I have first aid kit for hiking and overnight backpacking with the dogs. These kits are human first-aid kits with extra pet-specific stuff thrown in. When I am carrying the kit in a pack, I need to conserve weight so they are combined.
I carry a human first aid kit in my car. It doesn’t have anything extra in it for Chester and Gretel. Although some of the products could be used on them, Gretel’s scare with chocolate reminded me that I am not equipped to handle a lot of dog emergencies on the road. Since weight is not an issue in a car, I have decided to carry a second kit that is just for the dogs.
Ok, so I thought of this MONTHS ago but until yesterday it still hadn’t happened. We are leaving for a 5-day road trip in a couple of days so I decided now was the time I should finally get this kit together.
My decision was timed well because I went to the SuperZoo pet product expo a couple of weeks ago. I got to see all kinds of new pet products that will be hitting the market soon. First aid kits were one of the top things on my list to check out.
There were a few pet first aid kits at the expo. The one that truly shined for me was the one from Alcott. Because I needed to induce vomiting when Gretel ate the poisonous chocolate, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide was crucial to have in the car for me. The Alcott Pet First Aid Kit was the first kit I’ve seen that included a small bottle of it and a syringe to administer the proper dose. I was sold just by that tiny bottle
They gave me a pet first aid kit to bring on our road trip. This is what was in the kit:
- 3 gauze rolls
- 2 – 2 x 3 sterile pads
- 2 – 3 x 3 gauze sponges
- 1 pair vinyl gloves
- 4 alcohol prep pads
- 2 antiseptic towelettes
- 2 sting relief pads
- 10 cotton swabs
- 1 tongue depressor
- 1 small roll of first aid tape
- 1 – 100 ML bottle 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 5 ml syringe
- tick remover
- instant cold compress
- small vial eye wash
- alcohol-free hand sanitizer
- styptic pencil
The kit also contained a pet brush, human CPR mouth guard, mylar emergency blanket and a mystery roll of 1-inch wide rubber strips (for a tourniquet? That was the only thing I could guess but they weren’t very stretchy). I took those things out because I don’t think we need them and I wanted to make room for some other stuff. I also took out one of the gauze rolls.
This is what I added to the Alcott Pet First Aid Kit to better fit our needs.:
- 1 small package triple antibiotic ointment
- 1 pair rubber gloves (for a total of two pairs of gloves)
- 3 – 2 x 2 sterile gauze pads
- 1 Pawflex Bandages MediMitt (size small)
- 3 Pawz reusable, disposable rubber boots (to cover bandages on the foot or keep dirt out of a cut; size small)
- 1 roll Vet Tape Wrap (self-adhering nylon bandage wrap; tear-able/No scissors required; water resistant; to replace the gauze roll I removed)
- 4 tabs of Benadryl, cut into appropriate doses for a 10 lb dog
I think we are all set to handle most minor to moderate emergencies with this kit.
You can also get great first aid kits for your dog from Adventure Medical. No matter where you get your pet first aid kit, you will want to go through the contents. Some of the contents you might want to discard to make room for specific things you know you’ll need.
On a final “emergency preparedness note”: Having first aid supplies is the first step in being safer but they aren’t much good if you don’t know how to use them. I think every pet owner should be certified in pet first aid. I’ve taken several classes but the most useful class for me was the Walks ‘N’ Wags course taught by Pet First Aid Seattle by Metro Dog.
Now I have to get packing the rest of the stuff we take with us for the dogs (seriously, it feels like as much or more than we bring for ourselves!)
Are there any other must-have items you would put in a pet first aid kit for your vehicle?