Pet First Aid

Many people keep a first aid kit around their house for that unexpected emergency. However, how many people have a first aid kit for their pets? While there may be some overlaps, there are some items you may want to have around just for your pet. Below is a list of things to consider putting in your pet’s first aid kit:

  • Alcohol wipes
  • Antiseptic spray or powder
  • Artificial tears
  • Benadryl (plain)
  • Clean towels/washcloths
  • Cotton balls
  • Dish soap
  • Disposable gloves
  • Elizabethan collar
  • Flashlight
  • Gauze pads
  • Ice pack
  • Oral syringe
  • Peroxide
  • Saline solution
  • Small scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Vet wrap (stretch bandage)
  • White medical tape
  • Wound Balm or OTC triple anti-biotic cream
  • Yarrow powder

The Red Cross offers a free pet first aid app (as well as many others) for pets that could put helpful information at your fingertips just when you need it most – text “GETPET” to 90999 to download the app.

You might find it helpful to familiarize yourself with potential poisonous substances. This information can be found at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control. If you are unable to reach HVH during an emergency, know the phone number for the closest pet emergency hospital near you as well as a 24-hour poison control service like the one offered by the ASPCA (their number is (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee may apply.”).