What Should I Have in My Pet’s First-Aid Kit?
Keeping your dog, cat, or other pet safe and healthy while camping is important. Accidents happen. Be prepared for anything with a first-aid kit that has all the essential supplies you need. You can buy a pre-assembled first-aid kit from a pet store or online, or you can easily put one together yourself with the following supplies. Be sure to check them periodically and replace any supplies that have expired.
Basic First-Aid Supplies for Your Pet
Gauze pads (to cover wound)
Gauze rolls (for wrapping wounds or muzzling animal)
Adhesive tape (to secure gauze/bandages; do NOT use human bandages on pets)
Self-cling gauze bandage: This bandage sticks to itself, not to your pet’s fur.
Scissors (to trim fur or cut bandages/tape)
Non-latex disposable gloves
Tweezers (removing debris)
Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder, or spray (to clean wounds/hands)
Cotton balls (to apply ointment/cream)
Rectal thermometer (to check temperature)
Petroleum jelly (to lubricate thermometer)
Rubbing alcohol (to clean thermometer)
Ear-cleansing solution (to flush ears)
Plastic eyedropper/syringe (to give oral treatments or flush wound)
Styptic powder (to stop bleeding from nails)
Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison; ONLY if directed by veterinarian or poison control)
Hydrogen peroxide: Helps to induce vomiting. ONLY administer if directed by veterinarian or poison control.
Foil emergency blanket (to control body temperature due to shock/exposure)
Wooden tongue depressor (to examine mouth/throat)
Muzzle (to prevent biting; do not use if pet is vomiting, choking, or having trouble breathing)
Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
Non-prescription antibiotic ointment: Apply to your pet’s wound after it has been cleaned.
Expired or sample credit card (to scrape away stingers)
Instant ice pack (apply to bruise or bandaged wound)
Sting relief pad (apply to insect bite/sting)
In addition to the Basic First-Aid supplies listed above, you should always travel with the following items regarding your pet:
Your pet’s current medications
Copies of your pet’s health records (proof of rabies vaccinations, medical records)
Your veterinarian’s phone number
Phone numbers of local veterinarians/ER veterinary clinics along your route (find these ahead of time)
ASPCA’s poison-control center number (888-426-4435)
For more information about how to safely travel with your pet, read our post on emergency pet care on the road!