Pet First Aid Kit

Be Prepared in an Emergency

Injured dog

An accident or a natural disaster can occur at any time. Whether an injury, earthquake, storm or wild fire threatens your pet’s wellbeing, be prepared: Keep a pet first aid kit along with a few weeks’ worth of food stored in an easy-to-grab container plus an ample supply of water.

Here are some tips to get you started.

Pet First Aid Kit Items

You can easily put together a well-stocked pet first aid kit using a waterproof container that opens and closes easily. Recommended items for your pet first aid kit include:

  • Veterinarian's contact information: Have numbers for both your family veterinarian and an after-hours emergency veterinarian readily available.
  • Scissors can cut fur and bandages.
  • Tweezers can help remove objects from skin or paws.
  • An eyedropper can dispense liquid medication or clean superficial wounds.
  • A digital thermometer can tell you if your pet is running a fever (a mercury thermometer can shatter).
  • Gloves help protect you and keep the wound sanitary.
  • Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean a wound.
  • Alcohol prep pads sterilize items such as scissors or tweezers.
  • Gauze pads will help clean injuries.
  • Gauze rolls can be wrapped around wounds or use as a safety muzzle.
  • A instant cold pack wiill help reduce swelling or pain.
  • Rags or rubber tubing can be used as a tourniquet.
  • A soft muzzle can be used to prevent your pet from biting you or chewing on an injury while in pain.
  • An E-collar is an opaque or clear plastic, cone-shaped protector that attaches to your pet's collar and can be found at veterinary clinics and pet storesavailable in a variety of sizes, The E-collar prevents your pet from accessing a wound or injury.
  • A blanket or towel can be wrapped around an injured pet, or be used to carry an injured pet.

Pet First Aid Tips

If your pet becomes injured due to an accident or a natural disaster, it’s important to stabilize your companion before heading to a veterinary clinic.

Ask someone else to call your veterinarian while you focus on administering first aid, such as applying direct pressure to a wound to help stop the bleeding and/or assessing the best way to move your pet without causing further pain or injury.

Animals in pain may bite you. It is critical that you can provide evidence of your pet’s rabies vaccination at all times. Depending on state regulations, a pet without proof of current rabies vaccination may be quarantined.

Get Veterinary Help

Whatever the situation, if you suspect your pet is ill or injured don't hesitate to take him to your veterinarian. The earlier the problem is identified and the appropriate treatment is started, the better the outcome will be.

Having a prepared pet first aid kit on hand will benefit not only your pet but your entire family — it’s one less thing to worry about while getting your family to a safe place.