PET FIRST AID KIT CHECKLIST
Keep a kit of basic first aid supplies for the pets in your household. Many of the items in a family first aid kit can be used for pets, too.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
(veterinarian, emergency clinic, animal control, non-
PET’S MEDICAL RECORD
DIGITAL FEVER THERMOMETER to take your pet’s temperature
MUZZLE to prevent bites (DO NOT muzzle your pet if he/she is vomiting)
SPARE LEASH AND COLLAR
GAUZE ROLL for wrapping wounds or muzzling an injured animal
CLEAN TOWELS for restraining cats, cleaning or padding
NONSTICK BANDAGES OR STRIPS OF CLEAN CLOTH
to control bleeding or protect wounds
ADHESIVE TAPE for securing bandages
EYE DROPPER (or large syringe without needle)
to give oral treatments or flush wounds
MILK OF MAGNESIA OR ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
to absorb poison(Use only if instructed to do so by your veterinarian)
3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDEto induce vomiting
(Always contact your veterinarian before inducing vomiting;
do not use hydrogen peroxide on wounds.)
SALINE SOLUTION for cleansing wounds (Saline sold for use with contact lenses works well for most purposes.)
LOCATION OF PET CARRIER (for cats and small dogs)
in a small area to reduce the risk of additional injury.
Pet carriers work well, or you can use a box or other container
(but make sure your pet has enough air).
For larger dogs, you can use a board, sled, blanket or something similar to act as a stretcher.
Call your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic so they can be ready for you when you arrive.
IF YOUR PET’S WOUND IS BLEEDING
Apply direct pressure with a clean towel or cloth for at least 3 minutes before checking to see if the bleeding has stopped. Severe bleeding can quickly be life-
IF YOUR PET IS BURNED
Apply a muzzle and flush the burn with cool (not cold) water.
Seek immediate veterinary care.
IF YOUR PET HAS HEATSTROKE
If you cannot immediately get your pet to a veterinarian, move him/her to a shaded area and out of direct sunlight. Place a cool or cold, wet towel around your pet’s neck and head (do not cover your pet’s eyes, nose or mouth). Remove the towel, wring it out, then rewet and rewrap it every few minutes. Pour or use a hose to keep cool water running over the animal’s body (especially the abdomen and between the hind legs. Then, use your hands to sweep the water away as it absorbs the body heat. Transport the pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
IF YOUR PET IS BITTEN BY A SNAKE
Assume the snake is poisonous and seek veterinary attention immediately. Try to identify the snake if it can be done without risk; do not attempt to capture or kill the snake. Do not bring the snake into the veterinarian’s office a photograph will do.