When you travel, you want to be able to take care of your pets, and that starts with a first aid kit for dogs. If you have a dog first aid kit, then you will be able to provide a first line of defense against any injuries that your dog sustains until you can get them to the veterinarian. Having a dog first aid kit in your vehicle is simply a smart idea. Here are our team's picks 2021 for the best dog first aid kit essentials.
It is important to have a dog first aid kit in your home. Almost every professional organization requires one for its inhabitants, so why not consider being prepared with one where the ones you love the most reside? Let’s look at why you should get a first aid kit for your dog and how to be prepared in case an emergency does happen.
Why Get a Dog First Aid Kit?
The reason you need a dog first aid kit is that accidents happen, especially if you have a puppy or a more active dog. Having a first aid kid in the house or car for your dog, as you likely have for the people in your home, can save on those precious life-saving seconds in a real emergency situation. If you do have a dog in the home, you likely love him or her just as much as the people in your home, and would never want anything to happen to them. With a dog first aid kit, you will have the resources to be prepared when an accident happens.
Whatever the emergency, a first aid kit should contain the resources you need to help your dog until you are able to take them to the vet.
What Should Be in a Dog First Aid Kit?
If you do decide to get a first aid kit for your dog, you’ll want to consider what items you’d like to have on hand in an emergency. Common dog first aid kits include: paperwork (for you to write down vaccination/medical information and emergency numbers), hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting if dog ingests poisonous items and to clean wounds), antibiotic ointment (to reduce chances of infection for cuts and scrapes), tweezers (for ticks), gauze (to dress wounds), gloves, medications, and a creature comfort (such as a chew bone or treat, because we know how difficult it can be to get our dogs to cooperate when they don’t understand what’s going on, especially if it’s uncomfortable). A dog first aid kit is something that you can either put together yourself, or that you can purchase pre-packaged.
Being Prepared for Emergencies
At DogGear, we think it’s important to prepare for even the worst of situations (while hoping for the best) and to have a dog first aid kit both in your home and in your car. This way, whether you are at home or on the go with your dog, you will be able to help them out. It’s also important to have a basic understanding of first aid, and we also recommend learning how to perform dog CPR. While we hope these are skills you never have to use, they can save your dog’s life in an emergency.
By Destin Benoit
Destin has experience working with dogs in the most high stress environments on earth. He currently is a canine handler as a security contractor, helping to keep US diplomats safe in some of the most dangerous regions of the world.