Prepare a Dog First Aid Kit

Although you don't want to play Vet, it's probably a good idea to get a dog first aid kit ready to treat your Miniature Schnauzer's minor injuries (like superficial cuts and scrapes).

You can buy a pre-made first aid dog kit or if you like, put one together yourself. Below find a list of supplies to always have on-hand. Also designate a particular and permanent place in your home for your emergency dog kit. Emergencies can occur suddenly and without warning. Timing is critical! Knowing what to do and what not to do, and having quick access to emergency supplies could be the difference in saving your Schnauzer's life.

Make a First Aid Kit For Your Dog

If you would like to make your own dog first aid kit for your Miniature Schnauzer so you are better prepared to handle a minor dog injury or a pet emergency, assemble together the following items in a plastic storage bin or box:

  • gauze pads 
  • adhesive tape 
  • tweezers
  • syringes
  • scissors
  • rectal thermometer
  • cotton balls
  • towel
  • surgical gloves
  • styptic powder
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • eyewash solution
  • vaseline/ lubricant jelly
  • antiseptic wipes
  • instant cold compress (gel packs)
  • instant hot compress
  • alcohol swabs (to sterilize)antibioitic ointment for non-puncture wounds  (Polysporin)
  • Rubber Bulb Syringe Good to use when needing to flush out the eyes, ears, or wounds.

First Aid Kit for Dogs

dog health tip: Keep your emergency kit in the same place and always well-stocked  by replacing the supplies as you use them. This way you'll be sure to always have on-hand the items you need to tend to your Miniature Schnauzer's mishaps.

Include or attach the telephone numbers to Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

note: A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

and the nearest Emergency Pet Hospital, as well as your Vet's telephone number.

Prepare a Folder of Schnauzer's Medical History

It's also a very good idea to have handy a folder of your Miniature Schnauzer's medical history including:

  • immunizations date
  • dog medications prescribed
  • blood test results/date
  • copies of any treatment vet exam sheets
  • all health problems & conditions

Write your veterinarian's phone number, as well as the number to the nearest animal emergency hospital, on an 2 index cards. Tape one inside your dog first aid kit and the other inside your Miniature Schnauzer's medical folder. Also store these numbers on both your home phone and cell phone.

And most importantly, take time to familiarize yourself with all the items in your dog first aid kit. Being ready and prepared with the know-how when necessary to tend to your Miniature Schnauzer's needs will keep you and your Schnauzer more calm in what will obviously be a very stressful situation.

dog health tip: Prepare a smaller dog first aid kit (in a plastic zip bag or cosmetic case) for your car, camper, etc... This way you will always be ready with emergency supplies when traveling with your Schnauzer.

Click on emergency bag to view ready-made kits for purchase.

Another great idea is take a course on pet emergency and CPR. Contact you local American Red Cross to register for classroom or online training. This way you will have the knowledge and skills to be better prepared to handle your Schnauzer's pet emergencies.

You can also ask your Vet or local pet-supply store about where you can go get the skills and knowledge necessary to handle a crisis that may occur in your Miniature Schnauzer life.

Pet Alert Emergency sticker
Pet Alert Emergency Sticker

Be sure to have Emergency Pet Alert stickers on both front and back side windows of your home.

This particular sticker is our version (What? Did the Schnauzer silhouette give it away?) and you can customize it any way you want. You can change the wording, size, shape, and even add your Schnauzer's photo to it or whatever else you like.

Human Medications for Dogs

Human Medication Not Safe for Dogs
Human Medication Safe For Dogs

The Human Medications Safe for Dog Charts were created from information retrieved from the world wide web and are strictly provided here as informational and educational purposes only. They are not meant to take the place of veterinarian advice.

Only licensed veterinarians who examine your dog can give you medical advice and properly diagnose your dog. 

Dog Safety Precautions

Never give your dog any medication without first consulting with your veterinarian. Dose rates mentioned may not be accurate or your pet could have an adverse reaction. Please confirm any and all matters of pet care with a licensed veterinarian.

If your Schnauzer is ill, please contact your local veterinarian or animal hospital immediately.

note: Some of these meds can be harmful to cats! Always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian before dosing any pet with any kind of medication or drug.

Disclaimer: No medical claims or advice is ever given by The information on our website is provided as informational and educational purposes only. By using the website you acknowledge, understand, and agree that all decisions regarding the health and well-being of your pet are completely your own. At no time is the website information intended to diagnose, treat, or cure your pet and is not a substitute for veterinary care provided by a licensed veterinarian. For any medical or health related advice concerning the care and treatment of your pet, always consult your Veterinarian. Also, keep in mind that veterinary medicine and information changes rapidly, so some information on this website may be out of date. Never disregard professional veterinary advice or delay in seeking professional veterinary assistance because of something you read or saw on And never give your dog any medication without first consulting with your veterinarian.

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