Dog with a first aid kit

Did you know April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month? Now that many of us find ourselves with extra free time, it’s the perfect excuse to organize a first aid kit for our four-legged friends. If you already have a kit, you may want to refresh some items and make sure your supplies haven’t expired.

Emergencies arise all the time and having well-stocked first aid kits for both humans and pets makes good sense. Being prepared ahead of time can help you remain calm (or as calm as possible) in emergency situations. It’s a good idea to keep your kit in a plastic bin, a backpack, or other container. Not only are your supplies all in one place, you can easily take the kit with you when you leave home (when we all FINALLY get to leave home). Another way to be prepared is to create a “go bag” with smaller sizes of basic supplies. This way, you can have a larger kit at home that you use to refill the smaller kit for your car, for example, as supplies run out.

Nothing takes the place of seeking professional veterinary care for an injured pet. That being said, if you are somewhere and you can’t immediately get to your vet or emergency room, having these basic supplies will allow you to care for your pet until you can get help.

Here are some items every at-home pet first aid kit should include:

Basic First-Aid Supplies

  • Absorbent Gauze pads
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Gauze Rolls
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Medical Tape
  • Neosporin
  • Vaseline
  • Vet Wrap (Elastic, cohesive wrap)
  • Sterile Eye Wash
  • Styptic Powder
  • 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

General Supplies

  • Bandage Scissors
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Ice Pack
  • Nylon slip-lead leash
  • Pet First Aid book
  • Pet Nail Clippers
  • Quick-Read Rectal Thermometer
  • Towel or blanket
  • Tweezers

Important Phone Numbers

  • Your local vet
  • Local emergency vet
  • Pet Poison Hotline: 1-888-426-4435

Pet-Specific Supplies

  • Vaccination records, including Rabies certificate

Keeping a first aid kit nearby ensures you’ll be prepared for the unexpected. Not only will a kit give you peace of mind, it will allow you to provide basic first aid to your loved ones while seeking veterinary care. Plus, once you have a kit assembled, you’ll be ready to hit the road for all new adventures once we’re able to get back outside!