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 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.”).