Knowledge about the need to have a complete first aid kit for dogs has definitely increased around the pet community since I began my search for the perfect first aid kit last year. Yet there is still no commercially made pet first aid kit that has everything necessary to be prepared for a multitude of emergencies with dogs. There are dog first aid kits that have some of what is needed for a wound but not everything. While other kits have a few items that could save your dogs life in case of poisoning but still not everything. I continue to be confident that my choice for a do-it-yourself dog first aid kit was the best way to be prepared for any pet emergency. I included everything in my pet first aid kit as recommended by The Humane Society, the AVMA, Vet Medicine at About.com, the Red Cross and Dog First Aid: A Field Guide: Emergency Care for the Hunting, Working, and Outdoor Dog. The first aid kit I made has many human first aid items as well. Perhaps my favorite part of my complete dog first aid kit is that it is a perfect travel kit that includes a smaller, portable hiking or first response kit. In preparation for spring travel season, I recently went through my canine first aid kit, checked expiration dates (items in bold) and added a few new items (items underlined.) So while you cannot buy a perfectly complete dog first aid kit, you can make one. Here's how:
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* Items inside the modified Outdoor First Aid Kit/small orange soft pouch. Please click this link to see what came in the original Outdoor First Aid Kit. All of those items are a part of our kit with the exception of non-aspirin and scissors. The modified kit weighs 2.8lbs.
Always consult a veterinarian about the nature of your dogs specific first aid needs and physical limitations. We are not veterinarians or experts and are just sharing what we hope are helpful dog first aid kit tips. The Cascadian Nomads highly recommend taking a pet first aid and CPR class before going on any excursion where administering pet first aid may be necessary.