Pet First Aid

It can be scary when our pets get sick or injured and the clinic isn't open.

This information is not meant to replace the examination or diagnosis by a Veterinarian. We always recommend a thorough exam by a licensed Veterinarian.

Keep a kit of basic first aid supplies for the pets in your household. Many of the items in a family first aid kit can be used for pets too.

  • Important Phone numbers (Veterinarian, emergency clinic, poison control, animal control, non-emergency police)

  • A copy of your pet's medical record

  • Digital fever thermometer to take your pet's temperature

  • Muzzle to prevent bites (Do Not muzzle your pet if it's vomiting)

  • Spare Leash and Collar

  • Gauze Roll for wrapping wounds or muzzling an injured animal

  • Clean Towels for restraining cats, cleaning or padding

  • Nonstick bandages or strips of clean cloth to control bleeding or protect wounds

  • Self-adhering, nonstick tape for bandages

  • Adhesive tape for securing bandages

  • Eye dropper or large syringe without needle to give oral treatments of flush wounds

  • K-Y jelly  (or generic version) to protect wounds, eyes

  • Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting (Always contact your veterinarian or poison control center before inducing vomiting: do no use hydrogen peroxide on wounds)

  • Saline solution for cleansing wounds (Saline sold for use with contact lenses works well for most purposes)

  • Location of pet carrier (for cats and small dogs)

First Aid checklist from AVMA.org/firstaid

Click the button below for First Aid information from American Veterinary Medical Association

Veterinary Emergency Hospitals

Please click the images to visit each hospitals website for more information and alternate locations.

MVS logo

Madison Veterinary Specialists  608-274-7772

Lakeshore logo

Lakeshore Veterinary Specialist- Oak Creek

414-761-6333

WVRC logo

WVRC-Waukesha 262-542-3241

ASPCA logo and phone number
UW logo

UW Veterinary Care    608-263-7600

There is a lot of information about using over the counter drugs for our pets. But you may wonder if it is safe. We've decided to create a resource for you to use to determine what drugs are safe for you pet to use and when to use them.

This resource is coming soon please keep checking back