Make Your Own Dog Medical Kit

Make Your Own Dog Medical Kit
  1. Saline solution, for flushing debris from eyes
  2. Antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin or Neosporin, to apply to healing wounds
  3. Iodine such as Betadine solution, for applying to and washing fresh cuts and wounds
  4. Sterile gloves
  5. Digital thermometer and lubricant; ask your veterinarian to teach you how to take your dog’s temperature
  6. Flat slanted tweezers, magnifying glass, non-locking hemostat
  7. Q-tips
  8. Clotting agent, such as Superclot (which also numbs pain), or styptic gel or powder; used to induce clotting
  9. Benadryl, for allergic reactions. Dosage is usually around 1 milligram per pound; check with your veterinarian.
  10. Tick remover
  11. Antiseptic wash, to keep abrasions and other minor surface wounds clean as they heal
  12. Alcohol wipes, to take on-the-go in case of scratches and scrapes
  13. Sterile gauze rolls – these can cause more harm than good if used improperly; only use in emergencies, and always wrap loosely. My veterinarian says that the most common mistake people make is to wrap the gauze too tightly, which can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for the patient
  14. Medical scissors, for cutting bandages
  15. Sterile gauze pads
  16. Cotton balls
  17. A soft muzzle is good to have in case of emergencies, to help calm a dog in duress and protect people from bites
  18. Hydrogen peroxide, which is used to induce vomitting. The ASPCA recommended dosage is 1 tsp per 5 lbs, never exceeding 3 tablespoons. Check with your vet for correct dosage, or if necessary, call an emergency vet if you are unsure
  19. Foldable comfortable recovery collar (my pick is the Boobooloon) to prevent dog from chewing and scratching wounds and irritations
  20. Instant cold pack
* This list has been reviewed and recommended by a veterinarian
* Ask your veterinarian about products, as brands vary by location
* This is a list of items that are good to have on hand, in case of emergency, and only as supplemental to the care and observation of a veterinarian

Article © 2012 Miles & Emma

6 comments on Make Your Own Dog Medical Kit

  • Peggy McCallum

    I would always include (and have often used) hydrogen peroxide. I have never used it externally, but it's a good way to induce vomiting. For example, I once saw one of my dogs wolf down a dead mouse (I ask you– a dead mouse???) but I was concerned that poison had killed the mouse. I used peroxide (3%) to get that mouse back up before it could harm my dog. The dosage I remember is a teaspoon for every ten pounds of dog, and you can repeat in 20 minutes, but no more often. Check this out with your vet, of course, but do that before you need it!!!

    All the rest is a great idea! And may we all have dusty first aid kits we never need!

  • Emma (author)

    Thanks Peg, I'll add it right now. I really appreciate the tip.

    And yes, dead mouse, how appetizing! Mmm…

  • Cassafrass

    Great post, I've been meaning to put one of these together myself!

  • Danielle

    I used your list, and now I feel prepared for minor dog accidents! Thanks!

  • Diane B Currier

    Thanks for posting the E-box list for dogs. I have three small dogs and you never know what they can get into.

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