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A Doggy First-Aid Kit
Adapted from "Best Hikes with Dogs in Western Washington" by Dan A. Nelson, published by The Mountaineers Books

Anyone heading into the wild with a canine companion should carry the following essentials. Some of them are the same you would carry for yourself:


  • Scissors/bandage scissors
  • Toenail clippers
  • Rectal thermometer (Note: A healthy dog should show a temperature of 101 when taken rectally)
Cleansers and disinfectants:
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Betadine
  • Canine eyewash (available at any large pet supply store)
Topical antibiotics and ointments (non-prescription):
  • Calamine lotion
  • Triple antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin, Neomycin, or Polymyxin)
  • Baking soda (for bee stings)
  • Vaseline
  • Styptic powder
  • Enteric-coated or buffered aspirin
  • Imodium-AD
  • Pepto-Bismol or other antacid
Dressings and bandages:
  • Gauze pads (4-inches square)
  • Gauze roll
  • Non-stick pads
  • Adhesive tape (1-inch and 2-inch rolls)
  • Tweezers
  • Muzzle
  • Dog boots
  • Any prescription medication your dog needs

For extended trips, consult your vet about any other medications or instruments that may be needed in an emergency situation, including: oral antibiotics, eye medications, ear medications, emetics (to induce vomiting), pain medications and anti -inflammatories, and needle and suture for large open wounds.

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