First Aid Kit’s for Pet’s – Advise from Anicare Vets Dublin


pet_first_aidHaving all your first aid equipment well organised and knowing the right equipment is to hand if you need it can be a great help in handling everything from minor injuries to life-threatening pet emergencies. Below is a list of things you should have in your pet’s first aid kit.



  1. Restraint Equipment
  2. Dressing Material
  3. Sterile Saline eye/wound Wash
  4. Nails Clippers and Caustic Pencil
  5. Curved Scissors and Tweezers
  6. Elizabethan Collar
  7. Thermometer
  8. Specialist Foods & Fluids
  9. Space Blanket
  10. Tick Hooks

Restraint Equipment:-

Even the most docile pet can react aggressively when afraid or in pain so your first aid kit should contain some basic restraint devices. For dogs a well-fitting muzzle, for smaller pets, cats and rabbits have a good thick towel or blanket to wrap them snuggly in.

Dressing materials:-

Your kit should contain sterile wound pads and some bandage to hold them in place. There are lots available for purchase and we at Clontarf Vet hospital are happy to advise you on what to buy.

Saline eye/wound wash:-

These little pods of sterile saline are widely available from chemists and can be used to clean debris from all sorts of wounds, as well as being suitable as an eye flush in the case of irritation or as first aid for dust and debris in eyes. Keep a few in your kit.

Nail Clippers & Caustic pencil:-

Nails injuries are common and whilst some require veterinary attention many can be dealt with at home. Claws can be broken or pulled from then nail bed. Using a good pair of sharp nail clipper you can cut away loose material and make it less painful or irritating. A caustic pencil will help stop any bleeding.

Curved Scissors and tweezers:-

Scissors with blunt ends are best for trimming fur from wounds

Tweezers can be a great help in dealing with small splinters and thorns.

Elizabethan Collar:-

Also knows as buster collar. Pets can be their own worst enemies when it comes to aggravating wounds by licking. Having a collar to hand means you can prevent any further damage until your pet can see the vet. Pop into any of Anicare’s Dublin Vet clinics to get once suitable for your pet.



Plastic digital thermometers are best

The normal temperature of dog’s cats and rabbits is around 38.5C

It’s good to practice doing this –if you need help just make an appointment at Clontarf Vet Hospital or any of our other Dublin Vet Clinics for our nurses to show you how.

Specialist food and fluids:-

Oral electrolyte powers for cases of vomiting or diarrhoea and owners of rabbits should keep a supply of critical care food as it is important to keep rabbits eating.

Remember however for dogs and cats in any emergency do not be tempted to feed as sedation or a general anaesthetic may be required.

These products are available at all Anicare Veterinary Group’s clinics.

Space Blanket:-

These heat retaining silver coloured blankets are a great addition to your pet’s first aid kit. Sick and injured pets are prone to heat loss and shock so these help keep your pet warm en route to the vets

Tick Hooks:-

Ticks are common in certain parts of Ireland and tick hooks are a great little tool available to help you remove them safely from your pet. But remember prevention is better than cure so call into any of Anicare’s Dublin veterinary clinics for advice on what products will best protect your pet.


Should you have any queries on this or any other topic call Clontarf veterinary Hospital on

01 8330744

Clontarf Veterinary Hospital – Where We Put the Care of Your Pet First – ALWAYS





Leave a Reply