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First Aid Kit for Dogs

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Like for humans, dogs may require first aid treatment at least once in their life. It is important to be prepared and have the right equipment on hand when something happens to your dog.

In case of emergency, you want to be able to reduce the pain and discomfort of your dog and save his life.

The first thing to do is to have a dedicated container to store your supplies. The container must be waterproof and labelled especially for your dog’s first aid kit as you don’t want to mix the supplies with the kit for humans. read more

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First Aid Kit for Animal Rescue

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My good friend Christina from SPEAK For Animals has put a list of first aid items needed when rescuing animals. This is a great list very useful to all wildlife carers and those involved in rescuing animals during natural disasters.

Health & Safety:

  • High-visibility vest
  • Compass, for finding your way out of the bush, or for directing others in
  • Heavy gloves – for handling animals that may bite or scratch
  • Disposable gloves – for protection from germs, bacteria, disease: (eg: Lyssivirus)
  • Cap and sunscreen (sun protection)
  • Beanie and fleecy mittens (cold protection, eg: night rescues)
  • Portable reflectors to position on roads


  • Wire cutters, for releasing animals entangled in fences
  • Bolt cutters, for emergency entry into property, or across property boundaries
  • Torch, headlamp, portable spotlight
  • Binoculars


  • Cat dry bits, dog kibble, eg: for attracting animals, for building confidence
  • Pony gumnuts for herbivores, eg: for ponies, goats, wallabies
  • Applesauce, eg: to assist with administering oral medications

Restraints & control devices:

  • Hessian bag, eg: to cover the head of a large animal, or to hold a snake
  • Rope, lead rope, muzzle, twitch, etc.

Assessment items:

  • Digital thermometer, spare batteries, tool to change batteries, lubricant, cleaner.
  • Stethoscope
  • Digital scales, spare batteries
  • Spray paint (for marking deceased wildlife)
  • Magnifying glass, eg: for locating a paralysis tick

Comfort items:

  • Blanket, towels, eg: for keeping animals warm, to carry immobile bodies
  • Sponge,
  • Gauze, eg: to assist clotting of wounds
  • Wadding, cotton wool, cotton buds, swabs
  • Bandages, elastoplast, vet wrap, duct tape, masking tape

Treatment tools:

  • Clean empty bottle to mix solutions, eg: iodine wash
  • Tweezers
  • Eye dropper
  • Scissors, eg: bandage scissors, surgical scissors
  • Acupuncture needle, for stimulating GV26 point in cardiac arrest
  • Hoof boot
  • Splint, bubble wrap, eg: useful for splinting
  • Rubber bulb ear syringe
  • Clean syringes, for administering meds
  • Atomizer, eg: for spraying solution onto wounds

Treatment products:

  • Pure water, for making solutions, rinsing eyes, etc
  • Antiseptic wash, eg: Dettol, tea tree oil, iodine
  • Lubricant, burn salve, eg: petroleum jelly, Aloe gel
  • Alcohol, metho, eg: for sterilizing
  • Salt, eg: for making a saline wash for wounds
  • Carb soda, for inducing emergency vomiting, dogs & cats
  • Electrolytes
  • Antiseptic cream, zinc cream
  • Bute sachets (horses)
  • Rescue Remedy, a safe homeopathic remedy for soothing emotional trauma

Support people / phone numbers:

  • Vets, farriers, wildlife shelters, emergency help lines, (eg: poisons info line), friends or associates who may be able to offer practical advice or assistance
  • Police, for requesting permission to enter private premises, for traffic control, for carrying out emergency euthanasia, to notify of any impending firearm usage

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Natural First Aid Kit For Horses

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When you own a horse, you may spend a lot on tack, feed, supplements and riding apparel. However, there is one supply that may save your horse but horse owners tend to forget about: a first aid pack.

Horses have a beautiful body that has evolved over thousands of years from being short with stocky muscular legs to allow them to climb rocks and mountains to a leaner body with long legs to run fast in the plains at the sight of a threat. This means that their body, especially their legs, are a lot more susceptible to injuries than their ancestors’. read more

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