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Things You Do Not Have in Your Dog First Aid Kit


Right now there is probably a dog first aid kit of some sort in your apartment, dog supply closet, storage area, or glove box, right? At the very least, there are items in it that generally include gauze pads, swabs, thermometer, tweezers, and some sort of wound care ointment. Those are all fine and dandy and essential to a first aid kit, but do you know about these 7 staples that every dog first aid kit should have in it?

Some of these items are for emergencies and others are for routine maintenance and well-being:

1. Dip the Urine: Seriously, check your dog’s urine from home. I purchase the Siemens Multistix that test for 10 different levels of things in my dog’s urine. If your dog battles urinary tract infections (UTI’s), these strips can be a lifesaver for detecting levels such as pH and blood in the urine in between vet visits. Collect the dog’s urine with a free catch in the morning when it is most concentrated, dip the stick in, wait the time recommendations (2 minutes for most) and then compare against the colors on the bottle. (strips expire and are about $35 for 100 but so worth it – about the same cost as one urinalysis at the vet, so very cost effective).


2. Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE): Wanting a more natural option instead of applying harsh chemicals to Dexter during dastardly flea and tick season, this product has been a ray of light. Thanks to a tip from Carrie from the All Things Dog blog, I sprinkle this safe alternative to package chemicals on Dexter before trekking to the park, on walks or into woodsy areas. These fossilized remains of microscopic shells act as shards of glass to winged critters. I purchased a salt shaker from a local retailer and sprinkle this onto my hand and into his coat. I purchased Food Grade DE from After using it for three months, I’ve yet to see one critter on my dog. Bonus: Word has it that this is a good bedbug deterrent, so I like traveling with it, too. (be sure to get the food grade). Alternatively, you can buy this product ready to roll from DERMagic with their “Flea Dust.”


With Cocker Spaniels having a higher-than average incidence of Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), the less chemicals seeping into my dog’s bloodstream through his skin the better. Here are my favorite three buzz-off flea and tick preventatives from Dexter’s summer testing:

3. Liquid Net for Pets: Containing deterrents such as lemon grass, citronella oil and cedarwood, I use this when we are going to be any heavily wood areas in addition to the DE. I also use it on myself. As a mosquito magnet, I’ve found the season’s blood suckers keep away. The scent is a bit strong at first, but I’ve found it dissipates after a short time. Very effective and love the ability to spray upside down with their neat spritzer bottle. Liquid Net for Pets is something I carry thanks to the portable towelettes.


4. Vetericyn Universal Wound & Infection Treatment Spray is something I’ve been using on Dexter if he has any bug bites or boo boos. What I like about this dog product is that it is odorless, does not rinse off, is a one-step cleaner and dressing, and will not damage healthy tissue on your dog. We used it on an allergic spot on Dexter’s paw and within 2 days, it cleared up. Love.


5. PetClot: I hope I never have to use this, but I’m glad I have it with me (and have one for the human variety of family members, too). This single-use mesh pouch stops bleeding. Should an emergency occur, remove the PetClot from the package, apply pressure to the wound, and the bleeding stops. I’ve actually been on a walk with Dexter at the park where we gave this product to someone whose dog was bleeding profusely from the paw, having just stepped on something. She used it, stopped the bleeding, and was heading to the vet.


6. Tick Key: I have one on my key ring and one in the emergency bag. Using natural forward leverage to remove the entire tick, this is the kind of product that pays for itself the first time you use it.


7. Rescue Remedy for Pets: If you have a dog who fears lightning, fireworks, or loud noises and the anxiety wrap shirts have failed (as they have for me to date), this is a handy product to have in stock. A few droplets in your dog’s water (note: syringe with water), takes the edge off an otherwise panicky situation. Again, check with your veterinarian before administering anything new.

rescue remedy

And my bonus item (and those who read us regularly know we are big time fans):

Musher’s Secret: A barrier, food-grade wax for dog paws/pads that acts as an invisible boot. Developed in Canada for sledding dogs, apply a thin coat on pads and between toes, weekly. It dries in seconds and does not stain, is nontoxic, non-allergenic and ranges from $12-$20 depending on size. Good on hot pavement, sand and sand burn, snow and ice, salt and chemicals. Mushers Secret is a fave of mine.


Do you have a special item that probably isn't in most dog first aid kits or something you'd recommend? Bark at us below in the comments…

(note: we received no compensation for these products – we are just fans, have had successes with them, and like sharing news that dog lovers of the highest order can use).



