Pet First Aid Kit

As a pet owner, you need a basic first aid kit for your pets at home.

A well-provisioned first aid kit will help you with a medical emergency for your dog, cat, or other pet.

Prepare a kit 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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Pet First Aid Kit Check List

A First-aid kit is essential not only when a natural disaster occurs, but when your 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.

Pet First Aid Kit Check List
Pet First Aid Kit Check List

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
  • Tweezers
  • Towels
  • 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
  • Leash

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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References:

ASPCA pro

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)

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