Whether you purchase a dog first aid kit from us, one of our competitors, or put one together yourself, the most important thing is that you actually have one. I believe that anyone who lives, works, or plays with a dog should have a dog first aid kit on stand-by. Whether you and your dog are afield, at work, camping, traveling or at home, having a K9 first aid kit available could save your dog's life.
In our 23 years of manufacturing canine first aid kits, the most asked question is, “What should I have in my dog first aid kit?” There is no one answer to that question - it all depends on the job or activity that your dog will be participating in, and the health risks he/she will confront. If your dog is taking part in sporting activities like hunting, field trials or agility competitions, then you’d want to have a more extensive kit. If your dog mostly stays around the house, a more basic kit should be enough. If you travel with your dog or go hiking or camping, then probably something in between should work.
With that said, consider having the following components in your dog first aid kit:
Phone numbers: Start with your veterinarian’s phone number. If you’re traveling, locate and write down the nearest emergency veterinary clinic’s phone number and address (include directions to the clinic). Also, have the number for a poison control hotline.
Medical Records / History for your dog can be placed in a zip-lock bag. Include: Proof of up-to-date rabies and other vaccinations, important medical records including a list of any prescriptions. If you haven’t already done so, consider micro-chipping and using a lost pet locator service like 1-800-HELP-4-Pets, in case your 4-legged pal gets lost. It’s best to use both of these methods.
Common sense and keeping a level head is very important in any canine emergency. Chances are, there is going to be blood present. You will have a dog that is in pain, is frightened and confused. If you remain calm, your decision making skills will be improved and it may help keep your dog calmer, as well.
The purpose of a dog first aid kit is to bridge the gap between the emergency and prompt veterinary treatment. It’s called the two Ts of first aid: Treat & Transport.
Finally, be mindful of your limitations. If you’re not a veterinarian, no dog first aid kit will make you one. Do your best to temporarily treat your dog’s situation and then get the dog to a veterinarian – quickly, but safely.
Hopefully, this information will help you prepare to keep your canine buddy safe, whether at home or on the go.