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How To Build A Dog First Aid Kit

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Bonnie Conner DVM, a Clinical Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine & Critical Care at University of Florida, specializes in small animal emergency and clinical care.

Learn Pet First Aid and CRP

Be prepared to handle any emergency by becoming certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. This course is self paced, online, simple and can potentially save a dog’s life.


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Buy Here Large First Aid Kit

Buy Here Small Travel Kit

Have these in your phone AND a safe place:

  • Current Picture of your Dog
  • Your dog’s vet number and address
  • Emergency vet number and address
  • Your dog’s allergies and list of current medications
  • Proof of Vaccines
  • Animal Poison Control Center hotline 888.426.4435

Other things to purchase if they are not in your kit:

  • Buy Here Styptic powder to stop bleeding
  • Buy Here Extra Leash, you can use as a muzzle if needed
  • Buy Here Self-Cling Bandages that won’t stick to the dog’s fur
  • Buy Here Muzzle or you can use a leash (Video)
  • Buy Here Benadryl – Most vets recommend 1 mg per pound.
  • Buy Here Nail Clippers
  • Buy Here Penlight or Flashlight
  • Buy Here Plastic eye dropper
  • Buy Here Thermometer – I suggest knowing your dog’s natural temperature
  • Buy Here Needle Nosed Pliers
  • Buy Here Clippers to shave hair off infections, gum, or matts
  • Ear Cleaning Solution: ASK your vet about the best one for your dog
  • Expired credit card to scrape away stingers
  • Glucose paste or corn syrup for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar: ASK your vet
  • Lube if you have rectal thermometer!
  • Antibiotic ointment: ask your vet
  • TREATS!

Occasionally update your veterinary kit if anything has become expired.
Keep out of reach of children and dogs who are prone to get into things.