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Canine Emergency Kit

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. A smaller kit could be used in the car. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following suggested items:

Important Phone Numbers :

• Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic

• Emergency clinic phone number and directions

• Poison control center phone numbers

Equipment and Supplies :

• Muzzle, or roll of gauze for making a muzzle

• Magnifying glass

• Scissors

• Tweezers

• Nail clippers and metal nail file

• Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch

• Penlight

• Nylon slip leash

• Eye dropper or oral syringe

• Cotton swabs

• Cotton balls

• Clean towels - cloth and paper

• Rectal thermometer

• Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)

• Disposable gloves

• Syringes of various sizes

• Needle-nose pliers or hemostats

• Grease-cutting dish soap

• Bitter Apple or other product to discourage licking

• Pet carrier

• Towel or blanket to use as a stretcher, another to keep your dog warm during transport (some pharmacies and camping outlets carry a thermal blanket)

• Cold packs and heat packs (wrap in towel before using)

• Stethoscope

Bandaging Materials :

• Square gauze of various sizes - some sterile

• Non-stick pads

• First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin) and adhesive types

• Bandage rolls - gauze and Vetwrap

• Band-Aids (for humans)

Nutritional Support :

• Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte

• Nutritional supplement such as Nutri-Cal, Vitacal, or Nutristat

• High sugar source: Karo syrup

Medicines :

• Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Nolvasan

• Triple antibiotic ointment for skin

• Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin

• Eye wash solution

• Sterile saline

• Anti-diarrhea medicine such as Pet Pectate

• Buffered or canine aspirin

• Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions

• Cortisone spray or cream, such as Itch Stop

• Ear cleaning solution

• Hydrogen peroxide (used to make a dog vomit)

• Activated charcoal to absorb ingested poisons (consult your veterinarian before using)

Shelly's girl Mariah modelling an "inflatable doughnut"

Additional Recommendations from readers:

- Wooden rulers or craft wood sticks (use for splints)

- Canned Pumpkin

- Elizabethan Collar (cone of shame) or "inflatable doughnuts"

- Bloat Kit and Emergency instructions (find details in Blog on Bloat)

- Post surgical onzies in assorted sizes

- Colloidal Silver for wounds

Watch the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed. If YOU have suggestions to this list - please contact me!

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