Moving with a Pet? Pack a First Aid Kit

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

If you are moving with your pet, you probably have lots of questions, all of which can be answered by my vet, Dr. Nicole Cohen in her blog, Moving with Pets Cross Country.   One great suggestion is to create a first aid kit for that unlikely emergency which will certainly happen if you aren't prepared!   A first aid kit allows you to keep all the essential items you might need to stabilize an urgent problem with your dog quickly. 

If you aren't sure what should go into that first aid kit, here is a list of 34 essential items that will help you address common emergencies in dogs, as recommended at You can keep all these items in a tackle box that can easily tuck into your car or suitcase.   This emergency kit is useful even if you aren't moving cross country and are just staying home for the next year! 

See below for a list of all the essential items that a great first aid kit for dogs will contain. All these items are easily found on Amazon and clickable on the description below so you can create your own first aid kit for your dog!

  1. Chlorhexidine 2% solution
  2. Neosporin
  3. Benadryl
  4. Cortisone 10
  5. 3% hydrogen peroxide
  6. pee pads
  7. cotton balls
  8. gauze pads
  9. Cloth muzzle
  10. Baskerville muzzle
  11. Battery operated beard trimming kit
  12. surgical skin tape
  13. collapsible dog bowl
  14. microfiber towel
  15. Hands free headlamp
  16. cast padding
  17. heavy duty bandage scissors
  18. instant cold packs
  19. clamping hemostats
  20. light up thermometer
  21. non stick pads
  22. lubricating eye drops 
  23. eye irrigation solution
  24. Cotton tipped swabs,
  25. nitrile gloves
  26. emergency warming blanket
  27. Oral syringes
  28. sterile saline for irrigation, 
  29. tick twister
  30. surgical lubricant
  31. Self adhesive wrap
  32. nylon slip leashes
  33. Tweezerman tweezers
  34. Tacklebox is a very useful site, created by Dr. Nicole Cohen in Washington, DC. Dr. Cohen is a small animal veterinarian who has been practicing medicine for the past 17 years in primary care. She is boarded in general practice in canine and feline practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.  She has provided my poodles, Poirot, Arthur and Captain,  with excellent care for the last 15 years and wonderful support for me through those difficult diagnoses which all pet owners dread.  I am truly lucky to have her as our vet, and her advice is superb. 

Comments (42)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Grant Schneider - maybe you could get a different kind of box then if you don't see yourself as a fisherman!

Sep 20, 2021 12:08 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

John Pusa - thanks for the kind comments - it is definitely important to be prepared

Sep 20, 2021 12:09 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, what a great post for tips for pet owners when traveling with their pets, moving or a vacation.

Sep 21, 2021 08:14 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Your list has more items than that for my people first aid kit!  I don't have a dog, but for those who do, I am sure your list will be helpful.

Sep 23, 2021 03:44 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sep 25, 2021 07:02 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Lise - I never even thought of all of that.  My daughter and son in law travel everywhere with their bernadoodle.  I will tell them.

Sep 26, 2021 04:09 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lise. We moved across the State of Florida with a Yorkie and I have to plead guilty of not packing a first aid kit. The dog made it by the way and like James Dray we had room for our tooth brush! Enjoy your day.

Sep 26, 2021 04:44 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lise Howe - Years ago, we traveled back and forth from SoCal to Sedona AZ about 6.5 hours with 2 older cats.  Neither traveled well, but one had diabetes and we had to be super careful with her.  It is important to make sure you have what you need for your pets. 

Sep 26, 2021 08:40 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Lise this is such a great idea! I've never moved with a pet so I wouldn't have thought of any of this.   Thanks so much for sharing!

Sep 26, 2021 02:35 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a terrific resource, Lise - bookmarked!

We moved with our cats across the country from Boston to Carlsbad with lots of supplies but never even thought about a first aid kit. Glad it wasn't needed.


Sep 26, 2021 03:06 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Lise Howe ,

So glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! What a list..this is really an excellent resource when moving with pets.

Sep 26, 2021 07:33 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is some list.  I would have just thought to bring a water dish and pet food.  I guess it's a good thing that we don't have pets

Sep 28, 2021 04:43 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!  What a great list of essentials for pets while travelling.  Nailed it!

Sep 28, 2021 09:58 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Jan Green I cannot tell you how wonderful my VET Dr.  Nicole Cohen is - she was such a comfort when my first poodle was in his last days - so any list that she puts together is perfect in my opinion - 

Sep 28, 2021 05:04 PM
Jan Green

That is wonderful service when you're at a sad time with your pet!  And sharing to others is a huge benefit!

Sep 28, 2021 06:36 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Ed Silva - Dr. Cohen always does everything perfectly! but it might be a bit much for those of us mere mortals

Sep 28, 2021 05:05 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - thank you for stopping by - Believe me I am very grateful to Kathy Streib for including me in her list!

Sep 28, 2021 05:06 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

A great post for our four-legged friends. Being prepared for traveling with them is essential.

Sep 29, 2021 11:35 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's a big list but a lot of the same things that would be in the human first aid kit.

Oct 03, 2021 07:04 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I wanted to stop by and leave a comment. I read your original post from Will's reblog. Thanks for the information. Have a great day.

Oct 06, 2021 08:34 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

We definitely want to take good care of our pets.  Thank you for all the good first aid supply ideas for our special loved ones.

Oct 06, 2021 10:35 AM