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Pets First Aid Supply Checklist

Pet first aid supplies checklist 

As a pet owner, you need to make sure to have basic first aid supplies for your pets in your household. Carefully putting together a well-provisioned first aid kit will make you more ready to deal with a medical emergency if one confronts you for your dog, cat or other pet. Have this kit in the house and fully stocked with supplies at all times, next to the first aid kit for your family. Many of the items in a family first aid kit can be used for pets, too

Phone numbers and your pet's medical record (including medications and vaccination history)


Emergency veterinary clinic:

Animal Poison Control Center:
888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435)
(there may be a fee for this call)



For wrapping wounds or muzzling the

injured animal

Nonstick bandages, towels, or strips of clean cloth

To control bleeding or protect


Adhesive tape for bandages

*do NOT use human adhesive bandages (eg, Band-Aids®) on pets

For securing the gauze wrap

Milk of magnesia
Activated charcoal

To absorb poison

Always contact your veterinarian

or local poison control center

before inducing vomiting or treating

an animal for poison

Hydrogen peroxide (3%)

To induce vomiting

Digital Thermometer
—you will need a "fever" thermometer because the temperature scale of regular thermometers doesn't go high enough for pets

To check your pet's temperature.

Do not insert a thermometer in

your pet's mouth—the temperature

must be taken rectally.

Eye dropper (or large syringe without needle)

To give oral treatments or flush wounds

Muzzle (in an emergency a rope, necktie, soft cloth, nylon stocking, small towel may be used)

To cover your pet's head.

If your pet is vomiting,

 do not muzzle it!


To transport your pet 

Stretcher (in an emergency a door, board, blanket or floor mat may be used)

To stabilize the injured anima

l and prevent further injury during transport


Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care.

 First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet's life until it

receives veterinary treatment.

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