What’s In Your Pet First Aid Kit?

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.

Julian With His Pet First Aid KitWhen 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

  1. Adhesive Tape (1-inch roll)
  2. Gauze Pads (3 or 4-inch square)
  3. Gauze Rolls (2-inch for small pets, 3-inch for big dogs)
  4. Quick-Clot Gauze or Sponges (Don’t use the powder and don’t use on head or scalp)
  5. Triangular Bandages
  6. Individually-Wrapped Sanitary Napkins.
  7. Baby socks
  8. Paint Stir-Sticks (use as splints)
  9. SAM Splints


  1. Digital Thermometer (check battery twice a year)
  2. Scissors (blunt end)
  3. Tweezers
  4. Tick-Remover Tool
  5. Eye Dropper
  6. Syringe (12cc with the needle removed)

Ointments, Disinfectants & Medications:

  1. Benadryl (pink)
  2. Betadine Solution
  3. Antibiotic (triple)
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
  5. Sterile Saline Eye Wash
  6. Vinegar or Baking Soda (a mild alkali for neutralizing burns caused by acids)
  7. Activated Charcoal (for absorbing poisons)
  8. Petroleum Jelly
  9. Mushers Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax
  10. Kaopectate
  11. Dawn Dish Detergent
  12. Chemical Ice Pack

Miscellaneous Equipment & Supplies:

  1. Small Flashlight
  2. Needle Nose Pliers
  3. Q-Tips
  4. Razor Blades
  5. Extra Leash and Collar
  6. Muzzle (Dog and/or Cat)
  7. Pack-A-Paw Rescue Harness
  8. Mylar Emergency Blanket
  9. Plastic Bags (for clean up or samples)
  10. Permanent Marking Pen
  11. Photo of You and Your Pet
  12. Towel or Blanket (large enough to transport pet)
  13. Gloves (Latex or Nitrile)
  14. T-Shirt
  15. Shemagh Tactical Scarf
  16. Water
  17. Collapsible Water Bowl
  18. Contact Card (Emergency Vet, Police, Poison Control Hotline)
  19. Treats

Top 10 Situations Requiring Immediate Veterinary Care

  1. Trauma: Head, Chest or Abdomen
  2. Seizure: Prolonged or First Time
  3. Arterial Bleeding
  4. Fractures
  5. Poisoning
  6. Shock
  7. Respiratory Distress
  8. Inability to Walk
  9. Bloat
  10. Unconsciousness

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.

Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART)


Any Animal, Any Disaster, Anywhere

The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART) was created through a private-public partnership to serve as a unifying network of organizations, businesses, federal, state, county, and local government agencies and individuals that support the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for emergencies affecting animals. Because disaster response needs to happen at a local level, PASART builds County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) across the state. County coordinators are selected to lead the development of county teams consisting of volunteers who will respond to emergencies at the local level.

Goals of PASART

  • To facilitate a rapid, coordinated, and effective response to any emergency affecting animals;
  • To decrease the health and safety threat to humans and animals;
  • To minimize the economic impact of emergencies affecting animals; and
  • To prevent or decrease the spread of disease during emergencies affecting animals.

How You Can Help

  1. Volunteer! Visit www.pasart.us to find out how to become a PASART volunteer. People with all types of skills, expertise, and resources are needed. The PASART website also includes a calendar of events for free training opportunities so when a disaster strikes, you are trained and ready to go.
  2. Donate! Preparing for a disaster and responding to one is expensive and requires a lot of resources and equipment. Plus, PASART helps all domestic animals. This requires us PASART to be ready for any kind of disaster event and depending on the animals involved; it may even require special equipment. Contribute financially to support PASART’s training and response efforts.
  3. Prepare! Create disaster preparedness kits and emergency plans for your family, pets and other animals. The time to prepare your home, business, or farm for an emergency is before the emergency occurs.

Tips for Protecting Your Animals in a Disaster

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

  1. Keep a “Pet Emergency Kit” ready. The kit should include a few days worth of medication, your pet’s medical and vaccination records, a leash, collar, identification, water, food, toys, and bedding.
  2. Make sure that your animals have some form of permanent identification such as a microchip, brand, tattoo, etc.
  3. Purchase a pet carrier and label it with emergency contact information.
  4. Store water and feed for emergencies.
  5. Create a contingency play for animals including horses, livestock, etc., in an emergency situation that addressed transportation, water and feed resources, and areas for confinement if needed.

Need More Information?

Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team
2605 Interstate Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9364
Phone: 717-651-2736 or 717-651-2187
Fax: 717-651-2125
Email: c-jhersh@pa.gov
Websites: www.pasart.us and www.readypa.org