First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit for Pets

As responsible pet owners we should all be prepared to deal with emergencies before they occur. Basic first aid on animals is many times no different than on ourselves.

We, at Michigan City Animal Hospital, recommend not only to have a basic idea of first aid for our pets but also a first aid kit. An owner’s first aid kit does not really differ very much (if at all) from a basic first aid kit you might have for yourself or your family. A generic kit may even be created. If your pet has been diagnosed with a certain condition or disease that may need specific medications or equipment, these should be available in the kit for emergencies. Check with your veterinarian to be prepared. If you do not have a proper first aid kit (or wish to update the one you have) here is a list of things Michigan City Animal Hospital recommends:

  • Blanket (space blanket)
  • Thermometer (rectal, dedicated for pet use. We recommend digital thermometers, as they stand less chance of breaking).
  • Pen light
  • Sterile 4×4 gauze pads
  • Sterile Dressing (small, medium, large)
  • Roll Gauze
  • 1 and 2 inch white tape
  • Non stick (Telfa) bandages
  • Triangular bandage and safety pin
  • Cloth strips (for binding wounds and tying splints)
  • Betadine (wound cleanser)
  • Triple antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin)
  • Scissors, tweezers
  • Instant cold pack
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting, AS PER A VETERINARIAN’S INSTRUCTIONS)
  • Quick-Stop Powder (for stopping cut toenail bleeds)
  • Muzzle (that fits your pet! Your pet may be in pain and may even bite you though not intending to. Having a muzzle on the pet before moving it may save you or another family member from grievous injury. Muzzles are available in pet shops or can be ordered through us)
  • Splint
  • Glucose concentrate (eg., Karo Syrup or other syrup)

Your Veterinarian’s phone number: 219-872-4191

Local emergency clinic’s phone number: NCVEC 219-785-7300

National Animal Poison Control Center’s number: 1-888-426-4435