Preparing a First Aid Kit for Pet Emergencies

Veterinary Emergency Group

When a pet emergency arises, will you be prepared? We recommend that all pet owners have a first aid kit available for a pet emergency, storing it in their home and vehicle just in case. We recommend including the following supplies:

Pet Supplies

  • A first aid handbook with information about basic first aid techniques
  • Phone number for your family veterinarian and our animal hospital
  • A muzzle in case your pet is in pain and is biting or snapping while you’re trying to help
  • A copy of your pet’s records
  • A nylon leash

First Aid Supplies

  • A self-clinging bandage
  • Absorbent gauze pads and gauze rolls
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
  • Blanket (a foil emergency blanket)
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting—do this only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert)
  • Ice pack
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
  • Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
  • Scissors (with blunt ends)
  • Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
  • Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
  • Tweezers
  • A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
  • A pet carrier if your pet is small enough

Some more specific items may be recommended for advanced first aid treatment. We would love to talk with you about your pet’s needs and the first aid kit that you are putting together for them. We can help you make sure that you have everything you need in the event of a pet emergency. Please contact us today to schedule a visit or talk with our team members about the importance of being prepared.