How to assemble a basic first aid kit:

A first aid kit for a large dog will differ from a cat kit in the sizes of the bandages and other items, but the basic components are the same. Your veterinary healthcare team may have a sample kit to show you, or a kit list they recommend so be sure to check with them first.

Your pharmacy and veterinarian have all of the supplies you will need. Select a storage container that allows you to organize your supplies neatly. A fisherman's tackle box or tool organizer will do. Keep the kit out of reach of children and check it regularly for expired or depleted supplies.

Some suggestions for your first aid kit:

  • Muzzle
  • Protective gloves
  • Digital / rectal thermometer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Lubricating jelly
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Sterile rinse solution (saline, used as wound flush or eyewash)
  • Clean syringes (1ml and 5 ml)
  • Pen light
  • Blanket for pet transport
  • Cotton towels
  • Adhesive tape
  • Gauze squares
  • Gauze roll
  • Stretchy bandage
  • Non-stick sterile wound dressing
  • Cotton wool roll
  • Splinting item (e.g., a coffee stir stick or tongue depressor for small pets)
  • Bandage scissors
  • Tweezers
  • First Aid ointment or cream