First aid kit for your pet

As a pet parent, you want to be sure that you can help your furry kid the best way you can. You need to make sure to have basic first aid supplies for your pets in your household.

Different species, age groups, and pet lifestyles have different first aid kit needs. For example, a diabetic pet kit should include honey in the event of a low blood sugar episode. Pets who take medications regularly should have a couple of days supply of all current medications (be sure to rotate meds to make sure they don’t expire).


Vet’s name and contact information

Know these numbers before you need them. If you do not know the number of the emergency clinic in your area, ask your veterinarian.



For wrapping wounds or muzzling the injured animal. To control bleeding or protect wounds.


Adhesive tape for bandages

For securing the gauze wrap or bandage.


Activated charcoal

To absorb toxic substances. Always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison


Digital thermometer

Do not insert a thermometer in your pet’s mouth—the temperature must be taken rectally.


Antibiotic ointment

For light use with minor skin wounds. Not for eye use. Caution is advised for animals that may ingest by licking.

Your veterinarian can help you customize a first aid kit to meet your pet’s additional medical needs.

You can print out a copy of this checklist to use as a shopping list, and keep a copy on your refrigerator or next to your pet first aid kit for quick reference in emergencies.

Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care đź’‰, but it may save your pet’s life until it receives veterinary treatment.

Building a First Aid Kit Isn’t Enough

Purchasing or building a kit is a great first step, but it won’t be a lot of help in the event of an emergency if you are not familiar with how and when to use the items. Make sure you have all the information you need!