Top 10 Best Pet First Aid Kits & Emergency Guides

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April is American Red Cross Pet First Aid Awareness Month. If you don’t have a veterinary emergency clinic near you or your pet emergency happens when your regular clinic is closed, it can be very helpful to have a pet first aid kit and some instructional books on hand. These kits are great for your pet’s safety, whether you have a dog, a cat or something else. Pet first aid products don’t just come in handy for emergencies — you can also use them when it comes to minor injuries to your pet.

Keep a pet emergency kit in your home and in your vehicle, so that you can help your pet even on the road. It’s also important to have an instructional book that can guide you through emergencies, minor and major. Here are some wonderful products that can help you protect the safety of your pet.


Pet First Aid Kits

Pet first aid kits provide you all the bandages, tools, and materials you need to ensure you can treat your pet on the spot in case of accident, injury, or illness.


1. JoJo Modern Pets Essential Pet First Aid Kit

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This emergency pet kit comes with all you need to help your pet out until you can get them to see the veterinarian. Some of the items this kit includes are:

  • Scissors for trimming hair around wounds and for cutting gauze
  • Tweezers for removing ticks and debris from inside wounds
  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes to clean hands and wounds
  • Triangular bandage which works as a sling
  • Sting relief pad to stop pain of bites and stings
  • PVC gloves to protect hands
  • Instant ice pack to help with bruises
  • Styptic powder to help stop bleeding

Much of the kit can also be used on humans. It’s made easy to carry and travel with so that you can keep your pet safe wherever you go.

Need more options? Browse more JoJo Modern Pets products here.

Price: $34.99

Buy the JoJo Modern Pets Essential Pet First Aid Kit here.



2. Canine Friendly Pocket Pet First Aid Kit

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The Canine Friendly Pocket First Aid Kit is perfect for pets on the go. It won’t take up much room in the glove box and it fits in your pocket or can be attached to your lead for walks. It has a carabiner to make it easy to attach to a leash, lead or a backpack. It’s durable and the color of the fabric helps make you more visible on your walk too. While it isn’t a huge kit for all emergencies, it does contain the following:

  • The Walks ‘N’ Wags pet first aid pamphlet
  • A pair of latex free exam gloves
  • One first aid tape
  • Three gauze pads
  • One gauze roll
  • Four antiseptic wipes
  • Two patch adhesive bandages
  • And one elastic bandage

Need more options? Browse more Canine Friendly products here.

Price: $12.00

Buy the Canine Friendly Pocket Pet First Aid Kit here.



3. AKC Pet First Aid 100 Piece Kit with Tick Removal Tool

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(AKC)

Although this is a large kit with many of the necessities in case of an emergency, it comes with one thing that can be used fairly regularly: a tick removal tool. Since leaving feeding ticks can turn into a more serious emergency, it makes sense to buy a first aid kit that contains something specially designed to remove the whole tick. Of course, we always recommend treating your animal with flea preventative, but you never know. This kit also includes:

  • Scissors
  • Gauze
  • Bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Magnifying glass
  • Styptic disposable pencils to halt bleeding
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Sting relief pads
  • Iodine prep pads
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tongue depressors
  • Exam gloves
  • Self-adhesive wraps
  • Hard plastic storage case
  • Waterproof registration and identification card
  • Wellness guide
  • Thermal foil blanket
  • Emergency leash
  • Water bottle
  • Collapsible water bowl
  • Syringe
  • Pet waste bags
  • Emergency identification tag
  • Instant ice pack
  • Temporary ID collar

Need more options? Browse more First Aid – USA products here.

Price: $37.99 (5 percent off MSRP)

Buy the AKC Pet First Aid 100 Piece Kit with Tick Removal Tool here.



4. Adventure Medical Me & My Dog

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(Adventure Medical Kits)

If you’re the adventuring type and like to bring your dog along with you, this kit is geared for you. It includes a field guide that includes illustrations and tips on recognizing life-threatening conditions. Naturally, like the others, the materials in this kit can be used on dogs and humans, but this one notes that the included triangular bandage can be used as a muzzle while you administer first aid to your pet. Items included in this kit are:

  • Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine field guide
  • Sterile bandage materials
  • Bleeding and wound care
  • Blister and burn care
  • Fracture and sprain care
  • Common medications
  • Waterproof bags
  • Necessary first aid tools

Need more options? Browse more Adventure Medical Kits products here.

