Thanks to Michael Salter for yesterday’s guest post on the contents of a First Aid Kit for Dogs. While I had some of the items in my home, I didn’t have them in a central place, and I certainly didn’t have them handy when I travel. Thanks to my amazing and supportive sister Alice G Patterson for helping me and photographing these DIY projects.
When I started to put together a First Aid Kit for Dogs, I went to Target. I started putting boxes of things in my cart, including items that I don’t need in large quantities. While I was mentally lamenting the cost of buying more than I needed, I spotted Target’s All Purpose First Aid Kit, and I knew I had the perfect beginning for all my pet first aid needs.
There were a few unnecessary items for a dog first aid kit such as bandages, so I added those to my supplies for my family. Following Michael’s list, I found most of the items at Target with a few specialty items in other places. Almost everything fits into this container.
DIY First Aid Kit
- plastic container (we think this is the most durable and practical solution)
- downloadable template for Emergency Information
We wanted to have an easy way to have the emergency numbers always available, so we created this free downloadable First Aid Emergency Numbers template.
To keep the paper from tearing (and to make it easy to replace if the numbers change) we used the acetate to make a little pocket similar to our food storage container.
The list also called for a blanket, duct tape, emergency info, cloth strips, and small towels so I purchased an inexpensive tote bag from Joanne Fabrics.
DIY First Aid Tote Bag
- canvas tote bag
- cutting utensil
- cutting mat or a protected surface
- duct tape
- acrylic paint
- paint brush
- cardboard to keep paint from seeping to other side
Inspired by The Sweetest Occasion’s Apothecary Jar, we used the same principle for our bag, building a stencil on the mat to start. Each part of our cross is approximately 5 inches long and 1 inch wide.
Apply template to tote bag. Insert cardboard into bag.
Let dry and remove the tape.
When I’m out for a walk with my dogs, I’m not going to carry the big bag, so I made a small bag for the minimum first aid supplies.
DIY Small Bag for First Aid
- small cloth drawstring bag
- fabric ink
- rubber stamp
After stamping the bag, it is recommended that you iron the bag to heat set the ink. It really couldn’t be easier to make this and I think it would also make a cute gift bag!
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About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Central New York, Alice specializes in senior portraits, pet photography as well as portraits and product work for small businesses.