Dog First Aid - Helpful Items to Keep at Home

It's important to have a first aid kit for your dog. You never know when you'll need it and be glad to have it when your best friend has an accident.

Here's our recommended list of Dog First Aid Kit items:

All products are linked for easy purchase.

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#1. Keep a list of your veterinarian's contact information.

Also note the nearest 24hr ER vet clinic in case your vet is not available 24/7. We recommend having this on paper - you never know when your phone might run out of juice.

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#2. Keep a list of bad food for dogs.

If you think your dog has eaten dangerous food or been poisoned, call your vet or the Pet Poison Hotline immediately.

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#3. Tweezers.

You'll especially need tweezers if your dog gets a tick. Our post on Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs shows how to use tweezers to pull out a tick.

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#4. Kwik-Stop Styptic Gel

Forms an instant gel barrier to stop minor bleeding fast, i.e. especially for bleeding caused by clipping nails and minor cuts.

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#5. Antiseptic + Antifungal Spray

Specifically formulated to help speed the healing process of cuts, scrapes, and minor abrasions. It's a gentle, cleansing formula that does not contain alcohol and will not sting.

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#6. Bandages

Need a band-aid for your dog, but it's hard to find one that fits? PawFlex Bandages is a line of bandages just for dogs. PawFlex bandages are a disposable non adhesive fur friendly super stretch all in one bandage that maintains a secure comfortable natural fit. The PawFlex sizes and designs are created for specific sized dogs and specific wound-care areas.

Alternatively, stock some gauze pads and rolls.

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#7. Dog cone

You probably already have one from your vet when your dog was spayed or neutered. The vet typically has them in clear plastic or a soft collar version. Last time we needed a collar for our dog Kobi, a Havanese, we used a different kind of collar - an inflatable collar from BENCMATE. It seemed to fit our dog much better and he was less annoyed with it than the other collars we tried.

We hope your pet says safe and in case of an accident, remember to call your vet asap!

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