How To Make A Pet First Aid Kit For Your Car

As an experienced traveler, you probably already have a first aid kit in your car. But if you’re bringing your pets, it’s important to make sure your kit contains items specific to their needs.

German shepherd dog with a bandage on its paw

People who like to take road trips know how important it is to keep a first aid kit in their car. Packing the essentials to treat headaches or bandage cuts can prevent minor ailments and injuries from getting worse. And the same goes for your furry travel companions! If you’re traveling with pets, we’ll help you make sure your pet first aid kit has the items you might need to help them.

How to Make a Pet First Aid Kit

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find a pet first aid kit you can buy is easy. They contain the basics, but you’ll still need to make some important additions to complete your kit.

If you’re willing to invest a little more time, it may be more economical to start from scratch and gather everything you’ll need to make your own pet first aid kit. Luckily, you probably already have plenty of items on hand!

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Small dog being held by a veterinarian

Before you even start gathering first aid supplies, it’s important to know how to use them. A pet first aid book is a handy reference. And if you keep it with your kit, you can quickly review all the procedures you need to help your pet.

In a waterproof container or bag, also include your veterinarian’s phone number, the APSCA Poison Control Hotline (800-426-4435), your pet’s vaccination certificates, and copies of other records important medical.

Wound care

The most common pet injuries are cuts, scrapes, and torn nails, so let’s start there. When treating one of these wounds, you’ll want to stop the bleeding, clean the wound, and cover it until a professional can examine it. Here are the supplies your pet first aid kit should include for these injuries:

Buster the German Shepherd lying on the floor in the veterinary clinic


Your pet first aid kit should also include some medications. These should only be administered if instructed to do so by a veterinarian or poison control centre.

  • Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) – to induce vomiting, as directed by a professional
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) – for allergic reactions, if directed by a veterinarian

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It’s hard to anticipate all the things your pet may get into while you’re on the go. Having the following items in your pet first aid kit can be helpful in a variety of situations:

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Be prepared for a visit to the vet

If your pet is injured or sick, there’s a good chance you’ll go to a veterinarian. In that case, you’ll be happy to have your pet’s medical records, digitized on a USB drive, in your first aid kit.

Having all of your pet’s vaccination and health information with you will allow the veterinarian to quickly assess your pet’s condition and begin treatment.

Honey the golden retriever looks lovingly at her vet, Dr. Armao.

It’s scary when your furry travel companion is injured or sick. But when you’re prepared with a bit of first aid knowledge, a good pet first aid kit, and information for the vet, you can stay calm and focus on helping your pet.

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