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How to: Pet First-Aid Kit

Today's blog post isn't actually training-related in nature, but it's no less important: pet first-aid kits.

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With the Summer season upon us, we're heading outside more; we're taking vacations and camping trips; and we're taking our SideKicks with us! All of the extra activity is a recipe for fun...but sometimes it's a recipe for accidents, too. S@#$ happens, you know? And, in these cases, it's best to be prepared!

Pet first-aid kits can be purchased ready-made in stores, but you can also put together your own kit fairly easily by adding pet-specific supplies to a human first-aid kit or by assembling the suggested items below:

Pet-specific supplies

  • Pet first-aid book

  • Phone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic (along with directions!) and a poison-control center or hotline

  • Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other important medical records and a current photo of your SideKick (in case they get lost)

  • Nylon leash

  • Self-cling bandage (bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur)

  • Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting

Basic first-aid supplies

  • Absorbent gauze pads

  • Adhesive tape

  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray

  • Blanket (and/or a foil emergency blanket)

  • Cotton balls or swabs

  • Gauze rolls

  • Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always check with veterinarian or animal poison control expert before giving to your pet)

  • Ice pack

  • Non-latex disposable gloves

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Rectal thermometer

  • Scissors (with blunt ends)

  • Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages

  • Sterile saline solution

  • Tweezers

  • A pillowcase

  • A pet carrier or kennel

Other Useful Items

  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. A veterinarian must tell you the correct dosage for your pet's size.

  • Ear-cleaning solution

  • Expired credit card (to scrape away insect stingers)

  • Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)

  • Nail clippers

  • Over the counter antibiotic ointment

  • Penlight or flashlight

  • Plastic eyedropper or syringe

  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)

  • Splints and tongue depressors

  • Styptic powder or pencil

  • Temporary identification tag

  • Towels

  • Needle-nosed pliers

Put your kit together in a small, plastic tub with a li