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    Making a First Aid Kit for Your Dog
    Holly Frisby, DVM, MS
    Veterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.

    Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. A smaller kit could be used in the car. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:

    Important phone numbers
    Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic
    Emergency clinic phone number and directions
    Poison control center phone numbers

    Equipment and supplies
    Muzzle, or roll of gauze for making a muzzle
    Magnifying glass
    Scissors
    Tweezers
    Nail clippers and metal nail file
    Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch
    Penlight
    Nylon slip leash
    Eye dropper or oral syringe
    Cotton swabs
    Cotton balls
    Clean towels - cloth and paper
    Rectal thermometer
    Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)
    Disposable gloves
    Syringes of various sizes
    Needle-nose pliers or hemostats
    Grease-cutting dish soap
    Bitter Apple or other product to discourage licking
    Pet carrier
    Towel or blanket to use as a stretcher, another to keep your dog warm during transport (some pharmacies and camping outlets carry a thermal blanket)
    Cold packs and heat packs (wrap in towel before using)
    Stethoscope
    Bandaging materials
    Square gauze of various sizes - some sterile
    Non-stick pads
    First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin) and adhesive types
    Bandage rolls - gauze and Vetwrap
    Band-Aids (for humans)

    Nutritional support
    Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte
    Nutritional supplement such as Nutri-Cal, Vitacal, or Nutristat
    High sugar source: Karo syrup or honey

    Medicines*
    Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Nolvasan
    Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
    Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin
    Eye wash solution
    Sterile saline
    Antidiarrheal medicine such as Pet Pectate
    Buffered or canine aspirin
    Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions
    Cortisone spray or cream, such as Itch Stop
    Ear cleaning solution
    Hydrogen peroxide (used to make a dog vomit)
    Activated charcoal to absorb ingested poisons (consult your veterinarian before using)

    *Watch the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed.

    � 2001 Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
    Reprinted as a courtesy and with permission from PetEducation.com
    (http://www.PetEducation.com)
    On-line store at http://www.DrsFosterSmith.com
    Free pet supply catalog: 1-800-323-4208 

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