As much as people don’t want to think that they need to be ready for an emergency it is something that we should prepare for. Most people have a first aid kit for their family, but do you have one for your dog? If you are stuck in a bad situation, here are some items you should always include in your dog emergency kit.

Your Veterinarian’s address and phone number.

Your veterinarian has all your pet’s medical records, so having the information written down means you always have access to it in case you need it.

The closest 24 hour emergency hospital

Not all veterinarians are open 24/7 so knowing where the nearest emergency hospital is can save you precious time. In certain parts of the country, these can be 1-2 hours away so it is important to know where you have to get and how long it will take you.

Poison control center number  

The ASPCA pet poison control is 800-426-4435.  If you have a microchip that is registered yearly with homeagain this service is free.  Otherwise, it is about a $60 charge.

Extra medication

If your dog has any health issues write it on a piece of paper and what medications are needed. It is always a good idea to keep extra medication for your dog in the emergency kit that way he will never go without it.

An extra collar and leash

You never know when yours will break. This is also good just in case you come across another dog that doesn’t have a leash.

Hydrogen Peroxide and a turkey baster

If your dog eats something they are not supposed to and you have to make them vomit then this is something that will come in handy. Since it is weight based I would call your veterinarian to find out exactly how much to give.

An antibacterial ointment

For the scrapes and cuts if one occurs.

Benadryl

Talk to your veterinarian about dosage for your dog. Remember to only give regular Benadryl. Benadryl, or any over the counter medication, that contains a decongestant is toxic to dogs.

Disposable gloves

Gloves are always a good idea incase you have to touch something that should remain clean or are touching something when you want to keep your hands somewhat clean.

Tweezers

These come in handy especially to remove ticks.

Sterile saline solution

Saline solution is great especially for eyes when they are red and irritated or flushing out wounds.

Nail clippers

Ask your veterinarian how to clip your dog’s nails.  Learning this simple task will help your pet’s nails not get too long.  If they get too long they can break or grow into their pads.

When making your emergency kit for your dog always note the expiration dates of all products. If the date is approaching don’t forget to replenish it. By having this in a kit for your dog, they will be as prepared as possible in case of an emergency.