According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), 25 percent more pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique were applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care.

Most dog accidents happen in or nearby the home. Examples of the most common pet accidents include: toxic ingestion, dog bites, high rise syndrome, ripped toenails, foreign body ingestions with gastrointestinal problems, eye emergencies, broken bones, trouble giving birth and being hit by a car. One way to be prepared is to have a pet first aid kit on hand.

Dog First Aid Kit contents:

  • Hydrogen peroxide 3% (within the expiration date)- must be fresh/bubbly

  • An oral dosing syringe or turkey baster (for administering hydrogen peroxide)

  • Teaspoon/tablespoon set (to calculate the appropriate amount of hydrogen peroxide to give)

  • Liquid hand dish washing detergent (i.e., Dawn, Palmolive)- no bleach containing

  • Rubber gloves Triple antibiotic ointment with NO other combination ingredients

  • Diphenhydramine tablets 25 mg (with NO other combination ingredients)

  • Ophthalmic saline solution or artificial tears

  • Sweet electrolyte-containing beverage

  • Corn syrup- about 1/8 cup in case of hypoglycemia

  • Vegetable oil- for removal of sticky substances

Based on recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA), you should also consider including these additional items:

  • Gauze

  • Nonstick bandages (or towels/cloth strips)

  • Adhesive tape for bandages (Do not use human adhesive bandages.)

  • Milk of Magnesia

  • Digital thermometer

  • Alcohol wipes

  • Instant ice pack

  • Styptic powder or pencil

  • Tweezers

Having an extra leash in your kit is also a good idea, and make sure that you always have the phone numbers for your veterinarian and the local emergency veterinary clinic handy.

Remember, before you attempt anything with your first aid kit, it is always important to speak with a poison control specialist before you try any therapies at home. Never administer hydrogen peroxide to any pet without checking with a veterinary professional first, as sometimes it’s not appropriate to induce vomiting at home. The Pet Poison Helpline: 1 (800) 213-6680 or

After you’ve administered first aid, it is still extremely important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.