  1. Ginny Tata-Phillips says

    Benadryl, GasEx and Pepcid AC in ours! Those three human meds are safe for dogs. 1 Mg Benadryl for every lb. of weight is the dose for dogs who may be having an allergic reaction. Everyone knows about Hydrogen Peroxide for inducing vomiting, right?

  2. Jackie Preas says

    Benadryl is one that my vet says I should keep on hand for my little Cocker who loves chasing bees.Can also give half of a pepto bismol caplet to a dog for bad tummy upsets.I must find/get the Flea Dust and the Liquid Net to try as we live in a very wooded area.Great info.Thanks!!!

  3. jenna says

    I LOVE diatomaceous earth!! I sprinkle it in doorways and on the steps from the back yard to the backdoor periodically, as well as on the dogs, to help keep the bugs out of the house.

    I wish I could use Mushers Secret w/Snickers, to help keep the salt on icy sidewalks out of his paws. He hates having his paws messed with though, so putting it on and taking it off was an adventure when we tried it (and not in a good way).

    I think I’ll order a tick key and some pet clot today. Great suggestions. And, I have a suggestion for you… Dr. Harvey’s Organic Healing Cream. (I also keep Diazepam on hand for for my high strung dogs, but that’s maybe not a suggestion for everyone!)

    • Carol Bryant says

      Cool beans, Jenna and thanks. My dog eats Dr. Harvey’s veg-to-bowl and I am totally going to try that organic hand cream. 😉

      • jenna says

        My dogs eat vet-to-bowl as well. I’ve been a die hard Dr. Harvey’s fan for about 8 years now. Snick and I met Dr. Harvey and his wonderful wife, Wendy, 4 years ago and were just blown away by how gracious and knowledgeable they both are.

        • Carol Bryant says

          I have not meant the Harvey’s personally but met different Dr H peeps at trade shows. Very wonderful products indeed, Jenna!

  4. Kimberly Gauthier says

    This is an amazing list. I have a couple of these things, but I’m ordering DE today! I keep hearing about it (actually, reading) and haven’t taken the time to see what it is; now I know. Thanks!

    I’m doing a first aid kit post soon, I’ll definitely be link back to here, because this is amazing information and there are many things I wouldn’t have considered.

    • Carol Bryant says

      Thanks so much, Kimberly. The DE has been a lifesaver and I prefer it so much more than chemicals. A topical shoulder blade application actually burned my last dog’s skin and fried her hair to the point it never grew back. Happy to help and I look forward to seeing your first aid kit post!

  5. BoingyDog says

    Wow! Thanks for this! The only thing I have on this list is Veterycin – I better do a little shopping. It is really wonderful to have, especially with all the places Kayo and I like to explore. Thank you!

  6. Cynthia says

    The Veterycin is a life saver- I use that stuff on everything, with 3 dogs, someone is bound to be into something. If you happen to run out, diluted bleach & water (1cap of bleach to 10 parts water) works well too, I keep a bottle of that in my car. I’ve never heard of that Diatomaceous but I’m going to look for some – tried the rescue remedy, every dog is different, Zoie is just an anxiety case that is unpredictable, Licks works the best on her (valium does NOT work OMG don’t go there)! One of our dogs gets a lot of gas so we give him generic Pepcid AC (10 mg) w/some ham flavored baby food) they all love the baby food, best way to get meds in them. I love the list you put together here, clearly I need to get this stuff, thank you!

  7. Jack Z. Lucas says

    I landed here from keepthetailwagging. Nice extension of her list of Doggie First Aid supplies.

    Thank you both for the nice list.

    Dog Care

  8. Jodi says

    What a great post!! I’m heading over to Amazon to purchase a number of these immediately!! I have tried so many natural flea and tick sprays. Last night I picked the tiniest tick off of Sampson’s ear. Meanwhile Delilah and I are swarmed when we walk in the woods.

    Hubby and I just talked about an emergency kit for the car. On our recent vacation we discovered a compartment over our spare tire well that would be perfect for keeping emergency products. We talked about putting in the Vetericyn, some Vet tape, some old clean socks, and some EMT gel. I’d also suggest a spare leash or collar. You never know when one of those might be needed.

    • Carol Bryant says

      SO happy to help, Jodi. The DE has been a lifesaver – just make sure is the human food grade that you get and keep away from lungs, eyes, ears, etc. It rocks!