First Aid for Cats and Dogs

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Updated at: August 31, 2020

First Aid for Cats and Dogs | Innovet Pet

What Should You Have On Hand For A Pet First Aid Kit?

First Aid for Cats and Dogs | Innovet Pet

Having a first aid kit for pets is essential to any pet owner and it can make a great difference in the case of an emergency. A well-provisioned pet first aid kit will make you ready to deal with a medical emergency. You should have this kit in the house and fully stocked with supplies at all times, keep it right where you keep your family’s first aid kit.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) suggest that pet owners have a pet first kit with the following items:

  • Phone numbers. Keep the phone number of at least two emergency veterinary clinics in your area and the Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435).
  • Your pet's medical record. Your pet’s medical record should include all the vaccinations that your dog or cat has received, information about any previous allergic reactions and the medications that he/she is currently taking or has received in the past.
  • Gauzes. You can use them to wrap wounds or to muzzle a wounded animal.
  • Nonstick bandages. These will become handy to control bleeding.
First Aid for Cats and Dogs | Innovet Pet
  • Towels or strips of clean cloth. You can use towels to clean a wound or to wrap your pet in case he/she is suffering from hypothermia.
First Aid for Cats and Dogs | Innovet Pet
  • Adhesive tape. Use adhesive tape to secure bandages and wraps. Human bandages are not recommended for pets.
  • Milk of magnesia and/or activated charcoal. These products can absorb certain poisons if they were ingested recently. You should contact your veterinarian or poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison. You can Click Here to read more information about what to do if your pet eats something toxic.

About the Author:

Dr. Stephanie Flansburg-Cruz
Dr. Stephanie Flansburg-Cruz practices mixed animal veterinary medicine and she has a special interest in shelter medicine and animal welfare. Stephanie enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters, reading, writing and traveling.


American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Pet first aid supplies checklist. Retrieved from:

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