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First Aid Kit for Pets

The contents of a first aid kit can be placed inside a plastic storage box or tackle box. Stay calm to keep your pet calm and be able to properly help. Call your veterinarian for his advice.

Before you begin first aid, make sure to muzzle your pet for his safety and yours. You can make a muzzle from an ace bandage, a cloth belt, nylon stocking, or neck tie. Wrap the bandage carefully over the nose, criss-crossing under the mouth and then tie around the head behind the ears, being careful not to make it too tight or too loose.

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In addition to the supplies listed below, keep a record of the address and phone number of your veterinarian and emergency animal clinic. Have a copy of your pet's medical record (including medications and vaccination history) handy. The Animal Poison Control Center phone number is: (888) 426-4435.

Place the following contents in a plastic storage container or tackle box.

  • name, address, phone number, and driving directions for your veterinarian and emergency animal clinic
  • copies of medical records
  • pet first-aid book
  • sterile gauze pads
  • adhesive tape roll
  • nonstick (Telfa) bandages
  • cotton swabs (Q-tips)
  • tweezers or hemostats
  • scissors
  • paper towels
  • 2 or more towels or blankets (for stretcher and for keeping pet warm)
  • magnifying glass
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • muzzle, fabric strip, or nylon stocking
  • hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • styptic pencil
  • antibacterial ointment
  • antiseptic cleansing wipes
  • Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol
  • Benadryl for allergic reactions
  • Karo Syrup for shock
  • eyewash and eyedropper
  • ear cleaning solution
  • mineral oil (a lubricant and laxative when given by mouth)
  • rectal thermometer
  • cold and heat packs
  • leather work gloves (to protect you from being bitten)
  • disposable Latex gloves
  • collar and leash
  • thin rope
  • splint materials (tongue depressor, 12-inch wooden ruler)