Top 10 Pet First-Aid Kit Supplies for RV Travel

As a full-time RVer, I want to always have a pet first-aid kit available just in case our pets need minor medical care before we can get them to a veterinarian. These top ten supplies for a pet first-aid kit are recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as some RV-specific suggestions from members of our Tires And Tails Facebook Community, and can help if that situation ever arises.

The Top 10 Pet First-Aid Kit Supplies for Travel

  1. A copy of your pet’s medical record. Include a list of medications and dates of vaccinations. Add your pet’s veterinarian contact information as well as the Animal Poison Control Center number at 888-426-4435 (charges may apply). As soon as you arrive in or near a town, look up the numbers and addresses of emergency vet clinics at MyVeterinarian.com and post it where it can be easily accessed.
  2. An extra leash. Keep an extra leash in the kit for moving your pet if it can walk without injuring itself further.
  3. A muzzle. While it is injured, you may need to muzzle your pet and/or cover its head to prevent it from hurting you or itself even more. Items like gauze, a necktie, soft cloth, nylon stocking or small towel can be used in the place of a commercially made muzzle. Never muzzle an animal that is vomiting.
  4. A digital thermometer and water-based jelly. The type of thermometer you need is a fever thermometer. Pet temperatures are too high for a regular thermometer as their scale doesn’t go high enough. The jelly is to lubricate the thermometer before insertion. Pet temperatures should ONLY be taken rectally.
  5. Hydrogen peroxide. A 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide is used to induce vomiting. Use ONLY after contacting a veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center first (888-426-4435 charges may apply). Follow the vet’s or poison control center’s instructions for dosage.
  6. Nonstick bandages, strips of clean cloth or towels, and/or Vet Wrap. For wounds that are bleeding or need to be protected, use these items.
  7. Adhesive tape for bandages. This is to keep any gauze wrap or bandages securely in place around a wound.
  8. An eyedropper, turkey baster, and/or large syringe (no needle). These are used for administering oral medications or treatments (inducing vomiting) and/or flushing wounds.
  9. Prescription medications for your pet. Have a few days worth of your pet’s prescription medications as a back-up in case you run out. This includes any pain medication your pet has used previously.
  10. A stretcher. In most cases people will not go out and buy a stretcher just for their pets. So, in case of an emergency, keep on hand a board, blanket, towel, or floor mat that could be used as a stretcher to safely transport your pet from one location to the next. It can be quite difficult to lift large dogs without one.

Additional Items for Your Pet First-Aid Kit

All pets cannot use the same first-aid supplies or medications. Make a kit specific to YOUR pet’s needs.

The following items are also useful to keep in your pet’s first-aid kit. Please keep in mind that cats and dogs CANNOT always use the same medications. Consult with your veterinarian before giving ANY human, over-the-counter medications to your pets.

  • Tweezers
  • Tick removal tool
  • For motion sickness: Meclizine (Dramamine II, Bonine, Antivert)
  • For general upset stomach: Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol in liquid or tablet form), Pepcid AC, Zantac
  • In case of diarrhea: Immodium AD, metronidazole (by prescription)
  • Benadryl for allergic reactions
  • Styptic powder or pencil, or cornstarch to stop bleeding after nail trims
  • Eye drops/eye wash
  • Baby aspirin
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Saline solution for cleaning wounds
  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, or spray
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • Scissors with blunt ends

The above lists are to help you be more ready in the event that your pet is ever in a medical emergency. They are not a substitute for actual veterinary care, but can buy you time until you can get your pet to a vet clinic. Keep your pet’s first-aid kit handy and fully stocked. It will give you the peace-of-mind you’ll need as you travel with your furry friends.


Please share your experience with putting together a first-aid kit for your pets

  • What do YOU put into your pet’s first-aid kit?
  • Did we leave out any critical items?

Let us know in the comments below, or submit a story we can share in our community story post!

Jeannie Dees

Jeannie / Tires & Tails

Hi I'm Jeannie! I'm a full-time RVer with a life-long need for travel. I used to be an elementary school teacher and had a dog training business in Washington State. I have had numerous pets throughout my life, and love to travel with them. I currently have a dog and a cat who come with my husband and me on our traveling adventures.

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