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Portable First Aid Kits For Hiking and Dog Parks

While hiking through the woods or playing in a dog park, you do not want to haul around a suitcase for possible pet first aid needs. You want something that fits into a fanny pack or camera case. Since we have limited space, we want many of these items to do double duty.


  1. Emergency muzzle. If we need to use the kit, your pet is probably in pain. Protect yourself. Any pet in pain, can and will bite.™ You can fashion a muzzle out of two shoestrings tied together, a lead, a belt or a tie. Just don’t use anything made out of wire as that will cut into a pets snout. For dogs with pushed in faces such as pugs or shih tzus, you can wrap the face with a sweater, towel, shirt, etc. Or you can buy one that fits your pet from any petstore.
  2. Roll of gauze or vet wrap. 
  3. Gauze pads. Leave them in the sealed bag until you are ready to use them.
  4. Bandanas. You can splint leg injuries with them or use them as slings to help carry out injured pets.
  5. Travel size sterile eye wash in a sealed bottled. Unsealed bottles are no longer sterile and have a way of becoming empty bottles. It can be used to flush out eye irritants and wounds. Bottled water is not sterile water.
  6. A Snout-To-Tail assessment form. It’s a good idea to do an assessment prior to strenous activity. You can determine beforehand if there are any injuries that may be exacerbated by exercise. Do an assessment after exercise to check for ticks, burrs or any injuries that occurred during your outing that went unnoticed. You can request a form at [email protected].
  7. Travel size hydrogen peroxide. It can be used to induce vomiting.
  8. Small bottle of Novalsan to clean out wounds. You can buy a bottle at your veterinarian’s office. It doesn’t damage surrounding tissue like rubbing alcohol does.
  9. A laminated photo of you WITH your dog. It will establish ownership should you become separated and someone else finds them. 
  10. Liquid gel antihistamine and a safety pin. The fastest way to get an antihistamine into your pet’s system in case of an allergic reaction, is to poke a hole into the liquid gel cap and squirt directly onto the tongue. Ask your veterinarian for proper dosing for your pet. 
  11. A plastic card such as an old library card or any of the dozens you receive in junk mail. They have two uses. One is to flick out bee stingers. The second is for pad injuries. They are the perfect size for dog feet. 
  12. Antibiotic cream.
  13. Bandaids for you.
  14. Fold up water container. Some can fold up as small as a credit card. Water is important to prevent dehydration.
  15. Constricting band. Very important if you hike in areas with poisonous snakes.
  16. LED light that are made for keychains. You can put them on their collars so they are easier to see in the dark.


Learn how to use the items in your kit by taking a pet first aid class. Minutes matter in an emergency. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. To learn more about pet first aid visit me at



Chris S

Excellent post Mary!

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