It’s impossible to predict what sort of emergency might happen to your pet.  Should your pet become injured, quick treatment is vital.  You may not have time to conduct a search for the right remedy or tools.  Be proactive and have a small tool or fishing chest stocked with the necessary materials to treat the most common injuries at a moment’s notice.  You can also purchase commercial first-aid kits from pet supply stores and catalogs.  These kits contain all the basic items.  You can also put together your own using the following list as a guide.

Pet First-Aid Kit

  • Information card with your veterinary emergency clinic phone number and the local or national poison-control number.
  • Information card indicating your pet’s base line temperature and weight.
  • Commercial muzzle or length of fabric to make one in a pinch.
  • Bandaging materials such as sterile gauze pads and Tefla pads of various sizes.
  • 1 – 2 inch rolls of stretchable and non-stretchable gauze
  • Elastic bandages.
  • Plastic wrap to seal wounds.
  • Bandage tape.
  • Blunt scissors for bandaging and/or for trimming fur away from wounds.
  • Duct tape or other heavy tape (to immobilize your pet on a firm surface).
  • Bubble wrap (for splinting).
  • Blunt-tipped tweezers or hemostats (to remove splinters and other foreign objects).
  • Large needless syringe or eyedropper (to administer liquid medicine).
  • Rectal thermometer.
  • Clean towel or blanket (to restrain your pet, keep him warm or use as a stretcher.)
  • Ready-made cold packs and hot packs or a washcloth and a hot-water bottle to make your own.
  • Antiseptic liquid soap for cleaning soiled areas on the skin.

Shojai, Amy D. The First Aid Companion For Dogs & Cats. Rodale, Inc., 2001.