First Aid Kit
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Dog owners can treat minor injuries for their pets if they have the appropriate remedies, tools, and
equipment available. The following items were included in a first aid kit that the Cincinnati Veterinary
Medical Association gave 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:

Blanket

Tweezers

Muzzle

Hemostats

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.
What's in
Your
Bag?