Depending on the pet you have, you will have a different items in your first aid kit. There is no easy way to put this in one post, so I decided to break this up into a few categories and post them that way. Everyone who shares a home with a pet should have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand. Keep your pet’s first-aid kit in your home and take it with you if you are traveling with your pet.

What do you need:

Important phone numbers

  • Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic
  • Emergency clinic phone number and directions
  • Poison control center phone numbers

Equipment and supplies

  • Magnifying glass
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers and metal nail file
  • Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch
  • Penlight
  • Scalpel blades and handles
  • Eye dropper
  • Cotton swabs
  • Turkey Baster
  • Clean towels – cloth and paper
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Syringes of various sizes
  • Tub large enough to soak the reptile in water
  • Wire cutters (if enclosure is not acrylic or glass)
  • Pet carrier, cloth bag, or other items needed for transport
  • Gram scale
  • Stethoscope
  • Heat pack or hot water bottle (to keep pet warm during transport; wrap the pack in a towel – do not apply directly to your pet, or burns may result)

Bandaging materials

  • Square gauze of various sizes – some sterile
  • Non-stick pads
  • First aid tape – both paper (easily comes off of skin) and adhesive types
  • Bandage rolls – gauze and Vetrap
  • Wooden sticks of various sizes for splints – tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks, toothpicks
  • Stockinette
  • Gel foam – stops bleeding from wounds (ask your herp veterinarian)
  • Band-Aids (for humans)

Nutritional support

  • For carnivores: one or more of the following: meat baby food, canned cat food, Hill’s a/d
  • For herbivores: fruit and vegetable baby food
  • Nutritional supplement such as Nutri-Cal, Vitacal, or Nutristat
  • Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte


  • Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Povidone-Iodine Scrub
  • Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
  • Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin
  • Eye wash solution
  • Sterile saline to irrigate (wash out) a wound


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