First Aid Kits for Pets

Accidents happen and often when you least expect it. Having a pet first aid kit can prevent a stressful situation for you and your pet.
Several companies offer pre-made pet first aid kits or you may wish to build your own. It’s a good idea to have a pet first aid kit anywhere you have your own first aid kit (car, house, camper, etc.)
First aid kits can be used for minor incidents as well as buying you time to get to a veterinarian in a more serious situation.

To build your own first aid kit, we suggest a clean, sturdy container to hold the following essentials:

- Hibitane or Iodine
- Epsom Salt
- Sterile eyewash
- Gauze (4×4)
- Absorbent/drying material (clean towels or paper towel)
- Non-stick sterile pads (Telfa)
- Vetwrap
- Thick bandage padding
- Adhesive tape
- Bandage scissors
- Tweezers
- Waterproof booties
- Disposable gloves
- Clean container (for cleaning wounds)

Add-ons (you may or may not want to add these)

- Sterile water or saline (for flushing dirty wounds)
- Sterile syringe and needle (for drawing up sterile water or saline)
- Benadryl (ask your veterinarian for dosing)
- Gravol (ask your veterinarian for dosing)
- Polysporin
- Quick stop powder (or cornstarch)
- Ice/heat packs
- Thermometer (and lubricant)
- Extra leash(es)
- Blanket
- Pet carrier (crate)
- Nail trimmers
- Tick remover
- Splint and/or tongue depressors
- Muzzle (if needed for your pets’ and your safety when addressing an injury)
- Bottled water

Depending on your pet’s species, age, health, and your lifestyle you may need to add a few extra items such as glucose monitor for diabetics and/or vet-prescribed pain relief.
If you are unsure of what to add to your kit, ask one of our veterinarians at your next wellness appointment and they can help you customize a first aid kit to meet your pet’s specific medical needs.

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