In case of any emergency, you should contact your vet or Emergency Animal Clinic immediately!

This is the only dedicated 
Poison control hotline
in the world manned by veterinarians, not telephone operators.
The number is staffed 24 hours a day,7 days a week.
(888) 4ANI-HELP or (888) 426-4435


Being prepared in case of an emergency can save your dog's life. You can find most of the following items for your canine first-aid kit in drugstores, or simply add the appropriate items to your family's first-aid kit to serve both human and dog members.

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Penlight flashlight
  • Magnifying glass (type with light is best)
  • Examination gloves
  • Rectal thermometer and lubricant
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (70%)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • Povidone iodine
  • Antibiotic ointment (neomycin, polymixin, bacitracin)
  • Assorted sizes of sterile nonstick pads, gauze squares and cotton balls
  • Roller gauze (self-adhering), cotton roll and elastic bandage
  • Cardboard or wood for splints
  • Eyedropper and syringe (needle removed)
  • Syrup of ipecac (Caution: Only to be given on instructions by vet or poison control center and only in dosage specified)
  • Eye wash
  • Styptic pencil for cut vein in nail
  • Ice pack
  • Large blanket
  • Elizabethan collar (available for sale at many vet offices or clinics) or bitter spray to prevent licking of injury
  • Muzzle; or handkerchief, gauze strip or rope for makeshift muzzle
  • Board or towel
  • Adhesive tape

Here is a link specifically for Bloat you might find valuable in talking over with your regular vet: