Fortunately, many of the items in your own first-aid kit can also be used for dog first aid if necessary. “Bandaging materials (except Band-Aids, which won’t stick on fur), antibiotic ointment, and blood clotting gel/powder all work great for pets too,” says Dr. Kent Julius, DVM, owner of Legacy Veterinary Hospital in Frisco, Texas.
Dr. Sturtz also recommends bringing Betadine (which is better for cleansing small cuts and wounds than peroxide), an emergency blanket in case of sudden foul weather or severe injury, and sterile saline eyewash to flush away debris. “If there’s a stick or particle that you can’t flush out, get to the veterinarian immediately,” Dr. Sturtz says. “And bring tweezers with a magnifying glass to remove ticks, thorns, pieces of rock or glass; remember to grasp the head of the tick as close to the dog’s body as you can get, so that the entire tick is removed.” You can also pack a tick removal tool like TickEase, which is a special tweezer tool that comes with a magnifier.
To ensure you are completely covered while camping with dogs, you can even get a first aid kit made specifically for pets, like the Kurgo pet first aid kit.