Learn how to stock a first aid kit at home for your pet so you can be prepared when your fur baby gets stung, injured, or sick.
Nothing is worse than your pet getting hurt or sick and not knowing what to do about it. Especially when you call the vet and you’re told they’re booked solid and can’t see your baby til tomorrow. I’ve been there, and it’s so scary, especially when you don’t have the right supplies on hand to treat your pet before or in lieu of visiting the vet.
This quick guide will help you stock the perfect pet first aid kit with everything your fur baby could need for immediate care.
What To Put In A Pet’s First Aid Kit
- Gauze and medical tape
- Antiseptic cream
- Antihistamine cream
- Saline eye wash
- Gentle dish soap (for cleaning off grease or sap)
- Peroxide (to induce vomiting)
- Alcohol wipes
- Snake bite kit
- Benedryl tabs (25mg tab per 25lb of dog)
- Styptic Powder (to stop bleeding)
- Hot spot relief spray
- Disposable gloves
- Instant cold compress
- Tweezers and scissors
- Oral syringe
- Liquid Bandage (like liquid stitches, but make sure it says “for animals”)
- Rectal thermometer for animals
- Ziplock bags
- Handheld shaver (to maintain a cleaner wound)
- Muzzle (in case they nip from treatment)
- Slip Lead (in case you can’t get collar and harness on to attach regular leash)
- E-Collar (to prevent from licking)
Of course, you may not need all of these items based on the type of pet you have and the lifestyle you and your fur baby lives, but this list is a great guide to help you put together an emergency kit that suits your needs.
Prepare Yourself With Video Training
Don’t wait until an emergency happens with your pet to watch a YouTube video or read an article. You won’t have time or focus to figure out what to do in the moment, so sit the family down one evening and watch the following videos together.
- How To Perform CPR On A Dog via Emergency Vet Instructs
- How To Perform CPR On A Cat via David Liss
- How To Perform The Heimlich On A Dog via Veterinary Secrets
- How To Perform The Heimlich On A Cat via Fixed By Doc
- How To Treat Minor Pet Injuries At Home via PDSA
- How To Bandage A Pet’s Paw via Ontario SPCA
- How To Induce Vomiting When A Pet Is Poisoned via Dr. Steve Weinberg
Want More Emergency Prep Resources?
If you’re on an emergency preparedness role and you want to keep preparing your family for anything that may come your way, these four posts will get you even more Organized*ish than ever:
- How To Stock A Home First Aid Kit
- Why You Need An Emergency Prep Box
- DIY Pet Window Decals For Emergency Responders
- How To Keep Important Home Info Safe And Organized
- How To Pack A Doggy Diaper Bag (photo above)
And if you want a full first aid kit checklist, emergency preparedness checklist, fire escape planning guide, and more emergency planning worksheets, check out the Organized*ish Family Emergency Planner Kit here.