Price: $48.98

Buy the Adventure Medical Me & My Dog here.



5. Boss Pet Products Pet First Aid Kit

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(Boss Pet Products)

If all you need is the basics and would prefer a rigid case, this is the one for you. At less than $20 and in a case large enough that you can add in your own customized supplies, this kit gives you everything you need to address basic pet first aid, with a focus on cuts and sprains. As in the kit above, this one also comes with a tick remover in addition to the following:

  • Alcohol and dry swabs
  • Sterile wound dressing
  • Safety pins
  • Bandages
  • Plastic tweezers
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Elastic bandage
  • Wound compress
  • Self-adhesive bandage

Need more options? Browse more Boss Pet Products here.

Price: $19.99

Buy the Boss Pet Products Pet First Aid Kit here.



Pet Emergency Guides

Having the kit is one thing, but knowing how to use it is the key. Combine these guides with any of the kits above for a complete solution to emergency pet care when a veterinarian isn’t available.


6. Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook for Pet First Aid

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This is one of the most popular books available to help dog owners and lovers care for their canine companions from home. It offers step-by-step instructions for many common ailments. Inside you will find:

  • An easy to read index of signs and symptoms.
  • Clearly written instructions to help you handle many common canine ailments.
  • A chapter for emergencies with instructions for treating shock, burns, dehydration, heat stroke and poisoning. It also lets you know the first steps to take in case of broken bones and other wounds.
  • Hundreds of illustrations and photos that help you know what to look for and what to do.
  • A glossary of terms to help you understand what you are reading.

Need more options? Browse more animal and pet care books here.

Price: $25.81 for hardcover $19.49 on Kindle

Buy the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook here.



7. Pet Emergency Pocket Guide for Pet First Aid

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The Pet Emergency Pocket Guide is a handy reference for pet owners of any kind. It’s great to keep in your first aid kit, because of its size. It’s also great for traveling. Even with its small size, this book helps with planning, response and survival guidelines for many pet emergencies. You’ll fins step-by-step instructions for first aid for big and small pets. It includes an index, glossary and photos.

Need more options? Browse more animal and pet care books here.

Price: $14.95

Buy the Pet Emergency Pocket Guide here.



8. Pet First Aid by American Red Cross

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The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app gives you instant access to all you need to help your dog or cat in an emergency. The app includes videos, quizzes and step-by-step advice. It allows you to easily toggle between cat and dog content. Other convenient things the app includes are:

  • An early warning sign checker.
  • Programmable veterinary contact number.
  • Ability to locate the nearest emergency vet hospital.

It’s simple and affordable and a must have for any dog or cat owner.

Need more options? Browse more pet first aid apps here.

Price: $.99

Buy the Pet First Aid by American Red Cross here.



9. The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats

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(Amazon)

A classic of the pet first aid genre is this tome put out by Prevention. Totaling 439 pages, this guide covers a wide range of possible ailments, with each of them providing a checklist of what to do and when. In some cases, sketched illustrations show exactly what steps to take and how to handle your injured or sick pet. There are even tips on how to prevent accidents in the first place. Issues tackled in this guide include, but are not limited to:

  • CPR
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Heatstroke
  • Poisoning
  • Snakebite
  • Abscesses

Need more options? Browse more animal and pet care books here.

Price: $15.34 for paperback or $10.99 on Kindle

Buy the The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats here.



10. The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health

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(Merck)

As I’ve discussed before, I have both chinchillas and a bearded dragon, so the normal cat and dog manual won’t cut it for me. Weighing in at a massive 1,300 pages, this pet health manual will give you all the information you need to keep a wide variety of pets in excellent health, including:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Rabbits
  • Other exotics

Need more options? Browse more animal and pet care books here.

Price: $26.63 for hardcover or $14.93 for paperback

Buy the The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health here.


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2 Comments

melody brown

I like the idea of having an emergency pocket guide. That way you can treat your animal the best way as fast as possible. I am going to look into getting one of those for myself.

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