You never know when your pet may stub a toe - or something worse. So be prepared. Buy a first-aid kit or create one for your pet by gathering up the following items and storing them together in a convenient place.

  • Your list of emergency phone numbers: veterinarian, poison control
  • Rabies/licensing information
  • First-aid manual
  • Blunt-tipped scissors
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Eye wash
  • Ear cleaning solution
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Petroleum or other lubricating jelly
  • Large, sterile gauze pads and rolls (a gauze roll can also act as a muzzle)
  • Ace bandage or vet wrap (a self-adhering bandage)
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tweezers
  • Tongue depressors and splints
  • Heavy or emergency blanket
  • Towels
  • Heavy gloves
  • Latex gloves
  • Penlight or small flashlight
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle
  • Tourniquet
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringe
  • Milk of magnesia
  • Activated charcoal
  • Grooming clippers
  • Nail clippers
  • Styptic pencil
  • Cold pack
  • Pet carrier