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 traveled. Thanks to my amazing and supportive sister Alice from Loving My Company 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 large quantities of items I didn’t need. 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 an easy way to have the emergency numbers always available, so we created this free downloadable First Aid Emergency Numbers template.
We used the acetate to make a little pocket similar to our food storage container to keep the paper from tearing (and to make it easy to replace if the numbers change).
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
- cardboard to keep paint from seeping to the 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 a template to a tote bag. Insert cardboard into the 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 heat set the ink by ironing it. 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 Loving My Company: Based in Central New York, Alice specializes brand photography for women creative entrepreneurs and teaches other photographers how to grow their businesses.