Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital

(970) 484-8080

Always consult a veterinarian in case of any emergency. This first aid kit will enable you to provide some first aid procedures for your pet to prepare them for transport to a veterinary hospital.

Your First Aid Kit Should Include These Items:

Nylon leash- An emergency leash.
Syringes- Can be used to draw up small amounts of the following solutions or used to help rinse small wounds.
Saline Solution- A rinsing solution that can be used to rinse out small wounds, eyes, and the mouth.
Hydrogen Peroxide- Sometimes used to make your pet vomit. Always consult a veterinarian first!
Nolvasan Solution- Mild antiseptic solution that must be diluted with water. The solution should be a very light blue color. This can be used to cleanse small wounds. Do NOT use near or in the eyes.
Quick Stop (Styptic Powder)- Powder is used to stop a bleeding toe nail. A cotton tipped applicator works well to apply the powder to the end of the nail.
Thermometer- Use a small amount of KY lube applied to the thermometer to take your pet's temperature rectally.
4x4 Gauze Squares- Can be used to help cleanse small wounds.
Cotton Balls- Can be used to help cleanse small wounds.
Bandage Material: a variety of materials and sizes should be included if you need to place an emergency bandage on your et for transport. Be careful when applying bandages, you want it to stay in place but not too tight, as to interfere with your pet's blood circulation.
Telfa Pads- This should be applied directly on top of the wound.
Cast Padding (cotton like material)- The next layer applied somewhat firmly but not tight.
Stretch Gauze- Used to secure the bandage in place, slight tension should be used, do not apply tightly.
Vet Wrap- Applied as the outer layer, this keeps the bandage in place (vet wrap will stick to itself). Do not pull this material tight, lay it loosely over the bandage.
Tape- A small amount is used to keep the end of the outer bandage layer in place.