Pet First Aid Kit

In this post:

  • Emergency items every pet owner should have on hand
  • What do I need for my pet first aid kit?
  • What else can I do to help keep my dog safe?

Your pet will eventually need some type of basic first aid treatment. If your dog gets a small cut or scratch, you can usually easily treat this at home. By having a basic first aid kit for your dog, you can help treat some of the basic medical problems that your dog may encounter.

Emergency items every pet owner should have on hand

Sometimes your dog will have a bigger problem and will need emergency veterinary care. It is best to have these items in your phone AND stored in a safe place:

  • Current Picture of your Dog
  • Your dog’s vet number and address
  • Emergency vet number and address
  • Your dog’s allergies and list of current medications
  • Proof of Vaccines
  • Animal Poison Control Center hotline 888.426.4435

This will help you be able to quickly get to your nearest vet’s office in case of an emergency. It is best to have your vets phone number and the emergency vet’s phone number is a few locations in your house and car. This way you can easily find the number when you are frankly looking for the number.

What do I need for my pet first aid kit?

There are many kits that you can buy online that have many of the things that you would need for a basic First Aid Kit. We recommend Pro Training’s Pet First Aid Kit. It’s packed with helpful medical supplies for both pets and people. The kit will help with minor injuries, cuts, bites, and stings. It will also help you stabilize your pet on the way to the vet in case of an emergency. The portable design makes it convenient to keep in the car or put in your backpack.

Pro Training’s Pet First Aid Kit

  • 46 piece kit includes travel bag dimensions travel bag is 8″ x 6″
  • Items for dogs and people
  • For minor emergencies and incidents
  • Fits nicely in backpacks or keep one in the car
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Your kit should contain:

  • Extra leash
  • Muzzle – or you can use the leash to muzzle your dog
  • Absorbent gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always check with veterinarian or animal poison control expert before giving to your pet)Ice pack
  • Disposable gloves
  • Scissors with a blunt end
  • Tweezers
  • OTC antibiotic ointment
  • An oral syringe or turkey baster
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent (for bathing)
  • Towels
  • Small flashlight
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Styptic powder
  • Saline eye solution
  • Artificial tear gel
Make sure that you occasionally update your pet first aid kit and if anything has become expired you replace these items. Also, make sure to keep out of reach of children and dogs who are prone to get into things.

Online First Aid Training

You can be prepared to handle any emergency situation by becoming certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. This course is self-paced, online, simple, and can potentially save a dog’s life.

Final Thoughts

By having a pet first aid kit, you will be able to handle many simple first aid problems that your dog may have. Pet first aid kits are a must for any active family and their dog. Being prepared for emergencies, you will be able to quickly help your pet return to their happy and healthy life.

Special thanks to:

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Bonnie Conner, DVM

Bonnie Conner DVM, a Clinical Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine & Critical Care at the University of Florida, specializes in small animal emergency and clinical care.

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ProPetHero

This course teaches first aid techniques to address the most common emergencies that can occur with small and large dogs as well as cats. This course will train you to notice abnormalities and detect early warning signs in pets. The course is developed and taught by Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Bobbi Conner.

Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB is one of the founders of Wag Enabled (originally Why Does My Dog). Aly has a certificate in applied animal behavior through the University of Washington and is a certified veterinary assistant and AKC Evaluator. She aims to provide an unbiased perspective on dog training by providing practical, intelligent, and caring advice for people to impart on their canine companions