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Create Your Own Pet First Aid Kit

A fully equipped household first aid kit contains almost all of the supplies you may need for your pets. A simple first aid kit for your pets should include these additional items in a waterproof container:

  • Latex (or hypoallergenic material) gloves
  • Gauze sponges ( a variety of sizes)
  • Gauze roll, 2-inch width
  • Elastic cling bandage
  • Material to make a splint
  • Adhesive tape, hypoallergenic
  • Non-adherent sterile pads
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Magnifying glass
  • Grooming clippers or safety razor
  • Nylon leash
  • Towel
  • Muzzle
  • Compact emergency “blanket” (available in the camping department of many stores)
  • Water-based sterile lubricant
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Topical antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Insect sting stop pads
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Instant cold pack
  • Epsom salts
  • Baby-dose syringe or eye dropper
  • Sterile eye lubricant
  • Sterile saline wash
  • Safety pins (medium size 4)
  • Tongue depressors
  • Diphenhydramine, if approved by your veterinarian
  • Glucose paste or syrup
  • Styptic powder or pencil
  • Plastic card (such as old credit card) to scrape away stingers
  • List of emergency phone numbers including those for your pet’s veterinarian, an afterhours emergency veterinary hospital, and the National Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) and money to make a phone call.
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Penlight with batteries (AA)
  • Clean cloth
  • Needle-nose pliers

For a complete list of items for your pet first aid kit and detailed information on how to provide first aid for your pets, consult Pet First Aid by Barbara Mammato, DVM, MPH, a handbook sponsored by the American Red Cross and The Humane Society of the United States.