Okaaaay, so no one likes to think about needing a first aid kit for their pet. But what’s worse than that? Not having one around in an emergency, of course.
We’ve got you covered with a handy checklist of items to create your own kit. Keep everything in a duffle bag or backpack, store it an easily accessible spot, and bring it along if you travel or camp with your pet.
We also recommend taking an animal first aid class at your local community college or vet clinic (hands-on practice is everything). And checkout the (free!) Pet First Aid app by the American Red Cross, which offers tons of information about what to do in emergencies.
Of course, nothing replaces a good relationship with your vet. But being prepared for the unpredictable can help when you need it most. Here we go!
For Cuts or Wounds
Absorbent gauze pads
Cotton balls or swabs
Non-latex disposable gloves
Scissors with blunt end or bandage scissors
Liquid dishwashing detergent
Artificial tear gel
Collapsible travel food and water bowls
Serving of food and bottle of water
Comfort item (like an old toy)
For Everything Else
Collar with ID tags
Contact card with your name and number plus your vet’s name, number and address
Backup supply of prescription medication
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