First Aid Kit

Veterinary Medical Association gave these items to police dog handlers at a recent workshop. A home first aid kit needs many of the same items.

Gauze sponges -- 50 four-by-four inch sponges, two per envelope
Triple antibiotic ointment
Rubbing alcohol
Ear syringe -- two ounce capacity
Ace self-adhering athletic bandage -- three-inch width


White petroleum jelly (Vaseline or similar)
Eye wash
Sterile, non-adherent pads
Pepto Bismol tablets
Generic Benadryl capsules -- 25mg, for allergies
Hydrocortisone acetate -- one percent cream
Sterile stretch gauze bandage -- three inches by four yards
Buffered aspirin
Dermicil hypoallergenic cloth tape one inch by 10 yards
Hydrogen peroxide
Kaopectate tablets maximum strength
Bandage scissors
Custom splints
Vet Rap bandage
Other suggested items were:

Rectal thermometer
Ziplock bags
Paperwork, including the dog's health record, medications, local and national
poison control numbers, regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone
numbers, and emergency clinic hours and telephone number.

Don't hesitate to add other items that you feel would be important in your first
aid kit.