Today’s blog is about first aid kits for pets, but don’t forget to check out my previous blog post on creating first aid kits for humans!

Here are suggestions from the ASPCA:

  •                Pet first-aid book. I found a natural one on Amazon.
  • Phone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic (along with directions!) and a poison-control center or hotline ASPCA  (888) 426-4435
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Use Technology for Your Pets First Aid Kit
Technology
  • Animal Poison Control Center Mobile App: The ASPCA Poison Control Center offers this handy reference tool. potentially poisonous plant “chocolate wheel,” which makes it easy to tell which signs you can expect based on the quantity and type of chocolate your pet may have ingested.
  • ASPCA Mobile AppIn the event of a natural disaster,“access critical advice on what to do with your pet before, during and after a major storm — even if there’s no data connectivity. It also offers some missing pets help
  •                Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other important medical records and a current photo of your pet (in case he gets lost)
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Joey, our beloved elderly cat.
Basic first-aid supplies

Nylon leashSelf-cling bandage (bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur)

Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (don’t use this if your pet is vomiting, choking, coughing, or otherwise having difficulty breathing)

gauze & nonstick gauze pads & gauze rolls

Adhesive tape

Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder, or spray

Blanket (a foil emergency blanket)

Cotton balls or swabs

Ice pack

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Do you have a first aid kit for your pet?

Non-latex disposable gloves

Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)

Rectal thermometer

Scissors  & tweezers

Sterile saline solution & hydrogen peroxide

Have a nervous or anxious pet? A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment. Thunder jackets or A pet carrier.

Other useful items
  • (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, Plastic eyedropper or syringe
The babies, NiNi & Gus
  • Expired credit card to scrape away insect stingers
  • Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
  • flashlight
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) &cantibiotic ointment
  • Splints and tongue depressors
  • Styptic powder or pencil
  • Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your pet’s collar when you travel)
  • Towels
  • Needle-nosed pliers, nail clippers

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Also include anything your veterinarian has recommended specifically for your pet.

AVMA has a page devoted to pet food recalls and alerts and a Product Safety Recalls and Alerts page.

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We miss Athena terribly!

Maintenance

It may also be useful to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with your first aid kit.

Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure they are within their use-by dates as well as flashlight batteries still working.   For your family’s safety, keep all medical supplies and medications out of the reach of children and pets.

What do you need to include in your pet’s first aid kit? Where will you store it? Would you like to include alternative meds?

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