Medicine Chest/First Aid for Home

Items for the Medicine Chest/First Aid kit were put together by the members of the Yorkie Angel Patrol.

This list has been reviewed, edited and approved by:

Claudia A. Kirk, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor and Head
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Diplomate,ACVN, ACVIM



Every pet owner should have a medicine/first aid kit at home.  Here are a list of recommended items put together by the members of the Yorkie Angel Patrol.  We also suggest that you tape your veterinarian’s number, an emergency vet clinic number and a poison control hotline number on the inside of your medicine chest for quick and easy access.  Talk to your vet before administering benedryl, pepto bismol or baby aspirin.  Your vet will need to look at the medical history of your pet and any medications your pet may be taking on a regular basis to determine if benedryl, pepto bismol or baby aspirin are okay to administer.  If your vet gives you the approval to use benedryl, pepto bismol or baby aspirin, he or she can help you calculate the exact dosage based on your pet’s weight.  Always check the expiration dates on medications and food supplements before giving to your pet.  Replace these medications and food supplements before the expiration date.  Taking these steps will help your pet stay healthy.

List of Items

Alcohol Wipes - Used by pet owners for cleaning human hands.  Not recommended for use on pets.

Antibiotic Ointment (Animax) – Used for minor scrapes and cuts

Baby Aspirin – Used under the care of a vet for pain.  Your vet will help you calculate the recommended dosage for your pet.  

Betadine scrub & solution or chlorhexidine – Used for cleaning wounds.

Children’s Liquid Benedryl – Used for allergies and itching and under the care of a vet. Dosage is based on 1 cc per kilo of weight. One kilo equals 2.2 pounds. Please get with your vet to determine the proper dosage for your pet.

Cotton Balls – Used for cleaning ear, eyes, cuts, etc

Ear Wash - Used to keep inside of ears clean

Eye dropper – Used for administering liquid medication. We suggest having 2 or 3 eye droppers available at home, one for oral medications, others  for applying eye or ear drops.

Eye wash solution (Baush & Lomb plain eye wash)

Hemostats – Used to remove thorns or stickers, or hair from inside ears.

Hydrogen Perixode – Used under the care of a vet to induce vomiting. If your pet ingests a poisonous product/ plant – always check with your vet or poison control hotline prior to using hydrogen perixode. Some poisons can do more harm if vomiting is induced.

Latex gloves - are sterile and good for use when working with wounds.

Mineral Oil – Used to coat eyes prior to bathing with shampoo.   Apply one drop to each eye with a clean eye dropper.  Do not use  vegetable or salad oil as a substitute for mineral oil.

Nutrical – Used when hypoglycemic/ not eating. Nutrical is  a tasty vitamin rich food stimulant to encourage a sick dog to eat.

Padded kotex to provide padding and protection to wounds. They are great for larger areas and are relatively "sterile" for wounds

Pedialite – Used when a pet is ill and dehydrated

Pepto Bismol – Used for upset stomach.  Recommended dosage is ˝ teaspoon for every 15 pounds.  Please get with your vet to determine the proper dosage for your pet.

Pill Cutter – Used for cutting prescription medication, aspirin

Q-tips – Used for cleaning out ears, applying antibiotic ointments

Small Pair of Scissors – Used for cutting vet wrap and gauze.  

Stethoscope - it is helpful for owners to lean what is normal chest sounds and heart sounds for their dog

Styptic Powder – Used when clipping nails to stop bleeding if cut too short

Syringes – without needles and used for administering any type of liquid medication

Thermometer - This is  rectal thermometer.  A dog's normal temperature ranges between 99.5F and 102F.

Vanilla Ensure – Used when a pet is ill and dehydrated

Vet wrap, gauze squares, and 
soft cotton roll Used for cuts. Soft cotton roll to go over gauze.  We recommend pet owners have their veterinarian show how to put on a wrap so it is not to tight.

Water bottle - Great to have when warm or cold compresses are required.  Fill with warm water or cold water and ice.

White Vinegar – used full strength for fire ant bites. Do not use near eyes.


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