Everyone who shares a home with a pet should have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand. Keep your pet's first-aid kit in your home and take it with you in your car if you are traveling with your pet.

Emergency Preparedness Tips

Write emergency numbers on a card, and place them in your cupboard and in your cell phone. Include phone numbers for your veterinarian, your local veterinary emergency clinic, and the Animal Poison Control Center—888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435)—which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Purchase or make a first aid kit with supplies for your animals. Most pet stores sell basic kits; they also can be purchased online, or you can assemble one yourself and keep it next to your human first aid kit.

Kits should include:

  • gauze for wrapping wounds and muzzling injured animals
  • non-stick bandages and small clean towels for wounds and bleeding
  • adhesive tape or vet wrap to secure gauze and bandages
  • tweezers
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • activated charcoal to
  • absorb poison
  • hydrogen
  • peroxide to induce
  • vomiting (ONLY at the recommendation of a representative from the Poison Control Center or a veterinarian)
  • digital rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature must be taken rectally)
  • Vaseline to coat the thermometer
  • a muzzle or a soft cloth to use as a muzzle
  • stretcher, a small blanket, a board or a rug


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