What Should be in your Pet’s First Aid Kit

We take care of our pets. We shower with them love and affection. We try to keep them safe no matter what, but sometimes accidents happen. Trips to the vet and pet emergencies can become quite expensive. However, with a properly stocked pet first aid kit, you’ll be more prepared to handle some emergencies at home. You can buy a complete pet first aid kit, or if you like, you can also mix and match and create your own.

Bandages: With all that fur, it’s a little tricky to try and stick a normal Band-Aid on your pet. That’s why it’s best to have gauze and bandages specifically designed for use with pets.

Latex-free gloves, hydrogen peroxide, and tweezers: Gloves will protect both you and your pets. Gloves will reduce the risk of spreading infection. Hydrogen Peroxide is useful as a disinfectant and in some cases to induce vomiting in dogs.

There are some great tweezers out there designed for use on pets. Some of them even have magnifying glasses on them so you can better see what’s stuck in your pet’s paw. They can make spotting and removing those pesky ticks a lot easier. However sometimes tweezers should not be used on ticks, so I suggest you read ASPCA’s guide to effective tick removal.

Digital thermometer: Instant ear thermometers can work, but according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), they recommend a rectal reading.

Benadryl: Benadryl is an over the counter antihistamine that’s handy in situations involving allergic reactions such as bug bites or bee stings.

Towels: Keep a stash of towels and a blanket with your first aid kit. They can be used to stop bleeding or cover a wound. Wrapping an injured pet in the blanket can make carrying it easier.

Emergency phone numbers: You should definitely have your vet’s number on hand. Another useful number is the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, 1-866-426-4435. If your pet has swallowed or eaten something potentially dangerous, they can advise you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Plus the ASPCA website has articles and information about common household products that are toxic to pets.

These are just a few things you should consider having in your pet first aid kit. Also there are several handy reference guides for dogs and cats that can help bring you up to speed on emergency care for your pets. While we never wish anything bad to happen to our pets, sometimes accidents happen. Being prepared can make handling a pet emergency a little more bearable.