First Aid Kits for Pets: How to Be Prepared for Anything!

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With the coming change in weather, you and your pets will be spending more time outdoors in the sunshine! This opens the door for your pet to find all kinds of crazy things to get into! While we want you to go out there and enjoy the weather and your pet, we also want you to be safe. A First Aid Kit for pets is a great thing to have handy when planning trips or just to have around the house “just in case”!

 

Here is a list of items to make your own Pet First Aid Kit at home:

 

Pet Specific Supplies:

  • Pet First Aid book
  • Phone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency veterinary clinic (along with directions), and a poison control center or hot line (ASPCA Poison Control Center 1-800-426-4435)
  • Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of Rabies vaccination status, copies of other important medical information, and a current photo of the pet(s)
  • Slip leash (in case the collar becomes lost)
  • Self-cling bandage/VetWrap.
  • Muzzle to prevent biting (sometimes even the sweetest dog will bite if in pain)

 

 

Basic First Aid Supplies:

  • Gauze pads
  • Gauze rolls
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, or spray
  • Aloe
  • Blanket ( a foil emergency blanket)
  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ice pack
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Petroleum Jelly (to lubricate the thermometer
  • Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103F or fall below 100F)
  • Scissors (with blunt ends)
  • Sterile non-stick pads for bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Diphenhydramine (Benedryl): contact your veterinarian for the exact dose that your pet will need for their weight
  • Ear Cleaning solution
  • Karo Syrup (clear one) for dogs with low-blood sugar
  • Nail clippers
  • Flashlight
  • Eye dropper/syringe
  • Towels
  • Needle nose pliers

 

 

 

Enjoy the weather no matter what it throws at us! These items are perfect to keep in the car for emergencies!