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How to Create a First Aid Kit for Your Pet

First Aid Kit for Your Pet

There are a number of situations in which you would want a first aid kit for your pet. If you take your pet with you camping or on vacation, if you have an emergency at home, if you live in an area prone to earthquakes or major storms, or during times of crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. You likely have first aid supplies for yourself and your family but have you ever thought of what you might need for your pet? We’ve got a handy list for you to get started creating a first aid kit for your pet.

  • Absorbent gauze pads
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Artificial tear gel
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting – always check with your vet or poison control before inducing vomiting)
  • Ice pack
  • Liquid dish washing soap (for bathing – most recommend blue Dawn by name)
  • Medical tape
  • Oral syringe
  • OTC Antibiotic ointment
  • Saline eye solution
  • Scissors with blunt end
  • Small flashlight
  • Styptic powder (to control bleeding)
  • Towels
  • Tweezers
  • A few days worth of any medications your pet takes regularly

Make sure you have an ample supply of each item based on the number of pets you have. For example, if you have two or three pets, you’ll want to double or triple some of the items you keep in your kit so you have enough should you have more than one pet with an emergency. Things you’ll want multiples of if you have multiple pets are gauze pads, alcohol wipes, ice packs, disposable gloves, towels and cotton balls and swabs. You’ll want to check your kit every few months to ensure nothing has expired and everything is stocked up. Of course, always keep items like first aid kits out of the reach of children and pets. Once you’ve built your pet first aid kit, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you are ready for a pet emergency, should one occur.