Do you already have a first aid kit prepared for your pet(s)? If so, good for you! If not, here’s some helpful hints on what to put in your first aid kit.
Have important contact numbers readily available. These would include the name and phone number(s) of your veterinarian, the emergency veterinary clinic (include directions to the clinic so you don’t have to waste time looking it up) and a pet poison center. Here are a couple of pet poison centers if you need them:
| *Pet Poison Helpline
($49 per incident fee)
|*ASPCA Animal Poison Control
($65 consultation fee)
Have a copy of your pet’s current rabies and other vaccination history in your kit. Have a list of medications and pertinent medical information as well. Put a current photo of your pet in your kit just in case he gets lost. You might want to keep all of these in a waterproof bag.
A pet first aid book is always helpful to include also. Include temporary identification tags (where you can list local contact information when you travel and put this on your pet’s collar) and a nylon leash in your kit. Other items to put in your kit can include:
- Disposable gloves (preferably non-latex)
- Antiseptic wipes, spray, etc.
- Non-prescription antibiotic ointment
- Blunt end scissors (for cutting of bandages or pet hair)
- Various sizes on sterile gauze pads (to protect wounds or control bleeding)
- Roll of gauze (for wrapping dressings; can also be used around muzzle, if needed)
- Self-cling bandage (the kind that stretches and sticks to itself; to secure dressings)
- Adhesive tape (also can be used to secure dressings)
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Syringe without needle (such as eyedropper/to flush wounds or give oral treatments)
- Sterile Saline Wash (can be used to wash debris out of eye or wound)
- Ear cleaning solution
- Tweezers (for removal of splinters, dirt or ticks)
- Old credit card (to scrape out insect stingers)
- Rectal “fever” thermometer and petroleum jelly to lubricate
- Rubbing alcohol (to clean thermometer)
- Nail clippers
- Styptic powder/pencil
- Glucose paste or corn syrup (for use with diabetic dogs or low blood sugar)
- Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) (IF approved by your veterinarian for allergic reactions. Check with your veterinarian for the correct dosage for your pet)
- Pet Carrier
Additionally, have these on hand but DO NOT use them unless and until your veterinarian or poison control center directs you to: Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison) and 3% hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting). NEVER induce vomiting before directed by your veterinarian or poison control center.
After any emergency, have your pet seen as soon as possible by your veterinarian.
Remember to take your pet’s first aid kit with you whenever you travel. Periodically check your items and replace any that have expired. Keep your first aid kit out of the reach of children and your pets.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational only. It does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog or cat.