A pet-friendly first aid kit can be useful in the event of an injury to your pet or if you need to evacuate quickly or unexpectedly due to a natural disaster, such as a flood, wildfire, hurricane or tornado. In this article, we will share tips for making a first aid kit* for your pet.


*Please note: The contents of a first aid kit can vary. The recommended list we are providing is just one example. Please remember a first aid kit is not a substitute for emergency veterinary care. If you believe your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, please contact your family veterinarian or find your nearest MedVet.

Pet First Aid Kit Supply List

You can easily make a first aid kit with supplies you can buy at your local pharmacy. A plastic storage container or small toolbox works well to store and organize your kit. At a minimum, your first aid kit should include:

Records, photos, and phone numbers:

  • Medical record: If possible, include a copy of your pet’s medical record complete with vaccine history. This is especially important if your pet is receiving treatment for a chronic condition(s) and may be required for emergency boarding.
  • Microchip information: In the event your pet becomes lost, having their microchip number and the microchip company’s phone number in the kit can help save time when trying to find them.
  • Photos: Photos of your pets can be used to help find a lost pet. Ideally, have printed photos available so you can canvas neighborhoods if your pet is lost.
  • Phone numbers: Include a list of phone numbers for your veterinarian, the nearest MedVet or 24-hour veterinary emergency clinic, a pet poison control hotline, and a couple near-by boarding kennels. Other important phone numbers include the public health department, local animal control, local animal shelters, local humane organizations, and the local Red Cross chapter.

First Aid supplies:

  • Styptic powder or pencil for bleeding nails
  • Instant cold compress
  • Corn syrup (for diabetic dogs)
  • Instant Cold Pack
  • Digital thermometer (ideally with flexible soft tip)
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers

Bandage-related supplies:

  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • Gauze dressing pads, bandage roll, and absorbent gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Bandage scissors
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Self-cling bandage (commonly called VetWrap, this is a bandage that stretches and sticks to itself)
  • Tongue depressors (can be used as a splint)

Miscellaneous supplies:

  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) for allergic reactions. Your veterinarian must tell you the correct dosage for your pet’s size. Hydrogen peroxide (can be used on wounds and to induce vomiting under your veterinarian’s instruction)
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean the thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
  • Ear-cleaning solution
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringe for administering liquid medications

Optional supplies:

  • Muzzle (for dogs) to help protect you from being bitten, you can purchase from a store or make your own muzzle from rope, soft cloth, towel or leash
  • Loose leash to slip over a dog’s head, if needed
  • Leather gloves for handling an injured pet and to help protect you from a dog bite
  • Towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Blanket (can be used to cover a pet, dry a pet, or used as a stretcher)
  • Pet carrier
  • Pet first-aid book
  • Pillowcase to confine small pets
  • Penlight or flashlight

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