always have a pet-friendly first aid kit on hand. Mine includes bandages, sanitary pads (useful for large wounds that are bleeding) and scissors, tweezers, nail clippers, saline wash, antiseptic cream and anything else you can think of that might come in handy to keep your pet in one piece until they get to the vet. Perhaps if you have a dog, a halti or muzzle might also be useful because sometimes they bite out of fear and pain (yes, even you, their beloved owner). Pet first aid kits can be bought on line, or you can just make up your own and keep it in a handy place in a sealed plastic box. I keep mine near the pet food so I know where it is.