First Aid Kit for Pets
A Checklist of Basic Emergency Supplies
Summer is finally (almost) here and you’ll be out more, doing fun things with your pet. The possibility that your pet could get injured increases with the warmer weather. I’m sharing a basic First Aid Kit for pets in the event that an accident should happen.
You’ll need a box to put your emergency supplies in, which will help keep it all together if you need it in a hurry. Put it where you’ll easily find it — in your home, your car, or both.
First Aid Kit For Pets – What you should have
If you are traveling with your pet, bring along the following:
- Pet first-aid book
- Phone numbers for your vet, nearest emergency-veterinary clinic, and a poison-control center or hotline (such as the ASPCA poison-control center, which can be reached at 1-888-426-4435)
- Your pet’s paperwork, including proof of rabies vaccination, and any other important medical records.
- Blanket, muzzle, carrier, or leash to secure your pet
First Aid Kit For Pets – Basic supplies
- Non-latex disposable gloves
- Adhesive tape
- Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
- Antibiotic ointment
- Alcohol swabs
- Hand sanitizer
- Sterile gauze pads or bandages
- Blanket (a foil emergency blanket)
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Gauze rolls
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Heat and Ice packs
- Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
- Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
- Scissors (with blunt ends)
- Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
- Sterile self-cling bandage (bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur, You can buy this at your local pet store.
- Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
- Styptic liquid to stop minor bleeding
- A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
- A pet carrier
- Muzzle (even the most gentle animal may bite if injured or scared)
First Aid Kit for Pets – Other useful items
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. A veterinarian must tell you the correct dosage for your pet’s size.
- Ear-cleaning solution
- Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
- Nail clippers
- Non-prescription antibiotic ointment
- Penlight or flashlight
- Plastic eyedropper or syringe
- Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean the thermometer
- Splints and tongue depressors
- Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals, pet-supply stores, and your local pharmacy)
- Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your pet’s collar when you travel)
- Needle-nosed pliers
*** Always have water on hand, especially in the warmer weather.
You may prefer to buy a First Aid Kit for Pets instead of making your own. Either way, stay safe this summer, whether you’re at home or on the road. I hope you have found this article useful, but I also hope you’ll never have to use your kit it. Enjoy!
Most of this list was supplied by the Humane Society.
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A QUESTION FOR YOU:
I’m curious — Do you have a First Aid Kit for your pet(s)?