Dog First Aid Kit -
an invaluable tool to own

It is very easy to create your own dog first aid kit. First things first, you need some kind of container to hold all the medicines, drugs and medical supplies in.

Good ideas for containers could be containers such as an old lunch box, a tackle box or some other shoe box sized plastic container. One important thing to remember is that it should be water-proof and strong enough to withstand mild pressure and have a clasp of some sort - but not locking.

It would be a great idea to label the first aid kit on all sides with a felt tip marker so that it is easy to read. Something such as "Dog First Aid Kit" or whatever just so you can easily know the difference between it and your human first aid kit.

It would also be a very good idea to list a description of your dog(s) including color, weight, name, health issues, distinguishing characteristics and a recent photo labeled with the name of each pet that you own. Your pets will thank you also in the case some sort of disaster or emergency happened and you could not get home for some reason and this dog first aid kit would list invaluable information for anyone who might need it in your absence.


Under the lid of your pet first aid kit place to tape an index card which contains the phone numbers of your local veterinarian, poison control, and other canine emergency numbers for your dog (emergency vet, etc).

Below is a list of several items you should get to place within your dog first aid kit and brief explanations as to what each item is for. Remember, your dog's health may depend on it.

Make Your Own Dog First Aid Kit

Dog First Aid Kit Ingredients List

Activated charcoal: for poisonings (1 gram per pound, mixed with water),

Antihistamine tablets: for insect stings and allergic reactions,

Betadine or Nolvasan: cleaning open wounds,

Blankets: several if possible, to help prevent against shock in the event of an accident or injury as well as a good way to transport an injured dog,

Blunt nosed scissors: to cut tape and clip. Keep these scissors with the kit.

Canine rectal thermometer: to take the dog or puppies temperature,

Cortisone ointment: Used as a topical anti-inflammatory,

Cotton balls and swabs: Used mainly to clean wounds,

Eyedropper or dosage syringe: to apply medications to your GSD,

Eyewash: to irrigate the eyes of your dog,

First-aid cream: to sooth and protect wounds,

Gauze bandage: for wrapping wounds,

Gloves: both thin plastic to avoid contamination and thicker ones if you have a fear of being bitten,

Hand towels: to dry hands, for clean up, etc.,

Hydrogen peroxide (3%): has various uses, one of which is to induce vomiting,

Kaolin and pectin: to help diarrhea (1 teaspoon per 10 pounds),

Magnifying glass: to help locate any tiny objects.

Muzzle: even the best dog may bite when in extreme pain. If you don't have one you can also make one from strips of soft long fabric, tube socks, etc.,

Nail clippers: best case scenario, have both human and canine nail clippers,

Non-stick adhesive tape: to help tape bandages in place,

Non-stinging antiseptic spray: to help clean wounds,

Pepto-Bismol , Maalox or Kaopectate: to help relieve minor stomach upsets,

Petroleum jelly: for use with the rectal thermometer, also an aid in constipation (1/2 teaspoon per 10 pounds),

Saline solution: can be used for many things such as irrigating wounds,

Stretch bandages: for wound dressing,

Styptic pencil: to stop minor bleeding,

Syrup of Ipecac: used to induce vomiting (1 teaspoon per 20 pounds),

Tweezers or hemostat: use to pull our splinters or other small foreign objects,

Vegetable oil: for mild constipation (1 teaspoon per 5 pounds, mix it in with food)

If you can think of other items to add to your dog first aid kit, feel free to do so. This list is just a place to get you started.

Canine First Aid Spray for Dog Wounds
- $ 21.95
Effective natural antiseptic. Prevents infection of cuts, wounds and stings. Relieves pain of injuries and skin problems. Promotes faster healing of dog wounds.

Return from Dog First Aid Kit to Herding Dog Group

Whoever said "let sleeping dogs lie" didn't sleep with dogs". - Unknown