Want to make a DIY first aid kit for your dog?
It’s easier than you think. Take a few minutes to put it together so you’re prepared for emergencies.
Our boxer has been a part of our family for seven years. It seems like there has been an emergency at least once a year. He’s gotten loose, we’ve found out he is allergic to bees, he’s fallen down the stairs and sprained his leg.
Our pets are as accident prone as ourselves. Because of this, you can never be too prepared for an emergency.
This is especially true when bringing home a new pet, moving, or during holidays. Each year when fireworks start to go off both our dogs go crazy.
Having an emergency kit for our pets has been a life saver.
Check out the video, then read on for what to put in yours!
DIY First Aid Kit for Your Dog
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Making a DIY pet first aid kit is easy, inexpensive, and you can fill it with things you actually need. All you have to do is organize the items in a box and place it in a cool dry place.
Check out the supplies we used to make our kit.
- Plastic storage box about the size of a shoe box
- Gauze Pads
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Antibacterial Cleansing Wet Wipes
- Pill Pouch Treats
- Rubbing Alcohol Pads of Spray
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Paper Medical Tape
- Roll Gauze
- Instant Cold Compress
- Hydrocortisone Cream
- Cloth Bandage Wrap (or Self Adhesive Wrap)
- Pet Nail Clippers
- Pet Nail File
- Important Papers (vaccine records, license, microchip information, contact info for vet, pet hospital, animal control, etc)
- Permanent Markers to Decorate
Decorating the box is pretty self-explanatory and totally up to you how to you want to do it. I used permanent markers to write on the white lid so I can easily identify my DIY first aid kit for dogs versus my “human” kit.
We filled our box with first aid supplies that are pretty universal, but you may want to add to it depending on where you live.
If ticks are common in your area, try adding tools/medicine to remove ticks.
We also added important papers to the first aid box. These can be originals or copies, but having the papers in the kits saves time and stress if your dog gets loose. There is no need to search through files for microchip information.