Dog owners can treat minor injuries for their pets if they have the appropriate remedies, tools, and equipment on hand. Assemble the items into a pet-specific consolidated kit so that it is readily available when the crisis occurs. The following items are suggested contents:


  • Muzzle
  • “Elizabethan” collar (a/k/a “e-collar” or “cone”)
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Blunt-end bandage scissors
  • Pet first aid book/chart
  • Card containing dosage notes, based on your dog’s weight, for all oral medicines


  • Sterile, non-stick gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls
  • Gauze rolls
  • 2″ wide self-cling bandage
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringe

Topical Medications

  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion or spray
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone 1% cream
  • Anti-Fungal cream (OTC cream for athlete’s foot, jock itch, or yeast infections)
  • Sterile saline solution

Oral Medications

  • Children’s aspirin (81 mg)
  • Pepto Bismal tablets
  • Benadryl capsules (25 mg)
  • Panacur worming powder
  • Hydrogen peroxide, unopened! (to induce vomiting)

For educational purposes only. This information is not intended as medical advice and can never replace medical care and treatments.