First Aid Kit for Pets

As pet owners, we all want to keep our furry friends healthy and happy. But accidents can happen, and it's important to be prepared in case of an emergency. That's why every pet owner should have a pet first aid kit on hand. In this article, we'll go over what should go into a pet first aid kit, tailored specifically for a UK audience.

First, let's talk about the container for your kit. You'll want something that's sturdy, waterproof, and easy to carry. A small backpack or duffel bag works well, or you can buy a pre-made pet first aid kit that comes in its own container. Whatever you choose, make sure it's easy to grab and take with you in case of an emergency.

Now, let's move on to what should go inside the kit. Here are some essentials:

  1. Bandages - You'll want to have a variety of bandages on hand, including gauze pads, self-adhesive wrap, and adhesive tape. These can be used to wrap wounds, secure splints, or cover cuts and scrapes.

  2. Antiseptic wipes - These wipes are great for cleaning wounds and preventing infection. Look for ones that are safe for use on pets, as some human antiseptics can be harmful to animals.

  3. Scissors - A pair of small, sharp scissors will come in handy for cutting bandages and tape.

  4. Tweezers - Tweezers are great for removing ticks, splinters, or other small foreign objects from your pet's skin.

  5. Disposable gloves - It's important to protect yourself when treating your pet's injuries, so make sure you have a pair of disposable gloves on hand.

  6. Thermometer - A digital thermometer is a must-have for any pet first aid kit. You'll be able to quickly and easily check your pet's temperature, which can be an indicator of illness or injury.

  7. Eye wash - If your pet gets something in their eye, you'll want to be able to flush it out quickly. Eye wash is gentle and safe for use on pets.

  8. Emergency blanket - If your pet is injured or in shock, keeping them warm is important. An emergency blanket can help regulate their body temperature.

  9. Phone numbers - In case of an emergency, it's important to have our daytime practice phone number 01452 830086 handy, as well as the number of our out of hours cover on 01452 543990 local emergency vet clinic, and the 24/7 UK Animal Poison Advice Line 01202 509000 saved in your phone or written down.

  10. Any medication your pet is currently taking - If your pet takes medication regularly, make sure you have an extra supply in your first aid kit.


Of course, this list is just a starting point. Depending on your pet's specific needs, you may want to add other items, such as a muzzle (to prevent biting), hydrogen peroxide (for inducing vomiting if your pet ingests something toxic), or a pet-specific first aid book.

It's also a good idea to take a pet first aid course, so you'll know how to use the items in your kit and what to do in an emergency. Many organisations offer these courses, including the Red Cross.

Make sure to regularly check and update your pet first aid kit. Make sure all items are in good condition and haven't expired. If you use an item from the kit, replace it as soon as possible.

A pet first aid kit is an essential item for any pet owner. By being prepared, you can help keep your furry friend healthy and safe in case of an emergency. So gather your supplies, put together your kit, and breathe a little easier knowing you're ready for anything.


Nick Horniman MRCVS