Fido and Fluffy’s First Aid Kit

Pet First Aid Kit Checklist

You can easily put together a well-stocked pet first aid kit using a waterproof container that opens and closes easily.

Remember to always have numbers for both your family veterinarian and an after-hours emergency veterinarian readily available! When faced with an emergency, call them first!

Bandage Material

  • 1” or 2” adhesive tape
  • 2” or 4” conform roll gauze – to wrap around wounds or use as a safety muzzle
  • Newspaper
  • Gauze pads – for cleaning wounds
  • Cotton padding
  • Rolled cling
  • Bandage scissors

Cleaning Materials

  • Alcohol – to sterilize items such as scissors or tweezers
  • Dilute betadine or chlorhexidine
  • Wound flush / sterile saline
  • Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid – for bathing an animal after skin contamination


  • Petroleum or water-based lubricant
  • Eye Wash (saline solution)
  • Tissue glue
  • Activated charcoal
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide


  • Aspirator bulb syringe
  • Blanket – to wrap around injured pet, carry an injured pet and provide warmth
  • E-collar
  • Ice pack – to reduce swelling or pain
  • Latex gloves – to help protect you and keep the wound sanitary
  • Muzzle – to prevent you pet from biting you or chewing on an injury while in pain
  • Nail trimmers
  • Nylon leash
  • Penlight
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rags or rubber tubing – to use as a tourniquet
  • Digital thermometer – to find out if your pet is running a fever (a mercury thermometer can shatter)
  • Silver nitrate sticks
  • Stethoscope
  • Tick removal tool or tweezers – for removing objects from skin or paws

I hope having this as a guide is helpful. May your cat or dog remain happy, healthy and emergency free!






Dr. Alicia Harris