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Dog First-Aid Kit Essentials


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Emergencies can strike at any time, whether you’re at home, running errands around town, or traveling. When they do occur, you should always be prepared with a dog first-aid kit, in addition to your human supplies.

This list will help you assemble everything you’ll need in a first-aid kit for a canine medical emergency or health issue. Aside from these items, be sure to remember to include important paperwork, including a copy of medical records, vaccination records, and emergency phone numbers.

Canine First Aid Manual

Pet Emergency Pocket Guide

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This practical reference guide provides information on first aid, illness and injury assessments, and a toxic foods list. The easy-to-use guide also helps you anticipate trouble with emergency planning advice, including a natural disaster preparation and survival guide. Price: $15

Gauze

California Basics 24 Gauze Bandage Rolls

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This lightweight, latex-free white medical gauze is a great essential first-aid item to have around in the event of an injury to either you or your dog. Price: $13

Non-Stick Bandages

ECO-FUSED Self Adhering Bandage

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This pack of six self-adhering water-repellent bandages works well on dogs without sticking to their fur. Consumers appreciate these low-cost bandages and praise their successful non-slip support. Price: $10

Adhesive Tape

Fou Self Adherent Wrap Tape

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These self-adhering bandages are elastic and breathable and each roll measures five yards long, ensuring that you’ll never run out in the event of a first aid emergency. Price: $10

Cotton Balls

Organic Cotton Balls

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These absorbent organic cotton balls are super soft and can function in either the application of medicine or the cleaning up of cuts or wounds belonging to your or your pup. Price: $3

Hydrogen Peroxide

365 Everyday Value Hydrogen Peroxide

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An antiseptic like hydrogen peroxide is always a good idea to have on hand in your first-aid kit, to help prevent infection in the event of any injury. Price: $2

Antibiotic Spray/Ointment

Vetericyn Wound and Skin Care Hydrogel

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Made in the USA, this fast-acting, non-toxic ointment can be used to treat cuts, sores, rashes, dry skin, and allergies, and is safe for dogs if accidentally ingested, making it a great emergency item. Price: $19

Milk of Magnesia

Phillips’ Fresh Mint Milk of Magnesia Liquid

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Milk of Magnesia and charcoal can be used to absorb and counteract poisons, but be sure to consult with a veterinarian first to determine what size dose may be safe for your dog. Price: $24

Digital Thermometer

Digital Medical Thermometer

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Ranked as Amazon’s top choice for oral thermometersthe bendable tip, affordability, and accurate readings make this product a solid purchase and useful item to include in your kit. Price: $14

Medicine Pillbox

Moisture Proof Pill Organizer

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The sturdy, BPA-free pill organizer is moisture-proof and has eight large compartments, making it especially effective for dogs taking multiple medications. Price: $13

Scissors

AmazonBasics Multipurpose Scissors

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The 3-pack of 8-inch scissors work for both left and right-handed individuals and they may come in handy to help cut bandages or gauze to size when needed. Price: $10

Tweezers

Tweezer Guru Set

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Tweezers are a must-have for any first aid kit, and with stainless steel slant tips, this precise pair will be helpful when picking splinters out of your dog’s paw, or ticks out of their fur. Price: $10

Magnifying Glass

SeeZoom Lighted Magnifying Glass

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This lightweight LED-illuminated glass can magnify cuts, wounds, splinters, and more by up to three times with a jeweler’s magnifying glass. Price: $15

Syringes

Frienda Large Plastic Syringe

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Use eyedroppers or syringes to flush wounds or to give oral medications to your dog. This non-toxic pack of four syringes is individually sealed and suitable for feeding pets. Price: $7

Flashlight

LED Tactical Flashlight

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This pair of LED flashlights have five modes (low, medium, high, strobe, and SOS), will last 50,000 hours and are water-resistant, making for a durable light that’s good to have on hand for emergencies. Price: $20

Towel

Bone Dry Microfiber Dog Bath Towel

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This super-absorbent, machine-washable microfiber towel is specifically designed for pets and can be a useful item to have around in inclement weather or elsewhere. Price: $10

Soft Muzzle

Soft Dog Muzzle Cover

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Your dog may become frantic if hurt or wounded, and a muzzle may help to keep them from biting. This breathable, adjustable mesh muzzle will work for any size dog. Price: $13

Leash & Collar

Azuza Durable Padded Dog Leash and Collar Set

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In an accident or other emergency, your dog’s collar may come off or the leash may snap. Make sure you have an extra one available, like this water-resistant, reflective set. Price: $17

Travel Bowls

Awakelion Collapsible Dog Bowl

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A portable dog bowl is essential for any on-the-go dog owner. Awakelion’s non-toxic, eco-friendly set has one food container and two bowls and holds about a week’s worth of food. Price: $20

The AKC independently selected each product featured in this article. If you purchase a product through this article, we may receive a portion of the sale. While we do our best to update links often, please note that prices and deals are subject to change.

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