A good first aid kit for pets doesn’t have to be huge and overwhelming. In fact, most of the items are probably in your regular first aid kit. (Even so, a separate one for each pet is going to save a lot of headache. Take some time and look over this list to see what you should be including in your kit.
This post is a continuation of Bug Out Bag for Pets, and the content was provided by a reader who wants all of you to keep you pets safe. So if you haven’t read that yet, you probably should. (I’ll wait.) Now that you’ve read it, let’s see what you need to include in your First Aid Kit for Pets.
Adhesive tape to secure bandages and splints
Alcohol swabs to sterilize instruments or small areas of skin
Scissors with blunt ends
There are also vet bandages like these, which don’t stick to fur or hair, and these are very wise addition to your first aid kit for pets. Be careful to not put them on too tightly. Check your pet’s paws often for warmth. If the paw gets cooler the bandage should be loosened as the circulation may be affected.
Benadryl for insect bites or stings. Get instructions on dosage and how often to administrate from your veterinarian FOR EACH PET. Be sure to add this to the species card(s).
Betadine antiseptic solution to clean wounds. This is an antiseptic used in hospitals and is available in large containers as well as smaller, more convenient ones.
Blood-clotting gel or powder or styptic powder to stop bleeding
Cold pack — the type that becomes cold when you fold the pack in half. This is to prevent or reduce swelling with a sprain or strain and to cool off pet if over heated)
Bottles of clean water to treat burns
Sheet, blanket or towel to warm a pet in shock or to use as emergency stretcher
Thermometer – non-mercury rectal digital. Keep extra batteries in your kit. CALL YOUR VET for normal temperature ranges for each type of pet.
Triple antibiotic ointment WITHOUT benzocaine or lidocaine
Tweezers — flat ended (to remove foreign objects)
Sterile saline solution (eye rinse or clean wounds)
Also include the following information:
Veterinarian’s phone number and hours of operation
Emergency Clinic phone number and how to get there. Mark this information on a map like you do for the shelters. If more than one is available, mark each clinic and have each phone number readily available.