What to Put in a Pet First Aid Kit
6/16/2016 11:14 AM
When you think of a first aid kit, you may think of the little box you keep in the back of your car or in your cabinet that you may use if you get a small cut or someone else gets hurt. It’s wise to keep a first aid kit on hand whenever you needed to take care of a small medical emergency. People need medical care from time to time, so do pets. Putting together a handy pet first aid kit can help you manage emergent pet medical need.
So what should you have in a pet first aid kit?
Phone numbers of your veterinarian, emergency veterinary clinic and Animal Poison Control Center (888-4ANI-HELP), so you can ask for help when there’s something wrong with your pet
Cotton swabs and balls: useful to clean wounds or stop bleeding
Bandages and gauze rolls: use self-cling bandages or gauze and adhesive tape to cover wounds and avoid entangling pet hair
Hydrogen peroxide: useful to clean a wound or induce vomiting if directed by a veterinarian
Rubbing alcohol or antiseptic wipes: useful to clean wounds, but be careful if the pet is sensitive to the sting
Scissors: helpful to cut tape, trim fur away from a wound, or remove burrs or sticky substances from fur
Flashlight and batteries: useful anytime when it is dark and you need portable lighting
Eye wash: useful to get any foreign object out of your pet's eyes (find this at a veterinarian supply store)
Gloves: have these on hand during medical situations to prevent further infection
Ear cleaning solution: useful to clean pet ears
Mineral oil: when a pet gets a skin irritation, get a cotton ball and soak it in mineral oil, rub the ball gently around the area.
Ice pack and hot pack: helpful for burns, rashes or muscle injuries
Thermometer: take the pet's temperature (rectal is often the best) regularly to tell if your pet has a fever, which often means an infection
Leash: it’s better to keep the pet in place while you’re taking care of him/her or to transport him/her if he/she is capable of walking
Copies of important pet medical records: useful if your veterinarian need to know vaccine history, past treatments, etc...
Pet first-aid book: if you are to administer pet first aid, it's helpful to have a handy guide
Remember any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care.
It is also important to regularly visit your veterinarian to check if your pet has any health problems. If any of your pet care providers use K9 Bytes Kennel Software, your pet's care is tracked and monitored, which helps both you and your veterinarian identify problems more quickly.