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
- Antiseptic towelettes
- Baby-dose syringe or eye dropper
- Diphenhydramine-containing antihistamine—only given at your vet’s recommendation
- Eye wash or sterile water
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Latex gloves
Other items to keep on hand:
- Paper towels
- Bath towels
- 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.
- FREE Pet First Aid Mobile App from the American Red Cross: Download to Your Phone
- Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist from the American Red Cross
- Cat and Dog First Aid Instruction Manuals sold by the American Red Cross
- Cat First Aid, an American Red Cross book sold on Amazon
- Dog First Aid, an American Red Cross book sold on Amazon