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Pet First Aid Kits

Does your pet have a first aid kit? If not, we urge you to take a few moments and create one. While we hope you’ll never need it, a good first aid kit could save your furry friend’s life in an emergency situation. A Coon Rapids veterinarian offers advice on putting a pet first aid kit together in this article.

Medical Supplies

You’ll want to include some basic medical supplies in your furball’s first aid kit. Include items such as gauze pads, adhesive tape, sterile saline solution, antiseptic wipes or lotion, cotton balls, a cooling ice pack and medical gloves. Tweezers, eye droppers, tick removers, and blunt-end scissors are good things to keep in the kit. Milk of magnesia, activated charcoal, and hydrogen peroxide should also be included, in case your pet ingests something poisonous, though you should only use them if specifically directed to by your vet or poison-control center. We recommend adding a thermal blanket as well.

Other Supplies

We strongly recommend getting books and/or brochures on pet first aid and keeping those in the kit. That way, if something does happen, everything is in one place. If you can’t find brochures, print first aid information from the internet for reference instead. Keep important phone numbers in the kit as well. Include contact information for your veterinarian and the nearest 24-hour animal hospital, and the ASPCA Poison Control hotline number, which is (888) 426-4435. Smartphone users are advised to add these numbers to their contacts, so they are always handy. Make copies of your furbaby’s medical records, including vaccinations and registrations, and keep those in the kit as well.

Pet-Specific Supplies

In addition to the above-listed items, your pet’s first aid kit should include some pet-specific supplies. A nylon leash and muzzle or cloth strips are recommended for dogs. Pet nail clippers, self-clinging pet bandages, and styptic powder or pencil are also good items to include.

Tips

Keep your pet’s first aid kit in easy reach, preferably near your pet’s carrier. Remember to take it with you if you are going on outdoor excursions with your furball, such as a hiking trip with Fido. In case of an emergency, you’ll of course want to bring your pet to the vet immediately.

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