What You Need In Your
Pet's First Aid Kit
Our pets are part of our families, and just like we take our children to the doctor for checkups, we also know it's important to take our pets to the vet. Similarly, it's a good idea to have a first aid kit designed just for our furry friends in case of accidents. Here is what you need in your pet's first aid kit to keep your pets healthy.
You should keep important phone numbers in your cell phone, but having them all written down in your first aid kit could save you a little time and trouble. It's also just a good idea to have a backup list when an emergency makes things hectic. Remember to include a pet poison control number, the phone number of your vet, and the number for the animal emergency room. Also include backup fire alert rescue stickers to replace old stickers as they wear out. Keep the kit in an easily accessible storage cabinet so you can get to it quickly in an emergency.
Skin And Fur
Include scissors and tweezers for problems you might encounter externally like painful porcupine quills or thorns caught in paw pads. For external cuts and wounds, include styptic powder to stop bleeding, first aid tape and gauze to cover wounds, wound spray and animal-friendly antimicrobial ointment. You can use ointments made for humans, but with an animals' instinct to lick their wounds, it's best to use something made for animals (or use a cone until the wound has healed). For bruises and overheating, make sure there is a ready-to-use ice pack in the freezer, or even a bag of frozen peas. You could also include paw balm to treat dry and irritated paws.
If your pet is clearly having internal issues or he's eaten something poisonous, call your vet or the pet ER for instructions. Your pet may not need to go to the hospital, so you should have hydrogen peroxide on hand to help your pet vomit. The pet care professional may also ask you take your pet's temperature; for that you'll need a rectal thermometer, rubbing alcohol to sterilize it, and a lubricant to make the task easy for everyone. You should also set aside a few bath towels designated for your pets for transporting them to and from the vet.
Just like humans, there may be times your pet's eyes don't have quite enough protection from outdoor debris. Saline solution and eyedroppers should go in your kit along with vinyl gloves for handling anything that may be susceptible to infection.
Remember that treating animal wounds should be left up to veterinarians. Always seek professional advice before giving your cat or dog any medications or remedies. First aid kits are meant for minor injuries and temporary treatment.
Pets are part of the LTD Commodities family! We do what we can to help keep our cats and dogs happy and healthy; look to LTD for more tips and products to make every day with your pet special.