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Building your Emergency kits – Article #2

November 29, 2008

It is important to be prepared for any emergency large or small. You should have a mobile first aid/medical kit for your family and your canine/feline/equine family. This article will address 3 types of kits. Now these kits meet the needs of our family – it is up to you to decide what you need in your emergency kits. This article is to get you thinking about your own emergency supplies and kits. I hope these articles help you in organizing and getting “Prepared for Anything”.

These kits can be purchased or you can choose to make them yourself which is what Bear and I have done. This way, Bear and I can customize to our families needs.

Our first kit that we built was a basic first aid and medical kit.

In our kit we have the following:
In indelible ink in a plastic ziplock – Sharpie, a paper with the following numbers:
Our own names, phone numbers, and address
Dr.’s numbers
Hospital number
Pharmacy number
Poison Control Hotline number: 1-800-222-1222
Emergency contact numbers
1 Box of assorted bandaids
1 Box of Large bandaids
1 Gauze Pads 3″ X 3″ 10/bx
1 Gauze Pads 4″ X 4″ 10/bx
1 Roller Gauze, 2 inch X 5yd
1 Roller Gauze, 3 inch X 5yd
1 package burn bandages
1 Non-Stick Pads 2″ X 3″ 15/bx
1 roll of paper tape (I’m allergic to the other type of tape)
1 First Aid Antiseptic 3 oz
1 Burn Relief cream 3oz
1 ziplock with Q-tips
1 Ace Bandage
1 Small Ice Pack (this is the kind you can break and it start to get cold very quickly)
1 Large Ice Pack
1 Hot Pack (these work the same way you pop them and they heat up)
1 Xtra Strength Non-Asprin bottle – Tylenol or storebrand – use your coupons
1 Ibuprofen bottle – use your coupons to get a bottle.
1 box of Cold/Sinus such as Tylenol
1 bag of cough drops such as Hall’s (I got mine for free combining coupons and sales)
1 Chloraseptic throat spray
1 Antacid Tablets
1 small bottle of eye wash – we use my contact solution
1 Ammonia Inhalants 10/bx
1 Tri-Cut Tape White Cloth Roll
1 Non-Stick Pads 2″ X 3″ 15/bx
1 Cramp Tablets
1 Anti-Diarrheal caplets
1 bottle Pepto Bismal
1 bottle Milk of Magnesia
1 digital Thermometer
1 rectal thermometer
10 Antiseptic Wipes
10 Alcohol Prep Pads
5 Antimicrobial Twlts
2 bottles of antimicrobial hand sanitizer
1 tube of Neosporin ointment (I get the one with pain reliever in it)
1 tube Hydrocortisone
1 tube burn relief gel
1 jar of carmex
1 tube of orajel
1 bottle of Visine Pure Tears (Free by stacking coupons at Walgreens)
1 Tweezers (I got mine free with coupon at K-mart Double Days)
1 Kit Scissors
2 Solar Blankets
1 box of rubber gloves
1 First Aid Guide Book (Can find these online anywhere)
I bought a nice tool box that was at a garage sale for $2.00 that everything fits into very nicely. This is something that if we had to leave I could just pick up and take with us at a moments notice.


This is a small kit that we keep in the vehicle with our emergency roadside kit which I will cover in the next article.


We then made a first aid Kit for the Canine family members which has been a great help in keeping their items organized and in one place.

When we travel with our dogs this kit goes with us – I do not keep it in the car all the time due to temperature variations.

Listed below are the items that we have in our First aid Kit – this might look like a lot of items but when an accident occurs, these items could help save your animal.

Our first aid and medical kit for our canines contain the following:

