Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Readiness Week: Canine First Aid Kits

The second part of our readiness plan was getting together First Aid Kits.  I must apologize here as the kits are not completely ready as I had hoped, but they are a good start!


We wanted to create 3 kits: one for the house, one for the car, and one for our disaster kit (coming tomorrow!).  I searched through many, many sites (too many to remember or I would post here) to come up with what we needed.

For our Home Kit I've included:


  • Canine First Aid Book
  • Self-Adhesive Wrap (like Vetwrap)
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Petroleum Jelly (for use with a thermometer)
  • Cotton Balls/Cotton Swabs/Cotton Rounds
  • Guaze Pads
  • Guaze Rolls
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Medical Tape
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting) - see note at bottom
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tweezers
Next to the storage location of the kit is a packet of papers that includes:


  • Emergency Contact Info (including our vet, Emergency Center, Poison Control)
  • Basic Instructions for Care
  • Rabies Certificates
  • Info Chart (including license number, microchip number, due dates of all vaccines, type of monthly preventative, and Tesla's insurance info)
  • Lost Posters
We also plan to add:
  • Scissors
  • Tongue Depressors (variety of uses, including splint)
  • Muzzle
  • Thermometer
  • Clean Washcloth
  • Instant Ice Pack
  • Toothbrush
  • Small Flashlight with Extra Batteries
  • Slip Lead
  • Fake Credit Card (for use as scraper)
  • Small Container of Cornstarch (to stop bleeding)
  • Benadryl & Baby Aspirin - see note at bottom
We then created a Car kit, including:
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Cotton Balls/Cotton Swabs/Cotton Rounds
  • Guaze Pads
  • Guaze Rolls
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Medical Tape
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Temporary ID tags (known as key tags)
  • Emergency Contact Info
  • Tweezers*
  • Scissors*
  • Tongue Depressors*
  • Triangular bandage (for use as muzzle)*
  • Instant Ice Pack*
  • Slip Lead*
  • Scraper Card*
  • Cornstarch*

Lastly, we created a kit for our disaster kit, including
  • Canine First Aid Book
  • Self-Adhesive Wrap (like Vetwrap)
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Petroleum Jelly (for use with a thermometer)
  • Cotton Balls/Cotton Swabs/Cotton Rounds
  • Guaze Pads
  • Guaze Rolls
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Medical Tape
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Hydrogen Peroxide - see note at bottom
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tweezers*
  • Slip Lead
  • Scissors*
  • Tongue Depressors*
  • Thermometer*
  • Instant Ice Pack*
  • Toothbrush*
  • Slip Lead*
  • Scraper Card*
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Small Container of Cornstarch*
  • Benadryl & Baby Aspirin* - see note at bottom
A few important things to note:
The use of the peroxide, benedryl, and aspirin is not and will not be distributed without veterinary oversight.  At our vet appointment this week, we will be speaking with our vet about using these in case of an emergency.  If given the okay, we will place instructions and dosage information for use inside each kit.

Each kit will have a list of items with a shelf-life listed on outside of container.  I plan to check these every couple of months to ensure all materials are still good.


Lastly, ALL the kits need a little decoration in the way of a symbolic red cross to designate a first aid kit, along with a paw print to designate it is for the pooches!

Check back Friday for the last step in our Readiness Plan!
And in case you missed it, check out the first step in the plan.

*To be added

7 comments:

  1. Oh, these are soooo good! Someone made a really nice one for our SociaBulls group, though we've been meaning to make one for ourselves. Love these tips!

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    1. I really want to make a small one for our walks, too, just haven't gotten around to it! We've been so lucky that no one has gotten hurt around here -- we don't even have bandaids! I remember your post about Miss M's toenail...yikes!

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  2. These are great! I just keep a regular first aid kit for us humans that has items a dog can use as well, but maybe I should separate it out.

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    1. Yes, we thought about combining the human and canine house kits, but there are a few things that we wanted accessible for the pooches and thought it would be easier to have broken out.

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  3. This is PERFECT! I need to pin this ASAP!

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  4. This is perfect....I really need to have a car kit for those trips to the lake! Thank you for the gentle reminder that I need to get this done. And thanks for listing the items...makes shopping a lot easier!

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