What to Keep in Your Dog’s First Aid Kit

By Gina Spadafori, Marty Becker

Part of Dogs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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