If you want to make sure your pets will be safe no matter where you are or what you’re doing, one of the best steps you can take is setting up a pet first aid kit. Here’s how to do it:
How to Make a Pet First Aid Kit
Step 1: Gather the essential items.
Your pet care first aid kit should include:
- Emergency numbers, including numbers for your veterinarian and animal poison control
- Leash and collar
- Hand sanitizer and liquid dishwashing fluid for bathing
- Ice pack
- Rubber gloves
- Gauze/strips of clean cloth (non-stick) and bandages (be sure to include a long Ace or similar bandage to help cover wounds on the chest or stomach of bigger dogs)
- Cotton-tipped swabs
- Adhesive tape
- Clean towels
- Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
- Alcohol wipes
- Artificial tear gel and saline solution for the eyes
- Turkey baster or oral syringe
“The one thing that could be handy is a long Ace bandage-type product to help cover wounds on the chest or stomach of a bigger dog.” – Dr White, DVM
Keep in mind that some ready-made dog care and cat care first aid kits are available, but pet owners should be wary of these, especially when medications like Benadryl, aspirin, or hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting) are included. These may be appropriate for some pets, but not all. Always consult with your veterinarian when it comes to administering medications to your pet.
“There are some commercial pet first aid kits available for purchase, but I would caution pet owners to talk to a veterinarian before giving any medications that might be included.” – Dr White, DVM
Step 2: Find a place to put your kit.
At home, your first aid kit should be in an easy-to-find, readily accessible location and clearly marked as a “Pet First Aid Kit.” Next to the door where you can easily grab it or near your pet’s food or other toys and possessions are good places.
Step 3: Check your kit regularly to see if you need replacements.
Some items in your first aid kit may expire over time and should be regularly replaced. Similarly, if you use your kit for any reason, it’s important to replenish any items that were used.
Have Questions? Sunset Veterinary Clinic Vets Can Help
Whether you have questions about first aid kit medications or concerns about what to do in an emergency, our veterinarian staff is here to help. Contact Sunset Veterinary Clinic today with inquiries or to book your furry friend’s next pet exam.