Pet Emergency First Aid and Disaster Kits

By Gryhoundz (gryhoundz) on April 17, 2010

It pays to have a First Aid or Disaster Preparedness Kit ready for your dogs. You just grab it and take it along when you travel, or when a real emergency hits you. I bought some nice insulated lunch bags when back-to-school season ended for about a dollar or two as a container for the items below and filled it with items in the lists below. I put a luggage tag on the kit so that if I had it out for an emergency and it was left behind, it could be returned to me. I also chose a bag that I could use permanent marker and put the hospital cross on the sides. Maintenance tip: Don't forget to print a copy of the list for replentishing the kit, and don't forget to keep the copy of your vet record up to date!

Emergency Kit

  • Bandage Cutters
  • Lots of Vet wrap2010-04-17/gryhoundz/7eeb19
  • Triple antibiotic cream (Neosporin), salve
  • Cotton Gauze
  • Bandage Tape
  • Surgical glue (liquid bandage if vet will not sell)
  • Anticoagulant powder
  • Saline solution
  • Cotton Swabs (QTips)
  • Cotton Pads
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting)
  • Tweezers  
  • Sock (cotton)
  • Foam curlers to cover tail-tip injuries.
  • Nutrical (tube of that nutritional paste)
  • Trainer Choice - muscle warmer
  • Pet medications if any
  • Muzzle (towel or item to be used if none available)
  • Blanket (for warmth and for a sling)
  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost or stolen
  • Name and number of your veterinarian, copies of rabies vaccination and/or other medical information
  • Surgical rubber tubing (from vet) for bloat. Use only in dire emergency - slide down throat to stomach - get to a vet!
  • Name Tag for kit
  • What to do in an emergency sheet/instructions (include Poison control number)
  • Copy of Emergency Kit list to replentish items used

Other Medical Kit items (good to have for traveling, etc.):

  • Band-aids (for people to use)
  • Anti-bacterial soap, wipes for your hands & to clean old wounds
  • Pepto Bismol, Mylanta, Keopectate
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Aspirin
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Vasoline - for belly, and nails
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail File
  • Toothbrush or nail brush- to get dirt out of nails
  • Ear Cleaner (sweet oil)
  • Pet wipes

For Disaster Preparation (from the Red Cross):

  • Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit.
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses
  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
  • Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name      and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.
  • Kennel/cage/carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can't escape and for emergency housing situations.
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

See these sites also:

American Red Cross; Pet preparedness:

PetDoc First Aid page:

U of Illinois- College of Veterinary Medicine article; Pets Need Disaster Plan Too:

Dog Owners Guide First Aid page:


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About Gryhoundz
Gryhoundz (her login on many forums) has been in greyhound rescue since 1990, before there were as many organized and publicized rescue groups (before PetFinder, too). At that time, thousands of greyhounds were euthanized each year - the actual figures are widely disputed between the racing industry and rescue organizations. Her first racing season, she and a friend rescued over 100 dogs without funding or support volunteers. Gryhoundz continued to rescue as many as possible each year until greyhound rescue groups developed to handle more of the available dogs (and the number of operating dog tracks lessened). Since then, she actively worked in and with several greyhound rescue groups in her area as they developed, and continues to do so today.

Gryhoundz currently owns 2 greyhounds and 4 cats (yes, they do get along very well). She has had the pleasure of raising one of these from 5 months of age, and the others fresh off the track (the other current pet is 2-1/2 years old - average retirement for these dogs, since a good share do not continue racing if they don't consistently win). She keeps her number of pet hounds low so that there is room for fostering. Many people get hooked and "chip", getting more. Gryhoundz has always enjoyed fostering because she has had the fun of knowing the many different personalities in each dog, and seeing them blossom in their new home as well.

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Fabulous info sheryl Apr 20, 2010 12:27 PM 5

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