Assembling a Pet First Aid Kit

A pet first aid kit is helpful if you have pet dogs, cats or other animals in your home. Pet medical needs are different from human ones in many cases, and the items that you should have on hand to help deal with an injury or medical issue for a person are oftentimes somewhat different than those that you'll need for a pet. In order to ensure that you can properly care for mild medical issues that come up at home, as well as to stabilize your pet while you take it to a veterinary hospital in more serious cases, ensure that you follow these guidelines to assemble a good pet first aid kit.

Tools and Materials

  • Small plastic container
  • Pen and paper
  • Large and small plastic bags
  • Paper towels
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton balls
  • Sterile gauze pads and medical tape
  • Small pair of scissors or shears
  • Small flashlight
  • Bottle of water and small amount of pet food
  • Water bottle or bowl and food bowl

Step 1 -- Determine the Size of the Kit

Purchase a small plastic container that can be easily opened and closed in order to hold all of the items in your pet first aid kit. The size of this container should be dependent upon where you'll keep the kit. A kit that's stored at home can be larger than one that is kept in a car, for instance.

Step 2 -- Have the Proper Information

One of the most important things that you can do for your pet in order to ensure that it gets the medical attention necessary is to know who to contact. Keep a list of the emergency contact numbers that you might need for your pet. These include your veterinarian and a veterinary hospital in your area, a backup veterinarian's number, a local poison control hotline, and any other numbers that you expect would be appropriate and useful.

Step 3 -- Assemble the Kit

Pack a few plastic bags of different sizes in the kit. These can be helpful in cleaning up feces or vomit as necessary. The bulk of the kit should be items that can be used directly for your pet. These include paper towels to help clean it up, antibiotic ointment and hydrogen peroxide, as well as cotton balls and gauze pads to treat cuts or wounds. A small pair of scissors is helpful if your pet has long hair that you may need to cut out in order to reach the skin. A flashlight is helpful if you'll be out with your pet at night or need to see something more clearly. Finally, it's a good idea to pack a small amount of food and water for your pet so that he can eat or drink in an emergency situation.

Store the kit in a safe place where no one will be able to tamper with it. If your vet has given your pet any other regular medicine prescriptions, include a few doses of those medicines as well.