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Pet First Aid Kit: What to Pack

Pet first aid kit - know which essential to pack in your emergency kit.

Whether you are venturing out on a spring getaway or gearing up for camping this weekend, we know your pet’s safety is a top priority. By keeping a pet first aid kit handy, it can help if any unforeseen situations occur while you are vacationing, traveling, or on a road trip with pets. Likewise, we all want our best mates to experience the next big adventure by our sides in optimum health. Certainly, the unexpected happens, especially with pets. Naturally, there is no way to predict all the circumstances that you might encounter on the campground or hiking trail. We sat down with our on-site Trupanion veterinary technician, Aubrey Halvorsen, to discuss the essential items to include in your pet first aid kit.

Pet first aid kit: essential emergency items to include in your pack

A pet first aid kit can be helpful in a wide variety of situations.

Paw protection

Firstly, keeping your pup’s paws in great condition on the trails is essential for their health, happiness, and well-being. Consider paw protection, such as a weather-resistant boot, to avoid any injuries to the paw pad from rocks, sticks, dirt, or various debris.

Bandages and gauze squares

If your pup does encounter an injury to their paw pads, items such as gauze squares and bandages can come in handy to contain the injury and keep an infection from occurring. “Bandaging material with telfa pads (or some kind of non-stick pad) would be ideal for wounds, they do not stick to wounds,” states on-site Trupanion veterinary technician Aubrey Halvorsen. Certainly, an extra box of bandages could be beneficial for humans and pets alike.


Insects are a common sighting with a rise in warmer temperatures and humans and pets are prone to bites. Similarly, pet owners should be beware of a pet’s reaction to insect bites. Consider keeping a medication, such as Benadryl, in your pet first aid kit in case they have an adverse reaction and need relief. In addition, “Knowing your pet’s dosage prior to an emergency is helpful, ask your veterinarian the proper dosage of Benadryl, and keep that information written down in the first aid kit for easy reference,” points out Halvorsen.

Pet care accessories

When providing first aid to your pets, additional tools might be needed to help patch your furry friend’s wounds. Consider including the following pet care first aid accessories to include in your pet first aid kit:

  • Over the counter antibiotic ointment
  • Bandage scissors
  • Saline Flush
  • Chlorhexidine solution for animals

Protection from fleas and ticks

To begin with, you always want to make sure your pets are up to date on their flea/tick preventative. Certainly, the rise in temperature and seasonal changes indicate the start of flea and tick season on hiking trails and campgrounds. Consider talking with your veterinarian about the best flea and tick preventative options available for your pets.

Additional tips to consider for pet first aid

Halvorsen weights in on some additional pet first aid tips to consider when traveling

A pet first aid kit is necessary item to have for all pet owners, especially if hiking, camping, or traveling.

Pet first aid kit: necessary for the safety of pets

By keeping a pet first aid kit handy, in your car or with your belongings, it ensures you will be prepared for the unexpected for your furry friends. Additionally, a pet first aid will provide immediate resources if your pet is injured, while you are seeking veterinary care. Certainly, with proper preparation and your kit all packed, you’re ready for adventures with your furry friends for years to come.

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