RV traveling with your dog: First aid essentials you hope you never need

I hope, even expect, that Milo and I will both stay healthy and happy for our whole trip. But, of course, he could get stung by a bee, or eat something noxious, or get hurt in some way, and it puts my mind at ease to be prepared. Since I won’t be bringing our veterinarian along it is important to think about first aid.  I’m also looking into taking a St John’s Pet First Aid class. Of course, I’ll let you know how that goes.

We need benadryl because sometimes bees are irresistible 

I’ve organized our first aid kit according to the things we might have to deal with:

Ticks, fleas, and other creepy crawlies

  • Heart worm, tick, and flea meds
  • Tick remover
  • Little jars of alcohol to put the ticks in
  • Latex gloves
  • Antiseptic wipes

Bees and other allergens

  • Benadryl (ask your vet about dosage)
  • Tweezers

Cuts and other injuries

  • Sterile saline
  • Vet wrap (a kind of bandage that sticks to itself)
  • Gauze
  • Bandage scissors
  • Cone of shame
  • Muzzle
  • a child’s sock that is the right size for your dog’s feet
  • Antiseptic wipes (already listed up there with the tick stuff)

Eating bad things and tummy trouble

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • a can or two of pumpkin
  • pepto (again, ask your vet about dosage and use)


  • Proof of vaccination
  • License
  • Picture

Emergency numbers

  • my vet
  • a local animal hospital
  • poison control

Skunk odour remover

  • I know this is not really first aid, but it could very well be essential for my mental health. After all we’ll be sharing a car and a camper.

Am I forgetting anything? 


This post is part of a series on packing for your dog.

  1. RV traveling with your dog: What to pack
  2. RV traveling with your dog: First aid essentials you hope you never need
  3. RV traveling with your dog: Packing his wardrobe

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