Make Your Own Dog First-Aid Kit

How to assemble a kit for your dog.

Traveling with your dog? Find an easy-to-carry, durable box, and start assembling a canine first-aid kit to take along. Include these items, and you’ll be ready to help your dog in an emergency:

  • Gauze rolls and pads
  • Adhesive or first-aid tape
  • Roll bandages that stretch and cling
  • Hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds and for inducing vomiting
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Tweezers
  • Magnifying glass
  • Scissors
  • Saline solution or eye lubricant
  • Plastic syringe for administering liquid medications
  • Ice pack
  • Compact thermal blanket or a regular blanket
  • Benedryl — if approved by your veterinarian
  • Anti-diarrhea medication for dogs — if approved by your veterinarian
  • Written prescriptions for medications your dog takes regularly
  • Pet first-aid booklet
  • Telephone numbers for your vet, a vet in the city you’re visiting, an after-hours emergency vet hospital, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435

No time to put together a first-aid kit? Order one already stocked with many of the items listed above. Several companies and nonprofit organizations sell canine first-aid kits.

If your dog is prone to motion sickness, pack some additional items:

  • Ginger snaps. These cookies sometimes help alleviate upset stomachs.
  • Comfort Zone spray. Spray it in your dog’s crate or on the car seat where he’ll ride.
  • Benadryl. Some vets suggest this over-the-counter medication.
  • Prescription drugs if your vet recommends them.


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