Suggested contents for your pet’s first aid box

Having a pet first aid kit at the ready could be useful in the event of an emergency. Below is a list of useful contents.

Further information on Pet First aid can be found in our links section.

Tick remover: one of the more common and less serious needs for a first aid kit. It is important to remove a tick in the correct manner. Incorrect removal, such as simply pulling it off, can remove the body of the tick but leave the head behind. This can lead to irritation and infection.

Sterile saline solution: This is used to flush out minor wounds or the eye, to remove contamination and removing any foreign matter including dirt, grit or fur.

Tweezers: These are ideal for removing small objects such as thorns, barbs, splinters and insect stings from paws and other places on your pet’s body. Entire object removal is best achieved with tweezers as fingers can sometimes push items further in or only remove part of the problem.

Bandages: Sterile dressings, clean items of clothing (socks etc) can be used to cover wounds, help to reduce bleeding and keep wounds clean until veterinary attention can be sought. A range of sterile dressing materials are ideal for covering wounds. Non adhesive ‘vet-wrap’ is a very useful covering dressing. Always ensure that ‘vet-wrap’ is not applied too tightly.

Tape: Tape can be used to securing dressings or to attach protective bags etc.

Space blanket: These are useful to keep your pet warm and help combat shock. Blankets/towels can be used to wrap your pet in or as a sling if your pet is unable to walk. If your pet is suffering from hyperthermia (heat exhaustion) a towel can be wetted with cool water and placed over their back.

Gloves and aprons: It is best to wear gloves when dealing with wounds to protect the sites from further infection.

Scissors: for cutting bandages, tapes or fur.

Plastic bags: they are useful for keeping dressings, especially feet, clean and dry.

Medications: your pet’s first aid kit should include a small emergency supply of any medication they are currently receiving. If your pet is diabetic, insulin must always be kept in the fridge. When travelling, we recommended that insulin is kept in a ‘cool-bag’. Ice packs can also be used in conjunction with a ‘cool-bag’, but they should not directly contact the insulin (insulin can be damaged by freezing). For diabetic pets we recommend keeping a dextrose gel preparation (‘Hypostop’) in your pet’s first aid kit.

Instant ice packs: are useful for reducing inflammation and swelling (not included in our prepared first aid kit).

Sterile lubricating jelly: this can used to cover wounds and eye injuries to prevent further contamination (not included in our prepared first aid kit).

The information contained on this webpage is intended as guide and should not be used as a substitute for a consultation with a qualified veterinary surgeon.