Altoid first aid kit pet/people version

I have been toying with the idea of making an altoid first aid kit for outings with Becca. I've checked online for suggestions and have some basic ideas for what to include. I'd like to merge them into a kit for people and dogs. It will be used for everything from the beach to hikes.

My list so far:



gauze pads

alcohol pads


duct tape wrapped around a mini sharpie

tweezers or small knife including tweezers

I'm trying to figure out the best way to include some vet wrap. I'd like to include a pain killer, but I'm allergic to aspirin and dogs can't have Tylenol.

I'm open to suggestions. What do you think I should include?

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Comment by Beth on August 10, 2015 at 6:26pm

Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain killer that is also used in human medicine and I believe it's a controlled substance. I don't think many vets would or could give it out "just in case".   That is, however, a good reminder that any human or dog prescription medications should always be brought with you on any sort of outing away from home, just in case you get stuck staying away unexpectedly.

Comment by Carl Koch on August 10, 2015 at 3:07pm

Betty has been on Tramadol for a very long time with no side effects we can see. It should be safe for emergency pain relief as long as you tell the vet you have used it and when.  50mg should last about 8 hours in the average Corgi. Just a thought. Most over the counter meds are not suitable for use in canines. This narrows you choices considerably. Again .. when in doubt ask the vet.

Comment by Beverly Butler Redford & Tucker on August 10, 2015 at 3:00pm

Carl-just for the reason that Tramadol may mask the pain and interfere with a diagnosis, it may not be a good thing to keep in a small kit to be used before going to the vet.

Marcie-thanks for the explanation-I learned something.

Comment by Carl Koch on August 10, 2015 at 2:52pm

See your vet and get a half dozen or so 50mg Tramadol. Tramadol is a prescription pain killer used by vets post surgery or for chronic pain like arthritis. It is safe in dogs. My baby takes 50mg every morning for arthritis pain. If your dog is injured, Tramadol may mask the pain and interfere with diagnosis. Talk it over with your vet.

Comment by Jill M on August 9, 2015 at 3:33pm
Comment by Vicky Hay on August 2, 2015 at 12:39am

 Altoids box: one of the all-time great carrying containers. I'd put a few baby aspirin in there -- since you don't intend to take them anyway? When the GerSheps would hike with me in the desert, I'd always take tweezers, since the resident cholla is always a hazard. I've  used those kind of rubbery self-stick athletic bandages in lieu of sticky bandaids: you can wrap a length of that stuff around a gauze pad to create a bandage that will stay on awhile, at least until the dog decides to yank it off. It can double as a support for a strained muscle or as a temporary muzzle if you need to perform some annoying procedure while you're in the sticks.

Don't know how you'd fit all these valuables in an Altoids box, though. I used to stuff them into a fanny pack, which could also carry a couple bottles of water.

Comment by Holly on July 28, 2015 at 4:02pm
That sounds like a real challenge. Anytime I have given first aid the three things I needed more than anything else were splints, rolls of bandage and gauze, orange juice (twice for diabetic crisis) and ice packs! Which I needed countless times. Not sure how any of that would fit in an RX bottle. Yikes.
Comment by Marcie on July 28, 2015 at 1:59pm

With an altoids first aid kit everything fits into an altoids mint tin. They fit easily into a pocket. I want to make a prototype for myself then some for the other people in our agility class. I've also seen some that fit into a prescription bottle then clip to a leash.

That said I also need to make a full size one to take to trials etc. When I ride with our trainer she has a full set up. Your ideas are great for this one. Thanks... I'm finding it hard to size everything down to that one little tin.

Beverly-Vet wrap is a rolled wrap that sticks to itself, but not hair. 

Comment by Holly on July 28, 2015 at 12:31pm
Wow, I like the sling idea, great if you only have on person and an injured pet. With two people you could even use the tee shirt as a stretcher. I was thinking of a scratched cornea from a branch or sand in the eye where an eye patch would help keep the eye shut to minimize the pain. Small cups are great for more severe eye injuries but I am not sure how you could secure them to a dog's eye. Maybe the vet knows of something that works. Good topic Marcie. Great suggestions Jane. IMO first aid kits you pack yourself are usually much more useful than prestocked ones.
Comment by Jane Christensen on July 28, 2015 at 10:23am

Just a reminder that a safety kit in everyone's car is a good idea also.

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