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Materials for Canine First Aid Kit

This information was posted by Denise Lacey to the Flyball Maillist and the Akita-L Mail list and is used with her permission.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a member of any medical profession and the information contained below may not be absolutely correct. If there is anything you are uncertain of please check with your vet or consult a dog first aid manual.

  • Aspirin (buffered has been suggested, such as Bufferin or Ascriptin)
  • Benadryl (my vet told me that a 50 lb. dog can take two "human" tablets)
  • Anaphylaxis Kit for allergic reactions to bee or wasp stings
  • Pepto Bismol (tablets are better than liquid unless you want you, your dog and anything in the near vicinity to have pink spots) been told pepto turns stools black and makes it difficult to tell if there is blood in them
  • Kaopectate: 1 teaspoon every six to eight hours for a 50 pound dog - check dosages with your vet
  • lanocan spray (used as a pain killer)
  • ear miticide (Panalog is a vet version but I've been told women's vaginal yeast infection cream is just s good - "cure" of choice is Mycelex-7)
  • Merthiolate spray
  • an Iodine solution (I think lots of people use betadine)
  • Bacitracin ointment (antiobiotic for cuts/scrapes and can double as lubricant for thermometer)
  • styptic pencil or styptic powder
  • eye wash solution
  • hydrogen peroxide, salt or syrup of ipecac (to induce vomiting - call vet first)
  • opthalmic eye ointment (goes with the eye wash - especially if you do tracking, hiking or field work)
  • White petroleum jelly (Vaseline or similar)
  • Hydrocortisone acetate -- one percent cream

  • 2x2 and 4x4 sterile gauze pads
  • gauze rolls, 3" rolls
  • Ace self-adhering athletic bandage -- three-inch width
  • Dermicil hypoallergenic cloth tape -- one inch by 10 yards
  • wrap & tape (vet wrap that sticks to itself is also good - can be found at horse supply places)
  • q-tips
  • antibiotic swab sticks

  • Tuff Pad (for sore or bruised pads)

  • tweezers
  • safety pins
  • small scissors
  • thermometer (get one that won't break ie. not glass - and don't forget a lubricator)
  • oral syringe or turkey baster for giving liquids
  • Ear syringe -- two ounce capacity
  • bolt cutter (for opening crates in car accident)
  • small needle nose pliers/wire cutters (for removing porcupine quills, fish hooks, etc.)
  • Hemostats
  • mosquito hemostat (no idea what this is but it was on one of the lists I collected)

  • soft cloth muzzle (even the most good natured dog may bite if in pain but also remember that panting s a dogs primary way of regulating its internal temperature)
  • blanket
  • old towel
  • boot (for bruised or cut pads or other injuries to the feet or ankle)
  • Custom splints

  • Ziplock bags
  • Paperwork, including the dog's health record, medications, local and national poison control numbers, regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone numbers, and emergency clinic hours and telephone number.
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