How to Make a Pet First Aid Kit

How to Make a Pet First Aid Kit

by Scritch

Every household contains at least some basic first aid supplies, and if you’ve got a pet, then it’s a good idea to keep pet first aid supplies on hand, too. Even if you don’t have every last item, this list provides a starting point of the types of supplies to include in your pet first aid kit.

Basic First Aid Supplies

Most pet first aid kits contain the same supplies as kits for humans. These basic medical supplies should be in your pet first aid kit:

  • Gauze pads and rolls
  • Adhesive tape
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Tweezers
  • Bandage scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Ice pack
  • Disposable gloves
  • Emergency blanket
  • Antiseptic wipes or spray
  • Rubbing/isopropyl alcohol
  • Towels
  • Gallon of water (store one gallon for every person and pet in your household)

Pet-Specific Supplies

In addition to basic medical supplies, your pet first aid kit should contain some dog- and cat-specific items. A rectal thermometer is a must-have since heat stroke and hypothermia are among the most common pet emergencies.

  • Spare leash and collar/harness
  • Self-cling bandage (found at pet supply stores)
  • Size-appropriate muzzle
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly (lubricant for thermometer)
  • Pet carrier or pillowcase (for cats)
  • Ear cleaning solution
  • Nail clippers
  • Styptic powder or cornstarch (to stop bleeding)
  • Canned pet food (with a pull tab)
  • Collapsible pet bowls

If your pet has a health condition like diabetes, be sure to include additional supplies as needed. An extra supply of any essential medications is a good idea; contact your vet to obtain emergency stores of medications.

Other Supplies

Besides the above medical supplies, there are several other essential items you should include in a pet first aid kit. A pet first aid book or guide is a good idea for pet parents with little medical knowledge.

Also include a list of the following emergency numbers:

  • Your veterinarian
  • Local 24-hour emergency vet clinics
  • ASPCA poison control – 1-800-426-4435
  • Emergency contacts for yourself

In addition, keep copies of your pet’s vaccination, microchip, and adoption records in a waterproof bag or container near your pet first aid kit. Although we’re in a digital age, you may also want to keep a recent photograph of your pet.

Storing Your Kit

All pet first aid kit supplies should be kept in a waterproof tub or container in case of natural disaster or flooding. In emergencies, the container may even be used as a bed for your pet, depending on their size.

Place your pet first aid kit in an easily accessible location away from sunlight and water. Be sure to mark expiration dates on any included medication or food and replace as needed. Replace or refresh supplies in your pet first aid kit yearly; damage could occur from the elements or household pests.