plastic ziplock containing – Sharpie ink pen, a paper written in indelible ink w/following numbers: Our own names, phone numbers, and address
The name, age, breed, sex, identification (such as microchipping information)
List any health problems and a copy of your pet vaccination records. Photo of each pet in case it is needed for ID or other purposes.
Veterinarian number
Vet Hospital number
Vet Emergency number
Poison Control Hotline number: 1-800-222-1222
Emergency contact numbers
Animal first aid book such as
The First Aid Companion For Dogs and Cats, Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook
CPR instructions Click to access the instructions.
Kit Supplies:
1 Scissors – I have a both blunt tip and sharp tip
1 Tweezers – I used a coupon and got a free pair – slant tip not the rounded kind
1 Sterile needle (to remove splinters and tick heads)
3 12cc syringe with no needle (for administering medications, feeding, flushing wounds)
1 Rubber gloves
1 Stethescope
1 Nail clippers
1 box of Ear wipes
1 box of Anti-itch wipes
1 bottle of ear cleaner
1 Rectal thermometer (normal body temperature of dogs and cats is 100.5 to 102.5 F; take your pet’s temperature under normal conditions to get a baseline for comparison in case he gets sick or injured)
1 Disposable safety razor (for shaving fur from around a wound)
2 Blankets (We use a solar blanket that is folded up very small and are economical)
2 Bandannas and/or nylon stocking (many uses, including muzzling or securing a torn earflap)
2 pair of baby socks (to cover wounded paws or to protect so you won’t need to treat)
10 3×3 sterile gauze pads
2 Rolled gauze (for bandaging, stabilizing joints, making a muzzle)
1 Adhesive first aid tape (in narrow and wide widths)
1 Cotton rolled
1 small bag of Cotton balls
4 rolls Vet wrap, which sticks to itself but not fur.
10 – 15 Anti-bacterial wipes or pads
1 small bag of Q-tips
2 Hot/cold pack (same as for humans – see above human kit)
1 bottle of Hydrogen peroxide 3% USP (to induce vomiting and to use on infected wounds)
10-5 Activated charcoal tablets (effective in absorbing many toxics)
1 small bottle – Betadine solution (a type of antiseptic iodine medicine for wounds to deter infection – I get a large bottle and split it among the canine and equine kit)
1 tube Neosporin or Antibiotic ointment – I get the pain relief neosporin
1 bottle Rubbing alcohol (apply on skin as body cooling agent to aid heat stroke or fever; helps break down oils; acts as a drying agent between toes and skin folds; but do not use on wounds as it can damage skin and is not an appropriate antiseptic)
1 Bag Balm (especially useful for treating paw pads – love this stuff)
1 Petroleum jelly (helpful aid for taking temperature)
1 Sterile saline eye solution (to flush out eye contaminants and wounds – we use contact solution)
1 Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing (Please check with your vet)
1 Eye ointment with no cortisone (Please check with your vet)
1 Epsom salt (mix 1 teaspoon in 2 cups of warm water for drawing out infection and bathing itchy paws and skin)
1 Baking soda (good for soothing skin conditions)
1 Styptic powder (to stop bleeding of torn toenails, etc.)
1 Milk of magnesia (for stomach upset and certain types of poison ingestion)
1 Pepto Bismol (for stomach upset and some types of poison ingestion; do not give to cats)
1 Benadryl (for bug bites and stings and other allergic reactions. Use plain Benadryl, not the other formulas. Dosage every 8 hours – Dogs under 30 lbs and Cats : 10 mg, Dogs 30-50 lbs: 25 mg, Dogs over 50 lbs: 50 mg)
1 Gentle pet sedative such as Rescue Remedy -Rescue Remedy is a Bach flower essence available in most health food stores. This gentle, natural stress reducing liquid can often help both people and animals recover from injury, fright, illness, travel fatigue and irritation. Put a drop in your water bottle and in their water. To help prevent travel sickness, a common dosage is four drops in the mouth about ten hours before the trip, repeating every four hours as needed. For stressed or injured animals, rub a drop on their ear or put a drop on the towel in their crate or carrier. Flower essences can be used along with conventional medicine. I use Rescue Remedy and it really does help calm them down.
1 bottle baby Aspirin (for dogs only, 1 tablet per 10 pounds; do not use acetaminophen or ibuprofen; do not give aspirin to cats; since aspirin and other pain relievers can be toxic to any pet, consult your vet and first aid books)
Can of soft pet food (can help reduce the effect of a poisoning)
1 Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid such as Dawn (to clean contaminated skin or sticky substances)
10 Plastic baggies
1 Muzzle (an injured or scared animal may try to bite)
1 Nylon leashPet crate or carrier (a safe, calming place for your pet and a safe way to transport)
10 Treats containing sugar (if your pet suffers hypoglycemic or low glucose episode)
1 Penlight (to check for pupil response to lights – note normal pupil response is to constrict when exposted to light.)

I was able to find a nice tool box at a garage sale that everthing fits in and we can just pick it up and go.

