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Unread 01-02-2010, 07:47 PM   #1
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I need to build a first aid kit for both people and dogs. Right now I carry a basic setup that has bandages, antiseptic, eye wash, and gause. A very basic kit put together from the bathroom medicine cabinet.

We have a few folks who know more about first aid than most. So I'm asking what do you consider ideal first aid equiment for both people and pets?

I have seen a few complete kits for $250 to $400 and that's a bit steep and I don't know if it's got everything or too much of everthing.

So with that. What is a good first aid kit and where would you source all the stuff?

Good times...

And this all comes about because my pup managed to cut her back leg and it required 10 stiches. If I was out in the field it would have been a real pain in the butt to treat her.
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Unread 01-02-2010, 08:07 PM   #2
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I was with my buddy in cabelas and saw kits for almost 250$ !!! Holy testicle Tuesday!!! My kit I made... Little easier for me to get the more invasive stuff, but I have the basic stuff, lots of bandaIds, three sizes of ace wraps, tripple antibiotic, multiple wound cleansers and scrapers, oral benadryl, and motrin, multiple sizes of trauma dressings, rolled gauze, 2-staple guns, and IM benadryl and epinepherine for severe allergic reactions.... I have supplys for people and my dogs... Really helped when I ran echos leg over. Don't buy a kit, rip off
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I agree that the kits are a rip off. My folks have a nice home made kit for their boat. It includes some of the more invasive stuff too. I'm going to work at duplicating their kit.
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general antibiotic & steroid for any allergic reactions.

tegaderm- worth it's weight in gold. big pieces (expensive but much better to cut it down. useless to use smaller pieces on a large wound).

general first aid stuff- make sure you have enough compression bandaging to wrap around the dog's body.

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crazy glue for doggie cuts. keeps it cleaner too.

doggie boots- they will hate it but if they get a deep cut, only way to keep it clean and continue the trip.

dog cone collar- can be a big cutting sheet for kitchen use and double-use only in emergency

get meds from the vet for snake bites to hold off bad reactions

something to dig ticks out- tweezers
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Rob,here is a site you maybe interested in.http://www.cpr-savers.com/Industrial...onder-kit.html
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And for the dog supplies..http://www.cpr-savers.com/consumer/cons5.html Sorry same site.
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Rob,here is a site you maybe interested in.http://www.cpr-savers.com/Industrial...onder-kit.html
Those are better prices than I've seen in other kits. Thanks. I'm going to hit walgreens tomorrow if I have time and put a few things together that will always be in the truck.

James thanks for the advise on doggy first aid. I hadn't thought about a full wrap for the pup. She has had her rattle snake vaccine but I still have to worry about treating a snake bite. Good stuff...
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Wow good thread about the puppy first aid. I really should start carrying stuff for my dog now. Never thought about it.
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Your vet should offer the snake bite vaccine for rattlesnakes... Mine does.

Lots of gauze and ace wraps are great to keep pressure.

Good tweezers for pulling things out of u or dog.

One of my main concerns is anaphalaxis. I can't remember the last time I got stung, so I have injectable benadryl and high dose Epi.... Being out in BFE when a severe allergic reaction happens would be all bad. I would also recomend some gloves and clear tape and fabric tape. Some good trauma shears too for cutting clothes if needed.

Better to build your own. Just get the list of what's included in the best kits and buy that stuff and then add whatever else u want.
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THis is a good idea. I've been carrying a basic kit for a while but have recently just been carrying a CLS kit from the army. not much in there other than some very basic stuff and a tourniquet, probably not the best for most situations but it is in arms reach when im driving if I ever really needed it.

you should go back to the first post and make an itemized list by priority for others to follow. folks with a medical background on here can chime in. I think I'm going to ask one of my medics at work to put something together thats a little better for me.

a little off the primary topic ---> but I recently modified some aftermarket jeep seat covers with a MOLLE system to fit my seats on the LC. It's great and offers a way for me to secure stuff within arms reach, such as a firstaid kit, flash light, (pistolla), etc. etc.

http://www.4x4review.com/Reviews/Pro...5/Default.aspx
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Dave I'll modify the first post and start a list. I'm hoping to break away from the house today and get to walgreens and buy a few things to kick this kit off right. I'm going to first focus on things that translate well between people and pets and then specialize the list for each. Eye wash for instance can be used for both of us. Tweezers too...

I think is a good thing to put together and have available for reference and additions. Be prepared right?

I'm glad to see the interest in this. Thanks for the input and support.
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Oh... Some oral glucose paste too for dehydration or low blood sugar
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Oh... Some oral glucose paste too for dehydration or low blood sugar
I found the best brand is Snickers, Clif Shots and Trader Joe's nutty chocolate
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there ya go.....i preffer deep fried sugar... calories and sugar all in one
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sam splints are awesome and versatile. maxi pads are great for lots of blood and are sterile. i keep extras of any meds that you may take, in case they are forgotten or you run out on a trip etc.
the little fosting tubes from the grocery store are great for glucose paste. lots of gause rolls for making splints,
my dog gets seizues so i have his drugs too.
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Kit includes:

Qty (pcs)

Softpack bag 1

Instruments
AMA First Aid Guide 1

Scissors 1

Tweezers, Metal 1

Medium safety pins 2

Cotton tipped applicators 10

Exam quality vinyl gloves 2


Bandages
3/4" x 3" Adhesive plastic bandages 50

3/4" x 3" Fabric bandages 25

1" x 3" Fabric bandages 10

3/8" x 1-1/2" Junior adhesive plastic bandages 10

Knuckle fabric bandages 4

Fingertip fabric bandages 4

2" x 4" Elbow & knee plastic bandages 2

Dressings

2" x 2" Gauze dressing pads 10

3" x 3" Gauze dressing pads 4

4" x 4" Gauze dressing pads 2

5" x 9" Trauma pads 1

2" Conforming gauze roll bandage 1

Sterile eye pads 1

Injury
Instant cold compress 1

Butterfly wound closures, medium 3

2" x 2" Moleskin squares 4

1/2" x 5 yd. First aid tape roll 2

6" x 3/4" Finger splint 1

Antiseptics,
Antiseptic cleansing wipes (sting free) 12

Topicals
Alcohol cleansing pads 12

Castile soap towelettes 3

Insect sting relief pads 3

Antibiotic ointment packs 3

Sunblock pack 1

Lip ointment pack 2

First aid/burn cream packs 3

Burn relief gel pack 1


Medicine
Aspirin tablets 4

Ibuprofen tablets 4

Extra-strength non-aspirin tablets 4



Variety of items
37

Total Pieces
205

Cost

~$38


http://stores.overlandwarehouse.com/...Aid/Detail.bok
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thats a good starting place!
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