When you aren't able to get your sick or injured pet to the vet, you still might be able to help. Check out these first aid supplies and tips for common situations that require medical attention.

Keep the following supplies handy in a lunch box or cleaning-tool tote. First aid does not substitute for veterinary treatment; but it does provide quick lifesaving attention for a sick or injured pet.

  • Adhesive tape
  • Diphenhydramine (such as Benadryl) for antihistamine relief of insect bites or stings
  • Eyedropper (for oral medications)
  • Gauze
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent)
  • Milk of magnesia or activated charcoal (to absorb poison)
  • Muzzle
  • Nonstick bandages (Telfa pads)
  • Rectal thermometer and lubricant (petroleum jelly)
  • Scissors or pocketknife to cut gauze and tape
  • Styptic powder to stanch bleeding
  • Towels and cloth
  • Veterinarian's office and emergency phone numbers
  • ASPCA's National Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) hotline: 888/426-4435


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