We based our kit on the suggestions of Paw-Rescue organization. Click here to get their full list and information on emergencies

If you prefer to purchase a ready-made kit, good choices include:
Medi+ Pet Deluxe First Aid Kit
The Hiker First Aid Kit for Canines


Bear and I have two Kits – one for our trailer and one for the barn. Luckily we had it stocked because I had to administer a Banamine Shot to Diva last night as she was showing signs of Colic.

plastic ziplock containing – Sharpie ink pen, a paper written in indelible ink w/following numbers:Our own names, phone numbers, and address
Name, age, breed, sex, identification marks – brands, scars
List any health problems and a copy of your Equine vaccination/coggins records.
Photo of each pet in case it is needed for ID or other purposes.
Veterinarian numberVet Hospital number
Vet Emergency number
Poison Control Hotline number: 1-800-222-1222Emergency contact numbers
Animal first aid book and articles such as
Equine Emergency Bible
Dr. Kellons Guide to First Aid for Horses
4-6 sheet cottons
40 4″ x 4″ gauze pads
4 roll brown gauze
10 rolls Vetrap
4 roll self-adhesive elastic
1 bottle Hydrogen Peroxide
1 bottle of alcohol
1 box of rubber gloves
1 Stethescope
10-15 Alcohol swabs
1 bottle Antiseptic solution for killing bacterial organisms and cleansing tissues.
1 Box (50) 12 cc needleless syringes – Monoject
1 Box (50) 20 cc needleless syringes – Monoject (Use to flush wounds with Betadyne solution or administer shots)
15-20 1 1/2 18 guage hypo-dermic needles – for shots – I like the monoject needles
Equine rectal thermometer, with string/clip – can be regular or digital
1 bottle of Saline solution (bottle of saline designed for contact-lens wearers)
1 Antibiotic ophthalmic solution – check with your vet
1 bottle Banamine – Vet Rx – Reduces inflammation/pain – effective for colic
1 tube of Banamine Paste
1 bottle Phenylbutazone (“bute”) – Vet Rx – Reduces inflammation for musculoskeletal injuries – 1-2 tablets/day
1 tube of banamine paste
1 bottle of Equine Sedative (please discuss with your vet) Vet Rx
1 bottle of Epinephrine – Check with your vet on proper dosages
1 tube Electrolytes such as JUG
Snakebite kit
Provides items necessary for handling a snakebite.
Two 6″ lengths of garden hose
1 can Granulex V
1 tube antibiotic ointment
1 jar of Furazone ointment
1 bottle of Wonder Dust
1 bag of flour in plastic bag – for larger wounds can help stop bleeding.
1 bottle betadine solution
2 small bottles of antimicrobial hand sanitizer
1 halter and leadrope
cordless clippers
2 pair of scissors – 1 sharp point and one blunt point
1 pair of medical grade scissors that can cut thick nylon
1 pair of suture remover scissors
1 package of baby diapers – newborn
1 roll of duct tape
1 bottle of Sole Pac
1 bottle of Thrush medicine
1 hoof pick
1 hoof knife
1 pair of hoof nippers (removing a shoe)
1 hoof file
1 hoof soaking boot
1 container of Epsom salts
4 Solar Blankets

Bear and I found a large rolling tool box at an Estate sale that we purchased for $25.00 that we are able to fit everything into very nicely. I also take advantage of smaller plastic storage containers and label everything with my label machine. We are able to apply basic and intermediate first aid to assess if the vet should be called or if we can handle the emergency.

Our Trailer kit is a smaller version of the above kit and we found a large tool box at Home Depot for $5.00 that works great for our Trailer first aid kit. This tool box is sturdy enough that we can use it as a step stool as well.

Here is what is in our first aid kit for the trailer:

3 syringes predrawn with Banamine – 1 per horse hauled
1 Tube of banamine paste
1 tube of Bute
10 bute tablets.
1 tube of Electrolyte JUG
1 tube of Be Calm – a homeopathic sedative
3 syringe predrawn of ACE (sedative) – 1 per horse hauled
4 rolls of vet wrap
2 sheet cottons
10 4″ x 4″ gauze pads
1 roll brown gauze
10 rolls Vetrap
4 roll self-adhesive elastic
1 bottle Hydrogen Peroxide
1 bottle of alcohol
1 box of rubber gloves
10-15 Alcohol swabs1 bottle Antiseptic solution for killing bacterial organisms and cleansing tissues.
6-8 12 cc or 20 cc needleless syringes (Use to flush wounds with Betadyne solution or administer shots)
10 needles for shots
1 hoof pic
1 hoof knife
1 hoof nipper
1 roll of duct tape
1 small package of diapers (newborn)
1 tweezers
3 scissors – 1 blunt tip, 1 sharp tip, 1 medical grade able to cut through nylon halter.
1 bottle of wound stop
1 bag of flour in plastic bag – for larger wounds can help stop bleeding.

There you have it – we are “Prepared for Anything” with our emergency First Aid Kits.

Next article will be around your Vehicle Emergency Roadside Kits and Household Tool Kits.


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