Building Your Dog’s First Aid Kit for Hiking With Your Dog
While you may be pulling out your winter clothes, November is hiking season in Arizona. The weather is finally cool enough to enjoy our trails. Our dogs are looking forward to coming along to stretch their legs too. No matter what time of year you hike, it’s important to be prepared especially if you bring your dog. Hikers are usually prepared with water and food for themselves and their furry friends. However, pet parents sometimes forget to pack a first aid kit for their dog. Below is a list of first aid products for a DIY dog first aid kit. Keep everything in a waterproof bag and have a designated storage place inside your car so that it is not forgotten. Be sure to check it often and replace missing or expired items as needed.
Keep your dog safe and secure during treatment:
- Protective E-Collar
- A slip lead
Wound care supplies:
- 2-3 Packs of Self-Adhering Wraps
- Wound Spray
- Liquid Bandage
- Alcohol Wipes
Other useful items:
- Oral Syringe
- Saline or Eye Wash
- Cotton Swabs
- Styptic Powder
Once you have your first aid kit and are ready to go, let someone know where you are hiking and an approximate time you will be back.
If you are concerned about your dog’s health or symptoms worsen or do not improve, please seek contact your veterinarian to rule out a more serious medical problem.
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