What's in a pet's well stocked medicine cabinet

Pets get into the same minor scrapes humans do, from bee stings to cuts.  You need to determine if it’s worthy of a visit to the vet, but in the meantime, having a well-stocked pet first aid kit can alleviate some discomfort as a first step.  This should never replace a visit to the vet, however, if one is called for.

Important information to have on hand:

A pet first aid book

Your vet’s number

Up to date paperwork for your pet

Your pet’s age, weight, breed and symptoms


First aid kit items:

Absorbent sterile gauze pads

Adhesive tape

Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray

Cotton balls or swabs

Gauze rolls

Hydrogen peroxide – to clean wounds or induce vomiting

Non-latex disposable gloves

Petroleum jelly


Digital rectal thermometer – Normal body temperatures for dogs & cats is 99.5 – 102.5 F

Saline solution to flush eyes

Telfa bandage pads


Milk of Magnesia

Styptic powder – to stop bleeding on nail tips

Antibiotic ointment

Anti-fungal spray

Anti-itch spray

Ear & eye wipes

First aid lotion

Flea & tick shampoo

Grease-cutting dish detergent for cleaning wounds

Iodine for wounds

Sterile eye ointment

Small nail scissors

Tick release ointment

Ice pack & heat pack

Antidiarrheal medicine like Pet Pectate

Benadryl for allergic reactions

Eye dropper

Magnifying glass


Keep your pet’s first aid kit in a cool and dry area with easy access.  Check expiration dates every so often.



The American Red Cross has a Pet First Aid app you can download.  It will give you expert advice, videos, and step-by step instructions in pet emergencies.  For both Apple and Android.

National Animal Poison Control Center has a 24 hour Poison Hotline:




There is a $30 charge for each call.


The ASPCA poison control center is 800-426-4435


PetMD is a comprehensive website.