As a pet owner, you need to have at home a basic first aid- kit for your pets. A well-provisioned first aid kit will make you ready to deal with a medical emergency for your dog, cat, or other pet. Prepare a kit and fully stocked with supplies and have this kit next to the first aid kit for your family. Many of the items in a family first aid kit can be used for pets, too.
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A First- aid kit is essential not only in the occurrence of a natural disaster, but any time a pet is far away from a veterinary clinic. Here you’ll find a list of the essential supplies you will need in your first-aid kit.
ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES IN YOUR PET FIRST-AID KIT
Your First-aid Kit should contain:
- First of all, have the veterinarian’s and emergency veterinary clinic phone numbers
- Animal Poison Control Center Number. 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435)
(there may be a fee for this call)
- Your pet’s medical record, including medications and vaccination history.
- Gauze: For wrapping wounds or muzzling the injured animal
- Nonstick bandages, towels, or strips of clean cloth: To control bleeding or protect wounds.
- Adhesive tape: For securing the gauze wrap or bandage
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Ice pack
- Disposable gloves
- Hydrogen Peroxide (3%): To induce vomiting
Alwayscontact your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison
- Scissors with a blunt end
- Alcohol wipes
- OTC antibiotic ointment
- Oral syringe: To give oral treatments or flush wounds
- Liquid dishwashing detergent (for bathing)
- Digital Thermometer: To check your pet’s temperature. Note: you will need a “fever” thermometer because the temperature scale of regular thermometers doesn’t go high enough for pets. Do not insert a thermometer in your pet’s mouth; take it rectally.
- Saline eye solution
- Artificial tear gel
- Small flashlight
Check your pack every few months to make sure nothing has expired or needs replacement.
First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care. Any first aid provided to your pet should need immediate veterinary care.
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