Poison Safety Kit for Pets

You love your cats and dogs like they were one of the family. And chances are, you’ve got a first aid kit in some form around the house in case something should happen to one of the human members of your family. But what about the animal members?

Pet owners should create a safety kit to keep on hand for poisoning emergencies involving their animals. According to the ASPCA, this kit should contain:

• A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent solution (USP).
• Can of soft dog or cat food.
• Turkey baster, bulb syringe, or large medical syringe.
• Saline eye solution to flush out eye contaminants.
• Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing
• Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid to decontaminate skin.
• Skunk Off! or tomato juice (for skunk spray).
• Rubber gloves or tough gardening gloves.
• Forceps to remove stingers.
• Muzzle (a frightened animal may inadvertently bite).
• Several soft old towels.
• Pet carrier.

If you suspect you pet has consumed something toxic, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435. There is a $60 consultation fee for this service; experts are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Want to do something about the threat to pets? Protect household animals from toxins by letting the FDA know that we need a new system of public health protections.

Sign the Protect Pets from Toxins Petition.

Learn more about The Surprising Poisons in Our Pets.

By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living


Philippa P
Philippa Powers3 months ago

Thanks. Good information.

Peggy B.
Peggy B7 months ago

Good to know.

Peggy B.
Peggy B7 months ago

Good to know.

Peggy B.
Peggy B7 months ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Viviane S.
Viviane F4 years ago


Becky H.
Becky Holland4 years ago

i always have a first aid kit for each type of critter in the house. keep in a simple plastic box, easy to take on trips.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Interesting and helpful.Thanks for sharing

Svetlana B.
Svetlana B4 years ago

Thank you