1. Gauze Pads
This is the #1 item I use the most in my dog first aid kit. You can use gauze pads to place pressure on an open wound, wrap an open wound, & clean debris off around a wound. I like buying the single packets so you can keep just a few at a time in your kit. These will work for small wounds such as a dog bite (depending on the size of the bite), if your dog snags themselves on a branch, or slices their paw or elbow open. You can also buy these at Walmart for around the same price as Amazon.
2. Single Antiseptic Wipes
Keep at least 4-5 single antiseptic wipes in your dog’s first aid kit too – you can use these wipes to sanitize injuries. Benzalkonium Chloride helps remove any foreign substances such as bacteria or germs from an open wound. When I’ve used these on Charlie, I find that I mainly remove dirt. Keep in mind that these wipes are for very thin (or non-deep) injuries such as scrapes that aren’t gushing blood. I prefer to use these sting free antiseptic wipes so I don’t make Charlie as anxious or nervous about me cleaning him up.
3. Athletic Tape
4. Pawz Waterproof Dog Boot
5. Single Use Antibiotic Ointment
6. Disposable Gloves
Tweezers will help you pull out anything in an open wound as well as ticks. You can buy these at the dollar store for $1!
1) Dab Q-tips in the antibiotic ointment and apply it on hard to reach spots
1) Benadryl is most commonly used for allergies and allergic reactions to insect bites or stings, however it can act as a mild sedative.
If you’ve noticed a theme here, you’re right. Most of these first aid kit items come in single- or temporary use. When you are out hiking you don’t need to carry the whole box of ointment or gauze – just a little. Restock each item as needed. Always consult your Vet after you’ve given any medication or sealed a wound. Making your own Pet First Aid kit is much cheaper on your own, and you can put in the items you will actually use.
I highly recommend taking a Pet CPR & First Aid Course in your city to you can be fully prepared to help care for your pet on the trail if there is an emergency. In Utah, UEMTC (this is where I took my class and got certified) will randomly offer a Pet CPR & First Aid Course, and another option is to take a course through PetTech, which is offered nationwide.
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