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First Aid for Pets – Creating an Emergency Kit

Emergencies can happen at any time, and it is important to be prepared if they do. Lots of stores, including That Fish Place, sell ready-made first aid kits for dogs and cats, but I’ve composed a list of materials you will need in case of medical emergencies. Remember to store all of the listed items in a waterproof plastic container and keep it in a readily accessible place.

Emergency Contacts List

  • Pet’s regular vet contact info and address
  • Emergency vet contact information, in case your vet is not available or close by
  • Poison Control Phone Number


  • Clean towels (both cloth and paper)
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Heat pack or hot water bottle
  • Lubricant jelly (mineral oil, KY)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Kwik-Stop powder or gel
  • Hemostats
  • Small penlight or flashlight
  • Rectal Thermometor
  • Scissors
  • Syringes of different sizes
  • Tweezers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Bandage Wrap
  • Gauze of different sizes
  • Band-Aids
  • First Aid Tape
  • Non-stick pads
  • Unflavored Pedialyte
  • Saline Solution
  • Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
  • Probiotic gel (BeneBac, LactoBac, Probios, or Fastrack)
  • Wound Disinfectant (Betadine, Povidone)

Remember to keep an eye on the expiration dates of all medicines and supplements and replace these products as needed. It is a good idea to go through your kit every six months to check to see what needs replaced or replenished. Next time I will go over what to do in case of a few common emergencies.


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    One other thing that’s a good idea to keep in a first aid kit would be some extra medication if your pet needs it. My Aussie has epilepsy, so I keep a few days worth of her meds just in case there’s an emergency.

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    Great advice, thanks for commenting!

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    Shannon's Pet-Sitting

    What good is a kit if you don’t know how to use it? I recommend people get certified in Pet CPR 1st Aid

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    This is amazing advice!It really helps,I know being a fellow dog lover!I also love the follow-up!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Jess has been an employee at That Fish Place/That Pet Place since 2005, stationed in both the Reptile and Small Animal rooms. She specializes in small animal care, and focuses particularly on rats, giving her the nickname of “The Rat Girl” by her customers and fellow employees. She has an Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Penn State York and is currently attending English courses online at University of Maryland University College. Her passion has always been animals and she has owned just about every variety of them, including cats, birds, reptiles, rodents, and even millipedes! She also loves writing and is working on publishing a series of young adult fantasy novels.
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