Make Your Own First Aid Kit

Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet is literally FIRST aid and should be followed by veterinary care. Many emergencies require fast and correct action to prevent further injury and even save the patient’s life until veterinary care is available.

  • First Aid Kit –a suitable sized plastic waterproof container
  • Information on each of your pets to put in the kit
  • Patient’s medical record (including medications and vaccination history), microchip number if present
  • A picture for possible identification (may be on your vaccine certificate)
  • Family Veterinarian:
  • Local Emergency Veterinary Clinic:
  • Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) (there may be a fee for this call)


  • 2 inch rolled gauze
  • Absorbent gauze 3×3 pads
  • 1 inch and 2 inch cast padding rolls
  • 1 inch and 2 inch white adhesive tape rolls
  • 2 inch self-cling bandage (vetwrap) roll and 4 inch for larger patients
  • Nonstick bandage in sterile wrapper (telfa pads)
  • Alcohol preps individually wrapped
  • Antiseptic wipes individually wrapped
  • Hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • Digital rectal fever thermometer and small tube of KY jelly or other lubricant
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Tick remover
  • Tweezers with flat angled tip
  • Nail trimmer
  • Eye dropper or 12cc dose syringe (without needle)
  • Scissors with blunt tips
  • Tongue depressors
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • Compact thermal blanket
  • Leash, carrier or crate
  • A pillowcase
  • Medium sized cotton towel
  • Penlight

Please ask your family veterinarian if there are addition items needed for your pets life style or condition.

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