Pet First-Aid Kit Checklist

Keep a kit of basic first aid supplies for the pets in your household. Many of the items in a family first aid kit can be used for pets, too. Below is a list of pet-specific items you can add to your family first aid kit:

  • IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS (veterinarian, emergency clinic, poison control, animal control, non-emergency police)
  • A copy of your PET’S MEDICAL RECORD (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other important medical records and current photo of your pet (in case he/she gets lost)
  • DIGITAL FEVER THERMOMETER to take your pets temperature (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
  • MUZZLE to prevent bites (DO NOT muzzle your pet if he/she is vomiting, choking, coughing or otherwise having difficulty breathing)
  • GAUZE ROLL for wrapping wounds or muzzling an injured animal
  • CLEAN TOWELS for restraining cats, cleaning or padding
  • NONSTICK BANDAGES OR STRIPS OF CLEAN CLOTH to control bleed or protect wounds
  • SCISSORS (with blunt ends)
  • EYE DROPPER (or large syringe without needle) to give oral treatments or flush wounds
  • PETROLEUM JELLY to protect wounds, eyes
  • MILK OF MAGNESIA OR ACTIVATED CHARCOAL to absorb poison (Use only if instructed to do so by your veterinarian or a poison control center)
  • 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE to induce vomiting (Always contact center before inducing vomiting, do not use hydrogen peroxide on wounds)
  • SALINE SOLUTION for cleansing wounds (Saline sold for use with contact lenses works well for most purposes)
  • LOCATION OF PET CARRIER (for cats and small dogs in a small area to reduce the risk of additional injury. Pet carriers work well, or you can use a box or other container (but make sure your pet has enough air). For larger dogs, you can use a board, sled, blanket or something similar to act as a stretcher.
  • Call your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic so they can be ready for you when you arrive.

In addition to the items listed above, include anything your veterinarian has recommended specifically for your pet.

Check the supplies in your pet’s first aid kit occasionally and replace any items that have expired.

For your family’s safety, keep all medical supplies and medications out of the reach of children and pets.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 513-777-5131.