How to make a pet first aid kit

pet first aid kit

It’s important to be prepared for any type of pet health emergency.  Having a plan for you and your pet during any type of natural disaster is also important.  In order to be prepared you need a pet first aid kit.  Dr. Anna Coffin has provided an extensive list of what you need in a pet first aid/disaster kit.

You can easily make a pet first aid kit with a tackle or tool box.  A human first aid kit will contain most of the basics you will need to get your pet first aid kit started.  If you need help finding items ask your local veterinarian. [Tweet “You can easily make a pet first aid kit with a tackle or tool box”]       

Pet first aid kit contents:


These items should be put in a waterproof container and kept in the pet first aid kit

  • Photos of your pets
  • Your veterinarian’s phone number and address
  • Phone number and address of a local 24-hour pet emergency clinic
  • Animal poison control number:  Pet poison hotline and ASPCA
  • Your pet’s medical information:  vaccine history, microchip number, a list of your pet’s medical conditions, list of medications your pet is currently taking
  • Pet first aid book

Medical items:

  • alcohol
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • cotton balls
  • gauze pads
  • gauze roll
  • Q-Tips
  • vet wrap
  • adhesive tape
  • tongue depressors
  • scissors
  • muzzle (a leash can be fashioned to make a muzzle)
  • saline solution
  • thermometer
  • petroleum jelly
  • gloves
  • tweezers
  • ear wash
  • contact solution
  • nail trimmers
  • penlight or small flashlight
  • syringe
  • styptic powder or pencil
  • needle nosed pliers
  • hair clippers or mustache trimmer


  • Benadryl or Zyrtec – check with your veterinarian for the proper dose of your pet
  • pain medication – ask your veterinarian for a sample that is appropriate for your pets
  • antibiotic spray or ointment – These products can be found over the counter.  Your vet may also be willing to sell you a veterinary product for your pet first aid kit.
  • Karo syrup to be used for low blood sugar crisis
  • several days’ worth of each medication that your pet is currently taking


  • food
  • bottled water
  • pet carrier
  • pillow case or towel for wrapping a cat
  • blanket
  • leash
  • cat litter
  • litter box (can use an aluminum roasting pan as a disposable litter tray)
  • food/water bowls
  • paper towels
  • can opener
  • batteries

It’s important to make sure you rotate food and water provisions and keep your pet’s medical records up to date.  Also, check expiration dates on medication and renew as needed.  By placing these items together and storing them all in a large storage container with a lid you can grab them and go in case of an emergency or any natural disaster emergency. 


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