What should you have in your pet’s first aid kit?
Having the right supplies with you in the event of an emergency is very important. We recommend keeping a well-stocked first aid kit at home and in your car.
When we go on hikes, our dogs are required to carry their own pet first aid kit in a backpack. It makes it easier to transport supplies, and it gives them a job.
Here’s what we recommend for the contents of your pet first aid kit:
Dressings & Bandages
- Adhesive Tape (1-inch roll)
- Gauze Pads (3 or 4-inch square)
- Gauze Rolls (2-inch for small pets, 3-inch for big dogs)
- Quick-Clot Gauze or Sponges (Don’t use the powder and don’t use on head or scalp)
- Triangular Bandages
- Individually-Wrapped Sanitary Napkins.
- Baby socks
- Paint Stir-Sticks (use as splints)
- SAM Splints
- Digital Thermometer (check battery twice a year)
- Scissors (blunt end)
- Tick-Remover Tool
- Eye Dropper
- Syringe (12cc with the needle removed)
Ointments, Disinfectants & Medications:
- Benadryl (pink)
- Betadine Solution
- Antibiotic (triple)
- Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
- Sterile Saline Eye Wash
- Vinegar or Baking Soda (a mild alkali for neutralizing burns caused by acids)
- Activated Charcoal (for absorbing poisons)
- Petroleum Jelly
- Mushers Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax
- Dawn Dish Detergent
- Chemical Ice Pack
Miscellaneous Equipment & Supplies:
- Small Flashlight
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Razor Blades
- Extra Leash and Collar
- Muzzle (Dog and/or Cat)
- Pack-A-Paw Rescue Harness
- Mylar Emergency Blanket
- Plastic Bags (for clean up or samples)
- Permanent Marking Pen
- Photo of You and Your Pet
- Towel or Blanket (large enough to transport pet)
- Gloves (Latex or Nitrile)
- Shemagh Tactical Scarf
- Collapsible Water Bowl
- Contact Card (Emergency Vet, Police, Poison Control Hotline)
Top 10 Situations Requiring Immediate Veterinary Care
- Trauma: Head, Chest or Abdomen
- Seizure: Prolonged or First Time
- Arterial Bleeding
- Respiratory Distress
- Inability to Walk
Pet CPR & First Aid training is essential for pet owners and pet care service providers. While online training is better than nothing, having hands-on training is preferred. Tranquil Trails Pet Care Specialists are required to receive hands-on Pet CPR & First Aid training within their first three months of employment.
It is also strongly recommended that you do a Nose-to-Tail Wellness Assessment once a week so you know what’s normal for your pet. I’ll cover more about this in a future post.
If your pet is involved in an accident or experiencing a severe pet emergency, you can call 911 and ask them to call out your local CART.