The following is a list of items every companion of
animals should have at hand
for their pet first aid kit. The kit itself can be stored in a
waterproof pouch if kept
on a boat and in a small tool box or other kind of box in the house. A
version can even be kept in your car trunk. Medications and medical
should be kept safely out of reach of children. Since some of the items
kit will carry expiration dates, check your kit periodically, discard
medications and supplies and make sure you have all the supplies you
your companion animal has any special conditions or needs, ask your
what additional items you may need for your first aid kit.
Your companion animal first aid kit should include the
+ Latex gloves.
+ Gauze sponges (available at most pharmacies). A variety of sizes, both
and small, are best to keep on hand.
+ Roll gauze, 2-inch width.
+ Roll bandages, such as gauze wrap that stretches and clings. These are
available at pharmacies, pet stores and through pet catalogs.
+ Material to make a splint. This can include pieces of wood, newspaper
+ Adhesive tape, hypo-allergenic.
+ Non-adherent sterile pads. These pads make excellent dressings and can
purchased in most pharmacies.
+ Small scissors.
+ Grooming clippers (available in pet stores and pet catalog) or a
+ Nylon leash (at least one).
+ Muzzle. A cage muzzle is ideal, but a soft collapsible one may be more
convenient to carry. Get one you already know fits your pet. If you do
want to purchase one, at least have plenty of roll gauze available to
a makeshift muzzle.
+ Compact thermal blanket. These may be purchased in some pharmacies;
they are also frequently found in sporting goods stores and catalogs. If
cannot get a thermal blanket, have a regular blanket available.
+ Pediatric rectal thermometer (may be digital).
+ Water-based sterile lubricant (washes off easily).
+ Three percent hydrogen peroxide (this will have an expiration date).
+ Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl).
+ Over-the-counter topical antibiotic ointment.
+ Epsom salts.
+ Baby dose syringe or eye dropper (non-glass). These are available at
acies or in the baby section of most grocery stores.
+ Sterile eye lubricant.
+ Sterile saline eye wash.
+ Diphenhydramine (over-the-counter antihistamine, also found under the
brand-name of Benedryl), appropriate dosage for your pet's size, if
approved by your veterinarian.
Small dogs and cats (less than 30 lbs.): 10 mg.;
Medium dogs (30-50 lbs.): 25 mg.;
Large dogs (greater than 50 lbs.): 50 mg.
This will have an expiration date. Only give the antihistamine if you
spoken to your veterinarian in advance.
+ Glucose paste or corn syrup.
+ Styptic powder or pencil. Pharmacies carry styptic pencils for use
people cut themselves shaving. Veterinary styptic products are sold at
veterinary hospitals, pet supply stores and through catalogs.
+ Expired credit card to scrape away stingers.
+ A list of emergency telephone numbers including your pet's
after-hours emergency veterinary hospital and the National Animal Poison
Control Center (1-800-548-2423 or 1-900-680-0000).
+ Petroleum jelly.
+ Clean cloth.
+ Needle-nose pliers.
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