and bandages can be stored in this container. Then, place this container into a larger cooler or small box.

It requires a little effort to make your own dog first aid kit, but you will have the peace of mind in knowing that you’ll be prepared to help your dog in an emergency.

Make Your Own Dog First Aid Kit (Mini Size)

Your first aid kit for your dog will help you to be prepared should an emergency arise with your four-legged family member. However, there will be times when you are away from your home or car without access to your main first aid kit. When on a hike or walk, particularly in woodsy or hilly areas, it’s easy to encounter bees ar sharp objects. A smaller basic version of your first aid kit for dogs will really come in handy.

  • Small zippered pouch or bag, preferably one that attaches to your belt (fanny pack) or fits easily into your backpack.
  • Pair of disposable gloves
  • Several square and small roll of gauze bandage. make-your-own-dog-first-aid-kit
  • White first aid tape.
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Small bottle with alcohol
  • Small container of wound disinfectant and tube of antibiotic cream
  • Antihistamine (such as benadryl) for bee stings

All these items will be much smaller versions of those in your regular dog first aid kit. They are meant simply to be used when you don’t have easy access to your larger kit. When back at your home or car, you will probably need to utilize some of the other items in your large first aid kit. Of course, if the injury is serious, take your dog to the Vet immediately!

First Aid Kit For Dogs-Be Prepared For Any Emergency

A First Aid Kit for dogs should be in every family’s home that includes a dog as a member of their family. Just as children get into mishaps that require antiseptic and bandages, so do your four legged family members.

Not so long ago, we would have settled for human first aid supplies but as the pet industry has grown, we have become aware of a pet’s sometimes unique needs.

A First Aid Kit For Dogs Is A Necessity

The impact of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters since has made  dog owning families more aware of the need for a dog first aid kit. Many dogs needed to suddenly be evacuated to areas that had no immediate access to veterinarian care. And, even once they returned home, professional medical care was not readily available.

Most mishaps are usually minor in nature such as cuts, bee stings or perhaps cutting a nail a bit too close. Rather than rushing about trying to gather the necessary supplies when this type of event happens, it is so much better to be prepared. First aid kits for dogs are available for purchase from some pet supply stores. Or, with a little effort, you can make your own dog first aid kit.

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Ideally, you would have two first aid kits for your dog. One to keep at home, in a convenient place, such as under a bathroom cabinet or in a cabinet in your laundry or utility room. It is important to make sure all members of your family know where your first aid kit is kept. The second kit should be kept in your vehicle for those mishaps that occur when your dog is on an outing with you, such as a dog park or on a hike. Actually, a third scaled down version of the kit is also recommended. Place a few emergency items in this mini first aid kit.

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A little pre-planning on your part will go a long way in helping to keep your four legged family member safe and healthy. And your own first aid kit for dogs will contribute to that greatly.

Travel By Car With Your Dog

Travel with your dog by car can be a great experience with some thoughtful pre-planning. Just the mention of the words car, go or bye-bye and many dogs are running to the door and ready to go.
Many of us cannot bear to leave our canine family members at home when we vacation. But, while they may be ready to take off at the drop of a bone, we need to take time for a little planning. It can make the difference between a vacation delight and a vacation disaster.

Whether you are planning a short get-a-way or a full-fledged vacation, it is important to gather the right equipment and documents to help assure a happy, safe and fun trip when you travel with your dog.

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10 Basic Items You Must Have When You Travel With Your Dog:

Health items needed when you travel with your dog:

In addition to the items you will need to gather before you travel with your dog, there is also information you will need.

Tips For Traveling With Your Dog:

  • Record phone numbers and locations of Emergency Veterinarian Clinics along your route and at your destination.
  • Locate dog-friendly lodging, dining, attractions, events, parks, campgrounds, beaches, etc.
  • Obtain information on kennels in the area you will be staying in. Even if you don’t plan on kenneling your dog, something may come up that you have to do so. Better to be prepared.
  • Check to see if the area you will be in has any restrictions on your breed.  Check here for cities and states with BSL or Breed Specific Legislation.
  • Research your travel destination for possible hazards to your dog that you may not have in your hometown.
  • Bring several clear, recent pictures of your dog in case he gets lost and you need to copy and place in places such as veterinarian’s offices and on street posts as well as social media sites.
  • Plan to stop at least every three hours to walk your dog and give him water.
  • Make test runs in your car if your dog is not a frequent car rider.  Start with short intervals of about 10 minutes, lengthening the time with each subsequent ride.
  • Do not allow your dog to ride in the front seat.  He may be a great travel companion, but the front seat is a dangerous spot for him.  Instead, set him up comfortably in the back seat, in a car seat for dogs and secured by a dog seat belt.  Give him his favorite top and/or blanket to snuggle with to help him feel secure. 

Traveling with your dog can be an enjoyable experience for both you and your dog.  Planning and being prepared for the trip will make all the difference between a wonderful, fun-filled trip or a potential nightmare.  Traveling with your dog is much like traveling with a toddler; anything can happen.  Surrounding your dog with as many familiar items as possible will help him to be less anxious and happy on his road trip.

Take the time, gather the proper equipment, records, and destination information before taking off to travel with your dog.