Pet's need their own first aid kit. Dogs and cats can eat something they shouldn't fall and get hurt, cut themselves, get stung by an insect, get bitten by another animal and so on. The list goes on and on. If you are a pet owner or plan on adopting or buying a pet, make sure you have your first aid kit packed and ready from the moment they walk into your house. You have to be ready in case of an emergency. Your dog or cat's health and safety depend on you. Our pets look to us for their medical needs and care. Here is what you will need to have on hand and accessible in the case of an emergency.

Veterinarian's phone number. Use a thick permanent marker to write the vet's phone number directly on your first aid kit. Write the number on the outside lid or inside lid. Make sure the numbers are large and in plain sight.

Poison Control Center's phone number. This phone number should be written just underneath the vet's phone number.

Broad spectrum antibiotic such as Neosporin. If you dog gets a cut, scratch or small bite from a known animal use the antibiotic cream after cleaning the area. If a dog is cut or scratched by an unknown animal this requires a vet visit.

Antihistamine such as Benadryl. If your dog or cat is stung by an insect and has any type of reaction from itching to swelling, Benadryl is usually used. Call your vet for the proper dosage.

Sterile gauze is used to cover any open wound or anywhere you apply topical medication, so your dog or cat doesn't lick the medicine off.

Sterile cotton balls are used to clean the wound.

Light tack first aid tape. Buy light tack tape so the adhesive doesn't stick to the fur as much as a regular tack.

Hydrogen peroxide is used to clean cuts, scrapes and bug bites. Check the expiration date frequently. Fresh hydrogen peroxide is much more effective.

Buffered aspirin. Do not give your dog acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin that is not buffered, these can be harmful and dangerous. Call your vet for the proper dosage.

Blunt tip scissors to cut gauze and possibly area of fur that need to be trimmed away. Do not use sharp pointed scissors. A hurt dog or cat will move around a lot and you do not want to injure him or her further by stabbing them with scissors.