The Pet First Aid Kit: What Should it Contain

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We all know that emergencies are taking place all the time. All kinds of emergencies, even… you know pet emergencies. So, in order to be prepared, a pet owner should make sure he’s got some tools to take care of that when it happens. That’s why a pet first aid kit is useful to have in homes inhabited by both humans and their little friends.

One option would be to buy a normal first aid kit for humans and then add the specific items needed for a pet.

While there are lots of options and pre-made kits available in pet shops, if you need to customize one for your special furry friend, take a look below at the list with the most important items to have in a pet first aid kit.

Your Pet’s Documents

This one is important because it helps anyone have the right information about your pet, the veterinarian’s name, phone number and address and the possible medical issues your pet might have, or the meds they need.


Here, you might need a vet to help you comprise the list for the specific needs of your pet, but in general it should contain the following:

  • A disinfectant and antibiotic lotion
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Activated charcoal
  • Ear cleaning solution
  • Allergy medication
  • Eye wash solution


  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Nail clippers
  • Eye dropper
  • Oral syringe
  • Disposable gloves
  • Paper and normal towels
  • One or two large blankets – one to move your pet and the other to keep him warm if needed
  • Cold and heat packs
  • Muzzle and nylon slip-leash – just in case he may not like it when trying to take care of his wounds

Medical Supplies

  • Bandage rolls
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Roll of gauze – can also be used to make a muzzle if needed
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • First aid tape
  • Lubricant
  • Styptic powder or pencil
  • Anti-Chew Spray or similar – it prevents your pet to chew or lick the area where it’s applied

Other Useful First Aid Tips and Tricks

  • Consult your vet before giving your pet human medication
  • If your little friend is a cat, don’t give him dog meds or the other way around
  • When an animal, even your adorable calm little pet, is injured, they can become aggressive, so take great care when trying to give him first aid
  • Learn how to use the items in your pet first aid kit. They don’t work by themselves. Take advice from a vet with medication.
  • Meds have an expiration date. Make sure you check them periodically.
  • Keep the first aid kit in an accessible place at home and don’t forget to take it with you when traveling.

About the author

Jennifer Pitts

I love pets and I love animals. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and it's not enough for me.

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