Basic first aid kit:

  • scissors
  • gauze pads
  • non-adhesive pads
  • 5 yards of 1/2 inch adhesive tape
  • conforming bandage, 2 inch wide
  • alcohol
  • antiseptic wipes
  • cotton balls
  • styptic pencil (to stop bleeding for some wounds)
  • towel
  • blanket (in case of shock)
  • surgical gloves
  • muslin sling bandage
  • tongue depressors
  • tweezers
  • scraper
  • 2cm surgical tape

Also recommended:

  • oral syringes or eye dropper
  • glucose paste or corn syrup
  • antihistamine such as Benadryl
  • antigas tablets for bloat such as Gas-X
  • fresh water (bottled water works)
  • pliers or forceps with a cutting edge
  • ice pack
  • digital thermometer
  • a cloth belt or muzzle (in case of shock--but take the course to learn how and when to use a muzzle)
  • hydrogen peroxide (again--use only under professional guidance such as poison control by using a 2% solution to induce vomiting when appropriate)

It is also a good idea to keep the Vet's phone number and a file with your dog's medical records near to this canine first aid kit. Contents would could include:

  • Information concerning immunizations (with the date)
  • List all medications your dog is receiving or has received
  • Any parasite or flea medication which your dog is taking should also be noted
  • Records of any blood tests and results
  • Copies of veterinary invoices and exam sheets. These will help provide important information if another veterinarian besides your normal one has to check your dog.