It's been two months since I was certain 'R' Blood on the Track Boys and I would be driving across the country at the end of May. That means it's been two months since I began researching and putting together an all-inclusive Dog First Aid Kit. And I just finished putting it together yesterday. Yeah. It truly was that difficult. I really thought I could just buy a good kit or at least one that was simple to add on to. I sure was wrong! Hopefully, in sharing what I have learned, the following first aid kit tips, trials and tribulations, you and your fit dog will be able to put together a good first aid kit for your outdoor activity or travel needs.
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Basically, what I did was put together a "best of" first aid kit from lists of all the experts, the brilliant Amazon reviewer (linked above) and what is listed in the Dog First Aid: A Field Guide: Emergency Care for the Hunting, Working, and Outdoor Dog as well as a few things I knew would keep us safe. The absolute essential first aid items of the modified Outdoor First Aid Kit are packed with easy access as a first response kit or a portable first aid kit for hikes. The rest of the first aid kit is meant to stay in the car or whatever our home-base is. I have made this complete dog first aid kit with the knowledge that we Nomads may, at times, be several hours from veterinary care. This might not be the case for you now or ever, so you can definitely tailor your dog first aid kit to suit your needs.
Not only was putting together a complete dog first aid kit extremely time consuming, it was also ridiculously expensive. I absolutely hope that the over $300 spent on this dog first aid kit is money spent on stuff that we absolutely never, ever use. That's a weird feeling after spending so much money. Then again, peace of mind is priceless as is the safety of our pets.
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.
Stay safe out there, Fit Dogs!