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First Aid Kits For Pets

First Aid Kits For Pets

13 Jul First Aid Kits For Pets

Q: With spring here, I have some adventures planned for my dog and I. I would like to make a First-Aid kit to take along on these trips. What should I have in it?

A: Keeping a first-aid kit on hand for your dog or cat at home and for traveling is a great idea. If you travel often with your pet, keep one in your vehicle. Some items you definitely want in your first-aid kit include:

  • Your pet’s health paperwork. This includes emergency numbers, a list of your pet’s medications, and current vaccines. You may want to include your dog’s allergies or health concerns.
  • An extra dog collar and leash. Include a muzzle. In a time of emergency, a muzzle may be necessary. If your dog is frantic due to pain, he may act out. If needed, the muzzle can help keep your dog and everyone involved safe.
  • Gauze, non-stick pads and adhesive tape intended for animal use. These items will clean and treat wounds and bleeding. A make-shift muzzle can also be created out of these materials.
  • An anti-bacterial/antibiotic spay or dressing for cuts or wounds can help prevent infection. Also carry styptic powder or liquid to control bleeding.
  • Hydrogen peroxide. If your dog eats something toxic, hydrogen peroxide can induce vomiting. Speak with your veterinarian about the proper use and dosage. You will always want to check before use to ensure your pet’s safety.
  • An eyedropper or syringe. These can help you flush wounds or give medication.
  • Your dog’s medication and instructions. You may also want to pack treats and extra food. I suggest using zip-lock bags for each meal. Pre-measured dog food baggies can help reduce your stress! His treats may help when you have to distract him from a wound or treatment.
  • Other necessary items include:
    • Scissors
    • Towels
    • Tweezers
    • Tick removing tool
    • Disposable Gloves (powder-free)
    • Cotton balls/swabs
    • Q-Tips
    • Water
    • Collapsible dog bowl for food/water
    • Magnifying Glass
    • Thermometer (know your dog’s normal body temperature!)
    • Blanket
    • Flashlight
    • Pet First-Aid Manual
    • A First-Aid bag or box to keep everything together and easy to transport

Emergencies can occur at anytime and anywhere. Be prepared. You may also customize your first-aid kit to you and your pet’s needs. Also, educate yourself on how to properly use all the materials you have. Ask your veterinarian to show you. We are here to help! May you have many emergency-free adventures with your pet!

** If you suspect your cat or dog has ingested a poison or you have a pet emergency, you should call your veterinarian immediately or the Pet Poison Hotline at 1-855-289-0358. **

Supporting first-aid information from the American Kennel Club.