Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital

30 Old Quarry Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877



Pet First Aid

When they’re injured or ill, a vet is always the best bet for your pet!

However, in an emergency, basic first aid treatments could stabilize your pet until you can transport them to Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital or to the nearest emergency clinic.

Remember that first aid is not a substitute for veterinary treatment—any first aid treatment should be followed immediately by veterinary care.

Important Tips

  • Keep a pet first aid kit, your pet’s medical records, and emergency contact information where you can access them quickly
  • Do not use human adhesive bandages
  • Always call your vet or poison control before inducing vomiting
  • Take temperature rectally (not by mouth) using a digital thermometer intended for pets
  • Always consult your veterinarian after any first aid treatment or ER visit
Small dog and pet medications

Pet First Aid Kit

Be prepared for an emergency by creating a pet first aid kit before you need it. If you and your pet spend time in the car or go on regular adventures away from home, it’s a great idea to keep one kit at home and one in your vehicle.

We packed our first aid kit in a durable 1.5 gallon plastic food storage container. A tool box, a tackle box, or a sturdy backpack are also good options. An ideal container is brightly colored and clearly labeled so that it’s recognizable and easy to find when you need it.


Pet First Aid Kit Contents:

Here's a look inside our pet first aid kit

3% Hydrogen Peroxide
Never administer to induce vomiting before consulting a veterinarian or a poison control center. Do not treat wounds with hydrogen peroxide. Store hydrogen peroxide in an opaque bottle.

Adhesive Medical Tape
Secure gauze or bandages. Do not apply adhesive materials to fur.

Clean Towels
Use towels to restrain, muzzle, or transport an injured animal. Towels can also be used to clean, protect, or pad wounds and injuries.

Digital Thermometer
Normal temperature for dogs and cats is 100-102.5o Fahrenheit.

Exam Gloves
Prevent cross-contamination between you and your pet while administering first aid.

Eye Dropper or Oral Syringe (without a needle)
Flush wounds or administer fluid medications.

Gauze Rolls and Gauze Pads
Use rolled gauze to wrap wounds or muzzle an injured animal.

Hand Sanitizer Gel or Wipes
Clean hands before and after treating a wound—do not use on your pet.

Instant Cold Pack
Reduce swelling and inflammation after a bee or wasp sting, sprain or strain, or bruising. Do not apply cold packs directly to skin—use a towel in between. Do not use cold packs to cool an over-heated pet.

K-Y Jelly or Surgilube in single-use packets
Protect wounds or eyes or lubricate a thermometer.

Milk of Magnesia or Activated Charcoal
Never administer to absorb poison unless instructed to do so by a veterinarian or a poison control center.

Never use a muzzle on a vomiting animal.

Non-adhesive Bandages
Use bandages to control bleeding and protect wounds. Do not use traditional Band-aids on pets’ wounds.

Pet Emergency Contact Information
Be prepared with contact information for Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital, the emergency clinic nearest your home, Poison Control, and local police and fire departments and Animal Control.
Download our Pet Emergency Info Card & Pet First Aid Kit Checklist
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Pet’s Medical Records
Especially vaccine history, current medications, age, and weight.

Saline Solution
Flush eyes and wounds.

Cut bandages and tape. Trim fur surrounding wounds, if necessary.

Sealed Bottled Water
Cleanse wounds, rinse burns, cool an overheated pet by wrapping with wet towels, or rehydrate.

Self-adhering Medical Wrap (Vet Wrap)
Secure gauze or bandages.

Spare Leash & Collar and/or Location of Pet Carrier

Styptic Powder
Quickly slow bleeding from minor cuts, e.g. a nail that was clipped too closely.

Supply of Pet’s Chronic Meds
Check expiration dates before administering.

Tick Comb and/or Tick Remover Tool

Triple Antibiotic Ointment in single-use packets
Protect wounds before bandaging.

Pet Emergency Information

One item you’ll want to include in your first aid kit is a Pet Emergency Info card with vital information about your pet and contact information for Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital, the emergency clinic closest to your home, Animal Poison Control, and phone numbers for local police and fire departments and Animal Control.

You can also find important information like your pet’s vaccine history, the names and dosages of their current medications, their most recent weight, and their microchip number in your online Pet Portal or the MyPetsWellness mobile app.

Be prepared by writing this information down before you need it! We’ve created a printable Pet Emergency Info card that you can fill out and keep in your first aid kit or on your refrigerator. Simply download and print the document, fold on the white dotted line, trim the white border, and glue or tape along the edges to create a double-sided card with a First Aid Kit checklist on the back!

Pet Emergency Info Card & Pet First Aid Kit Checklist
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Pet Emergency Info Card and Pet First Aid Kit Checklist