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PetSmart Encourages Us to Create an Emergency Pet First Aid Kit

Despite the number of accidents our dogs have had, we don’t have an emergency pet first aid kit. Well, that has changed, thanks to PetSmart, who have us a jump start by sending us a cool container and inspiring me to complete our first aid kit.

DIY First Aid Kit for Dog Owners



When I started putting together our emergency pet first aid kit, I didn’t bother following the list, because I know what needs to go in there…but then I realized that I so didn’t and I’d already recycled all the lovely instructions PetSmart sent to me – yeah, Fur Mom Confession? I don’t read instructions that are more than 2 paragraphs. The one and only reason I kind of miss my ex-husband.
Pet Finder shared a great list and I got to work…

  • Batteries
  • A Flashlight
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile gauze pads and bandages
  • First aid tape
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • A muzzle
  • A leash
  • A splint
  • Styptic powder to stop bleeding
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Prescription medications (for you and your pets)
  • Sterile latex gloves
  • Eye wash
  • A book on human and pet first aid
  • Mineral oil
  • Buffered aspirin
  • Benadryl
  • A blanket
  • A large bottle of water
  • Self-activating hot pack
  • Self-activating ice pack
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Copies of veterinary documents
  • Thermometer

I recently discovered an amazing article by Carol Bryant who writes Fidose of Reality; she shared some things that we may not have thought to add to our pet first aid kit – it’s brilliant and I’ll be heading back to the store.  Jessica Williams who writes You Did What with Your Weiner created a first aid kit for her car; another amazing idea and something I didn’t consider

You may never crack open your emergency pet first aid kit, but it’s nice to have. We don’t have natural disasters where I live (knock on wood). We barely even have a snow day unless I take it (as a vacation day). But Rodrigo was bitten by a coyote and a dog fight sent him to the vet earlier this year. Both Sydney and Rodrigo were stung by bees when they dug up a hive. And Blue’s day is coming. Now that we have all of our supplies in one place, it’s comforting to know that we’re prepared for whatever our dogs toss our way.

Use the above list to create your own emergency pet first aid kit. You can pick up a container at a local store, hobby store, or Target (pronounced Tar-gey). Or you can save yourself some time and invest in one of the following…



  1. Great tips – it’s very important to be prepared!

    • *smile*

  2. What a great idea! I have been scoping out the pre-packaged pet first aid kits at big box stores like Cabela’s for months and gathering supplies to create my own. I even asked the vet once to provide me with a list of OTC and prescription meds that would be good to have on hand for emergencies.

    • Ooooh, I hope you post an article when you’re finished. The only OTC that I know of is Benedryl (in there).

      • I will most definitely post a link when I get that post done – it has been in the works for a while. You’re giving me good inspiration to wrap it up. :)

  3. Well, I’m the mother of all paranoia so we had a first aid kit of various quality for quite a while, particularly when traveling. And even then I sit there agonizing over whether or not we should include things such as a snake kit.

    • What’s funny (but not ha ha funny) is that I didn’t even consider a kit for our car. I commit to finishing my kits before 8/31/2013!

  4. Thank you for posting the list. I will pass onto my clients and friends.
    YIKES Beehives! Bees can cause some damage to humans and pets alike.

    Glad your dogs are well.

    – Jack
    Dog Teaching

    • Thanks, Jack!

  5. TY for the shout out. Time for me to replenish Dexter’s first aid kit and get rid of anything old or expired.

    • My pleasure. I loved that post. I’ve read it 3x already.

  6. We recently relocated to hurricane-prone coastal Louisiana. I’ve been putting together our hurricane kit, which includes a ton of stuff for 3 dogs and a cat. I haven’t finalized their first aid kit yet, but your list is super helpful! I like an easy checklist instead of long directions, too! :)

    • That’s how my brain works too. When I see a ton of paragraphs, I just shut down and put it off until later. I love that PetFinder just gave me a list.

    • Yes, I did. And I’m adding that link to my post! Thanks for sharing it – because I’ve been thinking that I need to get started on my car kit too!

  7. Thanks for the concise list (yes, LIST because I am the same way. I scan things and will inevitably miss the critical part) and resources! I have been meaning to get something like this together, but I got overwhelmed with what would be appropriate to put in there.

  8. That is a great idea. One thing I always have that is not listed is a fresh tube of superglue. In an emergency/pinch, it can be used as a skin adhesive, like Dermabond.

    • Great idea!

  9. I found this post SO helpful Kimberly! I have been sick with Lyme Disease this summer (of course I was vigilant about watching out for the dog but not the parent!) so I have a renewed spirit to get our house in order and that includes first aid kits…for people AND pets! Thanks for sharing this information!!!

    • Fantastic, Amelia

      I’m glad I could help. Take care of yourself :)

  10. Great list / great post. The only other thing we’d have to bring along in my container would be a spare “Wilson” for Leo so he wouldn’t loose his mind! I of course have everything I need, but all over the house, definitely not in one place – so I will heed your advice and get on it.
    Take care – Doodle Mom

    • LOL – great tip, Cathy :)

  11. I share the paranoia because we live in earthquake country so I started an emergency kit for Hufflepup a while ago but have a few more things to get him. Then I have to make our kits! Also: it’s recommended that you have a work, car and home kit so I’m going to be doing so cross-packing for all of us soon. We’ll have some basics for dog/human in all kits in case any one kit is hard to reach. We’re gonna need quite a few packs to load these all up too! We’re supposed to have enough to survive for three days so I’d like a water purifier (or six!) to be sure we have water if water mains break.

    • Great point about the water purifier – I really like that idea and will look into that too. I’m not even halfway done with mine. I have set aside a day to go get the materials, list in hand. Be sure to pop over to Carol’s blog (linked above) to see what she added. Didn’t even think of these things.


  12. Great list!!! I have most of these handy, but a few of them never occurred to me. A muzzle, for example, makes perfect sense. My dogs would never intentionally bite me, but if they are in great pain, they might not be able to help themselves. I also don’t have a splint. Or mineral oil… what is that for, anyway?

    • It’s for constipation. So don’t let your dog get ahold of a bottle of it.

  13. Great list. I’ve been putting up first aid kits for my dog too. Now I know the things I missed.

    • Fantastic!


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