K9 First Aid

Seconds matter in an emergency.  There is no time to scramble for emergency items in a crisis.   If you don't yet have a customized dog first aid kit -- consider putting one together.

While nothing replaces your veterinarian, some things can be treated at home, and other treatments may help buy you time to get to the vet.

Ask Me about using Essential Oils for Emergency First Aid -- See our Presentation Here: on Youtube

You may want to consider keeping your dog first aid kit in your CAR if you travel with your pet often for park outings, events, and other activities.

  • Benedryl -- 1mg per pound of weight for allergic reactions.

    • Reserve only for allergic reactions NOT sedative and only in emergencies due to potential side effects with long-term use.

  • Melatonin -- 2-3mg per 30-35 pounds for stress / anxiety

  • Peroxide to induce vomiting (do so ONLY within minutes of dog swallowing foreign object and ONLY if it's not dangerous to come back out.

    • 1 milliliter (ml) of 3% hydrogen peroxide per pound of dog weight, using either the syringe or teaspoon (1 Tsp is 5ML) Do Not exceed 45ML (7 teaspoons no matter how much your dog weighs!)

  • Gas X (especially for dogs prone to bloat)

  • Milk Thistle for anything that may introduce toxins to the body & liver.

  • Slippery Elm for Digestive upset.

  • Eye Wash

  • Saline

  • Petroleum Jelly

  • Triple Antibiotic ointment for minor wounds

  • Hydro cortisone Cream

  • Rubbing Alcohol

  • Pepto Bismol -- dosage is one teaspoon per 20 pounds of weight every 4-6 hours for 24 hours

  • Gauze

  • Sterile / Non-adhesive Pads

  • Vet Wrap / Self-adhering medical wrap

  • Ace Bandages

  • Gloves

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Muzzle

  • Flat Kennel Lead (can be used as emergency muzzle if necessary -- see below)

  • Slip Lead

  • Hemostats

  • Rectal thermometer

  • Ice Pack

  • Water Bottle

  • Splint (old paper towel roll?)

  • Tongue Depressors

  • Blanket

  • Zippy bags

  • Plastic Poop Bags

  • Towels

  • Making an Emergency Muzzle
    With a piece of fabric, nylon leash, approximately 4-6 feet longPlace center of fabric on top of muzzle with ends hanging down each side of face

  • Wrap Around 2 Times -- snug

  • Criss-cross under and wrap around behind next

  • Tie securely

  • Preventing the dog from opening his jaws will help prevent a bite from fear or pain

Created by: American Red Cross

  • Vet Records - easily accessed including the dog's health record, medications, local and national poison control numbers, regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone numbers, and emergency clinic hours and telephone number.

  • A list of your dogs medications and dosages

Phone Numbers:

Emergency Vet:

Family Member:

Poison Control ---  888-426-4435

Take a look at the online app from American Red Cross for your phone

CPR Guide:

first aidDana Brigman