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You can go into almost any pet store in the UK, especially the big chains, and see first aid kits for your dog.

Is there anything specifically required for a dog first aid kit, or will a human first aid kit cover what is needed for a dog as well?

  • TBH, I don't really rate human first aid kits (off the shelf one's anyway). It's much better and cheaper to build your own. – user2766 Dec 17 '15 at 9:14
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    @Liam oh I know that, that's not the question. We have our first aid kit, but if the dog recommended ones are basically the same as a humans, why make up two? That's the info I'm after. – Aravona Dec 17 '15 at 9:20
  • Is this for a home kit, or to carry if you're hillwalking with a dog (for instance?) – Roddy Dec 17 '15 at 14:59
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    @Roddy for hiking. Sorry I did include the tag but didn't specify :) – Aravona Dec 17 '15 at 15:00
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They are often basically the same but there are often three additional items listed:

  • tick tweezers
  • louse-comb
  • foldable cone (to be preferred), muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (its wounds etc.)

Especially the tick tweezers seems to be pretty useful of course.


Other pet-specific supplies to assume

  • Pet first-aid book
  • Phone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic (along with directions!) and a poison-control center or hotline
  • Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other important medical records and a current photo of your pet (in case he gets lost)
  • Nylon leash
  • Self-cling bandage (bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur—available at pet stores and from pet-supply catalogs)
  • Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (don't use this if your pet is vomiting, choking, coughing or otherwise having difficulty breathing)
  • I assume the muzzle is to prevent the dog from biting a wound more than anything else? – Aravona Dec 17 '15 at 9:02
  • @Aravona Of course :) – OddDeer Dec 17 '15 at 9:11
  • A "cone" would do a similar task – user2766 Dec 17 '15 at 9:13
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    You can get soft one's the fold up quite small. Depends on the size of your dog (bigger dog -> bigger cone) too. Our's probably packs down to 3"long. Easy to slide down the side of a pack – user2766 Dec 17 '15 at 9:18
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    The muzzle is also useful to prevent your dog from biting someone else that may be assisting - while you may trust your dog not to bite you even if he's injured (that's probably misplaced trust if the dog is in serious pain), when your dog suffers a painful broken leg, do you do you trust him to not bite the stranger that volunteered to help you to carry him off the trail? – Johnny Dec 17 '15 at 16:04
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I just looked at a typical UK "Pet First Aid Kit" here.

http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/dog/dog-healthcare/dog-first-aid/first-aid-box-for-pets

Contents are...

Each pack contains 24 pieces all designed with the care of your pet in mind, including:

  • 2 x 20ml Pods of Saline - to wash away dirt and debris from your pet's eyes and other areas;
  • 2 x Medium Dressing Bandages with Ties - to cover an injury;
  • 1 x Foil Blanket - to retain body warmth and help combat shock;
  • 5 x Gauze Swabs - for cleaning up fluid or after saline use;
  • 1 x Microporous Tape - to help hold dressings in place;
  • 1 x Conforming Bandage - for use with suspected sprained joints;
  • 2 x Pairs of Latex Gloves;
  • 4 x Plastic Pouches - to cover foot injuries and help keep them clean;
  • 4 x Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes - to clean wounds;
  • 1 x Scissors;
  • 1 x Tweezers.

All in all, remarkably similar to a standard human kit. The pouches for foot injuries are the only interesting addition - Your dog doesn't wear boots, so a foot injury is going to get filthy without something like this - although you could reasonably improvise something.

I'd just double check my 'human' kit, and make sure I have enough to cope with both a dog and a human injury.

Side note: LATEX gloves? No, get nitrile ones instead. I don't think dogs can be allergic to latex, but who knows who you're going to treat...?

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    This is really good info, and yeah my friend has dog boots in her first aid kit! And that was in fact the exact store that sprung the question as we go there weekly :) – Aravona Dec 17 '15 at 15:13
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Depending on the size of your dog you should also consider getting some larger bandages - A Labrador is very large around compared to a human leg. Also I would suggest some plastic bags - They can be used in conjunction with the self cling bandages over a leg, foot or tail wound. Also, as in a human, for penetrating or sucking wounds.

Something for stings as well such as piriton liquid (Dogs are great at biting wasps) and the liquid is easier to get down them if the sting is in the mouth or throat. Make sure you know the dose for your particular dog though (your vet should be able to advise) - This is only for an emergency where you cannot get to a vet in time.

For ticks and other such nasties I keep tea-tree oil which I put on before removal as well as after - ticks are not keen on it and some will withdraw into themselves which helps with removal.

If you have scissors in your pack - make sure they are of the rounded end type = not just the tops rounded but both parts. A dog will not always hold still and it is so easy to jab by accident.

I really hope you never have to try any of these items out!

  • We'd always have poo bags which would work for our size dog but actually the plastic bag idea is really good. – Aravona Dec 17 '15 at 10:30

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