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Pet First Aid

The team at the Animal Emergency Center wants to equip you with the treatment knowledge and tools you need, in case your pet ever becomes injured or ill. On this page, you will find information on pet first aid, including how to handle an injured pet. Click on the headers below to learn more about each topic and contact us immediately at (570) 742-7400 if your pet is experiencing an emergency.

First-Aid Kit for Pets

Having a pet first aid kit handy at all times—including when you travel—is one of the best ways to be prepared for accidents. There are a number of conditions that may require immediate attention, so having a kit available can reduce chances of infection, prevent further complications, and even save your pet’s life.

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Recommended First-Aid Kit Contents:

Waterproof kit with the following items clearly written on outside:

  • Your veterinarian’s phone number
  • Closest emergency animal hospital
  • Your contact information
  • Your pet’s information (name, age, breed, sex, etc.)


  • Tweezers
  • Eye dropper
  • Adhesive tape
  • Tongue depressor
  • Rubber gloves
  • Gauze
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Milk of magnesia
  • Digital thermometer
  • Non-stick bandages, towels, or clean cloth strips
  • Muzzle
  • Leash
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton balls
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
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Basic First Aid for Common Injuries

This section provides procedures for basic first aid for some of the most common pet injuries. Click on the headers to expand each list. Always contact a veterinarian prior to performing first aid and if your pet is experiencing a condition not listed below.

When a pet is injured, they may respond defensively, so it’s important to know how to approach them for their protection and yours before administering First aid.

  • Keep your face away from your pet’s mouth to prevent getting bitten.
  • Gradually and gently examine your pet’s injury, watching how your pet responds and adjusting your approach if necessary.
  • Do not attempt to move your pet before calling a veterinarian.

If your veterinarian recommends that you bring your pet in for further treatment, transport them in your vehicle in a crate/carrier or board to serve as a stretcher, depending on the size of your pet and their condition.

  • Place a muzzle on your pet to prevent biting.
  • Wash your hands and put on a pair of rubber gloves.
  • Carefully examine the wound, clipping the fur back if necessary.
  • Press a clean, thick gauze pad over the wound, keeping pressure on it for at least three minutes before lifting it.

If possible, have someone drive you to a veterinary hospital while you sit with your pet in the back seat.

  • Place a muzzle on your pet to prevent biting.
  • Immediately flush the burn with large amounts of water.
  • Wrap an ice pack with a light towel or cloth and apply it to the burned area for 15-20 minutes.

If possible, have someone drive you to a veterinary hospital while you sit with your pet in the back seat.

  • Look into your pet's mouth to see if the foreign object is visible.
  • If you see an object, try to remove it slowly and carefully (being careful not to push the item further down the throat). Use caution and try not to get bitten.
  • If you are unable to remove the object, have someone drive you to a veterinary hospital while you sit with your pet in the back seat.
  • Place both hands on the side of your pet's rib cage and apply firm quick pressure. Keep repeating this until the object is dislodged or until you arrive at the hospital.
  • Remove the stinger with a pair of tweezers.
  • Wash the area with baking soda and water.
  • Wrap a few ice packs with a towel or cloth and apply them to the infected area for 5 minutes at a time.

Make a formula using the following ingredients:

  • 1 quart of peroxide
  • 1/3 cup of baking soda
  • 2 tbs of dish detergent (Dawn)

Mix all the ingredients together and lather on your pet. Repeat if necessary.


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