How to Make a First Aid Kit for Your Pet

If your dog or cat is sick or injured the steps you take until you can get your pet to a vet may sometimes mean the difference between life and death. That’s why you should make and keep a Pet First Aid Kit in your home along with some basic first aid instructions.

Below is a list of what you’ll need. We suggest keeping it all in a waterproof box such as a plastic toolbox or a fishing tackle box.



  • Rolls of 2- and 3-inch gauze
  • Gauze pads in a variety of sizes
  • Adhesive for bandages
  • Non-stick bandages
  • Self-clinging wrap/bandage
  • Antibiotic salve
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Alcohol and alcohol wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Baby-dose syringe or eye dropper
  • Diphenhydramine-containing antihistamine—only given at your vet’s recommendation
  • Eye wash or sterile water
  • Eyedropper
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Latex gloves


Other items to keep on hand:

  • Paper towels
  • Bath towels
  • Blanket(s)
  • Plastic garbage bags


Also include the following contact info in your kit:

  • Fort Street Veterinarian: 402-884-3383
  • For after hours, the Animal Emergency Clinic: 402-339-6232
  • The National Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435)
  • The HomeAgain® Emergency Medical Hotline, 1-888-HOMEAGAIN (1-888-466-3242)


Always remember that an injured pet or a very frightened pet can be unstable. Even the most loving animal will bite and scratch. So…

  • Be calm with your pet if they’re hurt or traumatized and speak in a confidant but soothing voice.
  • If necessary, muzzle your pet to protect both of you.


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