It’s a great idea to have a pet emergency kit at your home and a smaller one in your car. You can
buy kits already assembled or you can put them together yourself. Use a small plastic container
with a tight-fitting lid or use a tackle box for each kit. It should contain the following items:
 Phone number and directions to your veterinary hospital
 Phone number and directions to closest emergency veterinary hospital
 Phone number of poison control center
 Rectal thermometer
 K-Y jelly without spermicide
 Tweezers to remove ticks, burrs, and splinters
 Blunt tip scissors
 Disposable latex gloves
 Syringes of various sizes
 Pen light
 Nylon slip leash
 Rubbing alcohol
 3% Hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds
 Diphenhydramine or Benadryl for allergic reactions
 Antibiotic ointment for wounds
 Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Nolvasan
 Cortisone spray or cream
 Sterile saline for flushing eyes or other areas
 Ear cleaning solution
 Roll of 2-inch-wide gauze bandage
 Roll of 1-inch-wide bandage tape
 Roll of 2-inch-wide Vetrap
 Gauze pads in different sizes
 Nonstick pads
 Roll of cotton
 Cotton balls
 Cotton swabs
 Soap or mild shampoo for cleaning
 Muzzles that you can buy at pet stores
 Styptic powder/sticks, Kwik-Stop, or cornstarch to control nail bleeding
 Nail clippers and metal nail file
 Magnifying glass
 Two heavy towels/blankets to use as a stretcher and to keep pet warm
 Several clean towels
 Paper towels
 Pedialyte for dehydration
 Nutri-Cal nutritional supplement
 Karo syrup for low blood sugar
 Flea comb