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Almost everyone owns a first-aid kit they keep at home or in the car for emergencies.  If you are a pet owner, you should have, at least, a basic pet first-aid kit on hand.


Pet-Specific Supplies

–  Pet first-aid book
–  Phone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency
veterinary clinic, and a poison control center or hotline (ASPCA poison-control center hotline number is 1-800-426-4435)
–  A waterproof container or bag with your pet’s medical
records and a current photo
–  Nylon leash
–  Self-cling bandage (available in pet stores or pet supply
–  Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting



Basic First-Aid Supplies

–  Absorbent compresses/gauze pads or sponges, assorted sizes
–  Adhesive tape
–  Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
–  Emergency Blanket (foil)
–  Cotton swabs
–  Ice pack
–  Gauze rolls
–  Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting – do this only when
directed by a veterinarian or a poison control expert)
–  Non-latex disposable gloves
–  Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
–  Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise
above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
–  Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
–  Scissors
–  Sterile saline solution
–  Tweezers

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Other Useful Items

–  Ear-cleaning solution
–  Nail clippers
–  Towels
–  Penlight or flashlight
–  Needle-nosed pliers
–  Plastic eyedropper
–  Splints
–  Tongue depressors
–  Non-prescription antibiotic
–  Expired credit card or sample
credit card (from direct-mail credit-
card offers) to scrape away insect stingers
–  Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with
low blood sugar)
–  Rubbing alcohol to clean the thermometer
–  Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals, pet
supply stores, and your local pharmacy)
–  Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact
information on your pet’s collar when you travel)

Additional Recommendations

In addition to the items listed above, include anything your veterinarian has recommended specifically for your pet.

Check the supplies in your pet’s first-aid kit occasionally and replace any items that have expired.

For your family’s safety, keep all medical supplies and medications out of the reach of children and pets.