French Bulldog First Aid Kit – What I Use
I realize that a lot of you probably don’t take your french bulldogs hiking or camping like we do, and that’s understandable. They’re not the first breed that comes to mind for outdoor activities. That said, you would be surprised at just how much your french bulldog enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Auggie, our big chunky fella, loves swimming and hiking. Our little girl loves to be outside, as well. To that end, our french bulldogs end up with scrapes, cuts, and nicks all the time. We’ve never had anything serious happen when taking our french bulldogs on outdoor trips, but we’ve had enough bumps and bruises to warrant a dedicated “french bulldog first aid kit.”
I decided to try out a product made specifically for canines. I have a pretty decent first aid kit for myself and my wife and it goes with us in our camping gear, but I wanted something dedicated specifically to our frenchies. There were a number of options out there, but I settled on a small kit from “Canine Friendly”. It was compact enough for my needs but had enough supplies to comfort me if we were to need it. The kit itself is pretty neat. It has a cool little “poo bag” port on the bag so you can cram a couple of extra bags in the kit to take with you while you’re out.
Since filming this review and writing this post, I have removed the carabiner and sewn the kit onto Auggie’s RuffWear harness. This keeps it close whenever we’re out and I don’t have to carry it! The kit has gauze of different varieties, medical tape, antiseptic swabs to clean cuts and scrapes, bandages (plasters, if you’re across the pond), and more. It’s the perfect little kit for a small breed like french bulldogs. It’s small enough to stick just about anywhere, too. I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you live an active life and like to take your french bulldog out with you.
In the pictures you may notice that I have added a couple of items to my “french bulldog first aid kit”. The small booklet is a “pet emergency” first aid manual. The roll of black tape is an amazing product called “Vet Tape“. 3M makes a variety called “Vet Wrap” that can be found in basically every veterinarian’s office in the world. It’s a self-adhering compression tape. It’s perfect for holding gauze on cuts and scrapes, and it compresses really well to fit into the various bends and curves of a dog’s body.
Even though we purchased our kit for the express purpose of taking it on outings, you should still keep a dedicated first aid kit in your house. There’s a list of recommended contents in this post here. Something is better than nothing in this case. Naturally, for anything even remotely serious, you should always get to your veterinarian as quickly as possible. It isn’t worth the risk of losing your french bulldog by trying to treat something you can’t feasibly do at home. A first aid kit for your french bulldog should only be used to treat minor scrapes, cuts, et cetera.