FREE SHIPPING ON ALL QUALIFYING ORDERS!

0

Your Cart is Empty

April 24, 2019 3 min read

If you’re a pet owner, you probably hate the idea of something happening to your furry buddy. (We know the feeling because we’re pet owners too!) That’s why it’s always good to have a pet first aid kit handy wherever you go -- whether you’re traveling, adventuring, or even just relaxing at home.

If you’re getting ready to put together a first aid kit for your pet, you have two options: you can collect all the supplies you need and assemble the kit yourself, or you can go the faster route and buy apre-assembled kit.

Whichever you choose, it’s good to learn about what a pet first aid kit should have, so you know what to look for when you shop.

What Items Should Be in a Dog First Aid Kit?

Most pet first aid kits are prepared with dogs in mind because so many people take their dogs hiking, camping, and hunting. But if you’re not a dog owner, don’t worry. The advice in this post will help you set up a first aid kit for cats and other pets too. Let’s get started!

The first thing you need is a durablefirst aid bag (or a small box) to keep everything in. The ideal bag will have several different compartments made out of a see-through material like mesh or clear plastic -- you want to make sure your first aid kit is well organized, so you can always find and grab what you need quickly.

What should go in the bag? Here’s our dog first aid checklist:

  • Emergency blanket
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Bandages and gauze pads
  • Sting relief pads
  • Medical tape for bandages
  • Cotton swabs
  • Antiseptic towelette
  • Trauma pad
  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Iodine prep pad
  • Tongue depressor
  • Instant cold pack
  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • Parachute cord
  • Bottle opener
  • Pet first aid guide

Apet first aid guideis an essential component that is often overlooked. A good pet first aid guide will have lots of great information and clear directions on how to help your pet in all different kinds of emergencies, including choking, poisoning, lacerations, and more.

Other Information to Keep Handy

You might also want to keep a list of important phone numbers and addresses with your first aid kit. For example:

  • Your pet’s vet
  • Nearby emergency vet clinics
  • Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435)

It’s good to have this information available all the time, but it’s especially important when you and your pet are going places where you may not have reliable internet access, like hiking trails, campgrounds, and remote vacation spots.

More Tips on How to Make a Dog First Aid Kit

When you start putting together your first aid kit, think small. In the interests of being prepared, many people try to pack large amounts of everything they could possibly need. But if your kit ends up overly big and heavy, it will be too inconvenient to bring with you on hikes, camping trips, and other adventures. The last thing you want is a first aid kit that’s so bulky you end up leaving it in the trunk.

To avoid this problem, you can:

  • Choose a first aid bag that’s small enough to carry with one hand (or slip into your backpack)
  • Buy the small sample sizes of everything to keep your kit diverse but compact

Get a Pre-Assembled First Aid Kit

Another even easier option is to simply buy a pre-made pet first aid kit that’s already equipped with everything you need, likethis one that we offer at King Duke’s. It’s stylish, functional, and really easy to take with you anywhere. Plus, it has all the items in our first aid checklist and more.

dog first aid kit for camping

Do you have questions about pet first aid, what to put in your kit, or what to do in a potential pet emergency? We’d love to help!

Stop by King Duke’s in Beaverton, Oregon orget in touch with us online.


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in News

man walking dog on portland trail
The 10 Best Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Portland

January 05, 2021 6 min read

Portland has some amazing hiking trails! Find out which trails are dog friendly, on or off-leash, & closest to you. Here's a list of hiking trails for dogs.
christmas gift for dog from owner
25 Cute Christmas Gifts for Dogs, Cats & Owners

November 24, 2020 6 min read

Find cute Christmas & holiday-themed gifts for dogs & cats! These Christmas pet toys, treats, collars, outfits, & stocking stuffers make the perfect gifts!
family with dog on thanksgiving
5 Important Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips You Should Know

November 02, 2020 4 min read

Can dogs eat turkey? Find out everything you need to know to make sure your pet stays safe this Thanksgiving. Get thanksgiving pet safety tips here.