Because of all these things, and all the things yet to happen to us, I like to have a fully stocked first aid kit available. Most of the time, the kit stays in the car. At events like lure coursing and dock diving, if I need something out of it, the car is just a short walk away. For hikes, I try to take along at least the basic supplies.
Here is what I carry in my first aid kit. This kit is geared mostly toward dogs, but has essentials for humans as well, and could easily be altered to fit you specific needs.
- Vet Wrap- for all sorts of things from large wounds to foot pad burns to use as rope
- Alcohol prep wipes
- Gauze (either in rolls or packets)
- Waterproof adhesive tape/ Fabric tape (or both)
- Cotton balls
- Thermometer and petroleum jelly (make sure you label the dog thermometer clearly)
- Antibacterial ointment (mine includes benzocaine for pain relief)
- Pads (as in feminine hygiene pads)- useful for women needing one in an emergency, but also as large bandages
- Dog booties- for cuts or burns on the foot to keep them clean, or to protect feet when on sharp snow, ice, or rock, or on hot pavement or rock.
- Ace bandages- great for both people and dogs
- Multi-tool- Mine is a basic Leatherman that includes a knife and other basic options like scissors. Great for cutting bandages or digging out splinters.
- Band-aids- for the people in the group
- Muzzle- dogs can bite when scared or injured. Also good for if you find a dog running loose
- Spare leashes- I have the basic slip kind from vets' offices. They are great as an emergency leash, or as a quick muzzle as well.
- Poop bags- because you can never have too many
- Shampoo- because you never know when your dog will roll in something foul smelling
- Medications- this will depend on you and your dogs (make sure you include clear instructions on indications and dosing with each medication). A list of what I carry is:
- Benadryl- for allergic reactions, or to take just in case, such as when stung by a bee.
- Acepromazine- as an emergency sedative
- Deramaxx - canine pain killer
- Ibuprofen- human pain killer
Basically, that is my kit. I do add some things in there for different events (ask me about how make up sponges save a dog's carpal pads in flyball sometime). I would like to find and be able to add single dose saline capsules for flushing eyes, ears, and wounds. I need to restock my vet wrap, which is running low. I would like to add a small manual on emergency first aid for dogs.
Is anything essential missing from my first aid kit? (I do have my backcountry emergency kit as well, which is a separate kit included when we go on overnight trips or into the wilderness areas.) Anything you didn't think of but now plan on adding? What do you take along in your first aid kit?