As an experienced traveler, you probably already have a human first aid kit in your car. But if you take your pets along, it’s important to be sure that your kit is stocked with items specific to their needs.

German Shepherd dog with a bandage on his paw

People who love to take road trips know how important it is to keep a first aid kit in their car. Carrying the essentials to treat headaches or bandage cuts can prevent minor ailments and injuries from becoming more serious. And the same is true for your furry travel companions! If you travel with pets, we’ll help you ensure that your DIY dog first aid kit is stocked with items you might need to assist them.

How To Make A Pet First Aid Kit

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Finding a pet first aid kit you can purchase is easy. They contain the basics of first aid kits, but you’ll still need to make some important additions to round out your kit.

If you’re willing to invest a bit more time, it’s can be more economical to start from scratch and gather everything you’ll need to make your own pet first aid kit. Fortunately, you probably already have many of the essential items on hand!

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Small dog being held by a veterinarian

Even before you begin gathering the first aid kits and 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’ll be able to quickly review any 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 important medical records.


Wound Care

The most common pet injuries are cuts, scrapes, and torn toenails, so let’s start your dog’s first aid kit there. When dealing with one of these injuries, 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 Dog laying on the floor in the veterinary clinic


Your pet first aid kit should also include certain medications. These should only be administered if you’re instructed to do so by a veterinarian or poison control center.

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

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Other Useful Items

It’s difficult to anticipate all the things your pet can get into while you’re out and about. Having the following items in your pet first aid kit can be helpful in a variety of emergency situations:

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Be Prepared for a Vet Visit

If your pet is injured or ill, there’s a good chance you’ll be visiting a veterinarian. In that case, you’ll be glad to have your pet’s medical records, scanned to a USB drive, in your pet 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 veterinarian, Dr Armao.

It’s frightening when your furry travel buddy is injured or sick. But when you’re prepared with a little 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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