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What Should Be In My Pet’s First Aid Kit?

Cane Bay Summerville - pet's first aid kitI was born to a very cautious, overly prepared mother. From day one, she always had a first aid kit handy, and if we ever went on vacation, it was always packed in with the rest of the luggage. In fact, this is probably common for most homes across America, and even workplaces have them on site.

If you’re a pet owner – do you have one for your pet? Having a first aid kit on hand at all times, including when going on vacation and bringing your fur baby along, can be a huge help when you’re in a pinch and need some temporary treatment for a minor injury.

If you don’t yet have one, what should be included in your pet’s first aid kit?

Emergency Phone Numbers

Make sure to always have your veterinarian’s phone number handy. It’s a good idea to have poison control’s number as well. ASPCA poison control center’s number is 1-800-426-4435.

Paperwork

Having a copy of your dog’s records, vaccine history and medical paperwork in a waterproof bag or container will help inform veterinarians of everything they need to know during your pet’s crisis. Again, this is especially important to have if you are out of town and need to visit a new veterinarian for the first time. Don’t forget to throw in a picture of your pet, so you can show it around to people in case he gets lost.

Medications

Remember to pack your pet’s medications if you are leaving town with your furry friend.

PetMD also suggests adding a few basics in your kit that can be helpful in any situation. Styptic powder can stop bleeding from torn nails or cuts. Benadryl (with the permission of your vet) can be used for mild allergic reactions. Sugar tablets can also help a diabetic pet with low blood sugar.

Leash

It is wise to keep a leash in your emergency kit. If your pet has been injured, you want to make sure you can keep him calm, controlled and close by to get the necessary help.

Bandages

Bandages such as gauze are great if you find Scruffy has a cut on his paw, leg or body. In addition, use adhesive tape that sticks to itself when you wrap it around the body.

Avoid using regular bandages that can stick to your dog’s fur and cause pain during removal.

Thermometer

You want to make sure you have a thermometer on hand if you suspect your pet has overheated or gotten too cold. Keep a bottle of lubricant in the first aid kit to make the rectal insertion easier and less painful for your pet. The Humane Society suggests your pet’s temperature should not be above 103 degrees Fahrenheit or below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scissors

Scissors can be useful in a whole variety of situations, including cutting gauze or any other objects. 

Water

Not just used for drinking, water can also be helpful to flush out wounds on your pet’s body, or to even cool him off if he overheats.

Sterile Saline Eye Wash

If your pet ever gets smoke or other debris in his eyes, flush them out using a sterile saline eye wash solution until all debris has been removed.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Only with the advice of poison control or a veterinarian, hydrogen peroxide may be used to induce vomiting if your pet has come into contact with poison.

Milk of Magnesia

Similarly, milk of magnesia may be given to a pet (only with direct medical advice) to help remove poison or toxic chemicals from your pet’s body.

Tweezers

Tweezers can be great for the removal of splinters or other hard-to-reach debris.

Non-Latex Gloves

If your pet develops an open wound, you don’t want to infect it more (or vice versa) by coming into direct contact with it by using your bare hands. Keep a pair of Non-Latex gloves with you to deal with open wounds.

Treats

If your pet has just been through a traumatic experience or is in a lot of pain, it’s never a bad idea to brighten up the situation with a few treats.

Thanks for stopping by! We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below: What are some must-haves that you include in your pet’s first aid kit?

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