Having three dogs and a cat is sometimes a challenge and at one time or another one has gotten hurt. So I learned from experience to keep a pet first aid kit on hand to make sure that I have everything I need in case of an emergency. My husband and I rarely go out of town, but when we do it is nice to know that we have taken an extra precaution for the pets which are a part of our family.
Putting together a pet first aid kit is fairly simple and is similar to what you find in a normal first aid kit. There are also companies on the market that sell pet first aid kits, but for this article we are just going to discuss you putting together a kit yourself.
First and foremost make sure that you have a box to put all of your items in - if you do not have a first aid box on hand make sure that you have a box that is sealable and waterproof so that nothing can get into the box. Also be sure that the box is an in area that is easily accessible during an emergency. We keep our kit under the sink in the bathroom.
The following is the list of items that are essential for your kit:
- Nonstick Bandages
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- Towels or Cloth for Bleeding
- Adhesive Tape
- Saline Eye Flush
- Syringe or Eyedropper for Medicating
- Gauze and Bandage Material
- One Pair of Scissors
- Cotton Swabs
- One Pair of Gloves
- One Pair of Plastic Forceps
- Paperwork (vet records, etc)
Finally make sure that you have an emergency contact list on hand - the following is a great example of what an emergency contact list should look like and if someone else is staying at your home make sure that they have your emergency contact number:
Important Emergency Numbers
My Veterinarian: _
My 2nd Choice Veterinarian: _
Local Emergency Clinic: _
National Poison Control: _
A pet first aid kit is never a substitute for your veterinarian. You should always check with your veterinarian during and after an emergency to do a thorough checkup of your pet.
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