As a pet owner, it is important to ensure you have basic first aid supplies for your pets in the case of an emergency situation. A basic pet first aid kit can be kept in your home and/or in your vehicle. Many first aid kits are available for purchase, but you may already have several pet first aid items in your home that can be easily added to a kit. Any items you don’t have on hand can be purchased at your local pharmacy.
The purpose of the kit is to provide quick and easy care to your pet when he/she requires very basic, immediate, first aid treatment. These supplies are only for very basic situations, like a minor cut or scrape, a broken nail, an insect bite, small area of skin irritation or removing a tick. These supplies should only be used under the supervision of an adult. For more serious injuries or concerns, you should consult with your pet’s veterinarian.
Please be aware that, during an emergency situation, you should never search the internet for information on how to treat your pet’s condition. In an emergency, first aid is not a substitute for veterinary treatment. However, knowing some basic first aid can help before you are able to get your pet to a veterinarian. Always seek veterinary care following first-aid attempts.
Below is a list of Basic Pet First Aid Kit items for your pet first aid kit. The list contains several items that have expiration dates such as Benadryl, Saline Solution, and antibiotic ointment. Therefore, your kit should be checked every 6 months in order to discard expired items and replace with fresh products.
BASIC PET FIRST AID KIT LIST:
3. Sterile Eye Wash
5. Roll Gauze
6. Vet Wrap
7. Telfa Pads
10. Latex Gloves
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS: Print a list with the recommended telephone contacts below and keep it in your Pet First Aid Kit.
1. Your veterinarian’s telephone number and address
2. Your nearest veterinary emergency hospital telephone number and address (open 24 hours):
3. Poison Control telephone number
Boston Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention: 800-222-1222
ASPCA Poison Control: 888-426-4435
HomeAgain Pet Medical Emergency: 888-466-3242
To be prepared for an emergency, keep the following items in good working order and ready to take at a moment’s notice. Consider putting one of each item in a special bag to be kept in a specific location in your home. Use the bagged items only for an emergency. By doing so, you won’t need to scramble through your house or vehicle searching for them at a time when you are anxious to tend to the emergency at hand.
- Sturdy, cloth, leather or chain linked leash (not a retractable leash)
- Sturdy pet carrier, harness and/or crate
- Pet blanket/towels