Always keep the following items handy in case your dog needs minor medical attention. It's best to even create a special first-aid bag or medicine chest exclusively for your dog:

  • Adhesive tape

  • Benadryl antihistamine

  • Betadine antiseptic

  • Buffered aspirin

  • Cotton swabs, balls, and rolls

  • Eye wash

  • Forceps or tweezers

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Kwik Stop powder

  • Scissors

  • Sterile gauze, both rolls and pads

  • Syringe with the needle removed (for giving liquid medication)

  • Syrup of Ipecac

  • Thermometer

  • Tranquilizers (as prescribed by your veterinarian)

  • Triple antibiotic cream or ointment

  • Vet Wrap padded bandages

  • Water-based lubricating jelly, such as K-Y