I have taken to the ‘Twitterverse’ once again and asked all of you to vote for what you wanted to see next on my blog. This time there were a couple topics that were doing well (maybe I will pull up one of the others later) but the front runner was clearly pet first aid. I started writing and realized that there is way more information than I wanted to cram into a single blog post, so with that – I’m turning it into a mini series. This is the first of at least 3 posts (I may come up with more as I keep writing the others, I’m open to adding to it if important topics come up).
One of the biggest and most important steps to any type of first aid is to ensure that you are prepared. The best-trained individuals still need to have the necessary supplies on hand.
Many of us have gone out of our way to ensure that there is a well stocked first aid kit at home, in our vehicles, at work, and more. Most public spaces or public events require extensive first aid kits, stocked with the supplies for nearly any situation that may come up. Why, then, do we not take the same care in preparing for the well being of our fur kids?
A pet first aid kit is a specific kit with your fur baby in mind. While many of these items may carry over from your human first aid kit, there are also items that are very unique to this situation. The kit should be kept in your home at all times, and taken with you if you are traveling together.
You can purchase a premade first aid kit from a pet store or veterinarian, there are some great brands out there. Or, if you’re like me, you can assemble your own!
What’s in my Pet First Aid Kit?
- Pet first aid handbook
- Contact numbers including your veterinarian, the nearest emergency vet to your home, emergency vet contact information for your destination if you are traveling, the poison-control center
- Medical paperwork for your pet including veterinary records, proof of vaccines, a current photograph of your pet in the event they are lost as well as detailed descriptive information including specific recognizable traits
- Any medication that your pet is currently taking
- Puppy waste bags
- A spare collar and nylon leash (or a nylon slip lead), and a muzzle
- A comfort toy/item: something your pet is familiar with that has their scent such as an old blanket or toy that will bring them comfort in an unfamiliar or stressful situation
- An inflatable pet safety collar (these are similar in use to a plastic cone, however being inflatable they can be stored easily)
- Pet specific self-cling bandages
- Gauze pads of various sizes and gauze rolls
- Medical adhesive tape
- Hydrogen peroxide and antiseptic wipes, spray, lotion or powder
- Antibiotic ointment
- Saline solutions
- Activated charcoal for poisoning situations (don’t administer unless advised by poison control or a veterinarian)
- Cotton balls and cotton swaps
- Disposable gloves (not latex based)
- Rectal thermometer and petroleum jelly
- Blunt end scissors to cut bandaging
- Ice pack (there are first aid specific packs designed for storage)
- Benadryl for allergic reactions (ensure that you speak with your veterinarian regarding the proper doses for your pet)
- Ear cleaning solutions
- Tick remover
- Nail clippers
- Collapsible food and water dish
- Small package of your pet’s food in the event of an emergency
- Small flashlight (to allow you to see in ears, mouth, etc)
- Tongue depressors/Splints
- Wet wipes or pet specific grooming wipes
- Clean towels/rags
- Emergency blanket (thermal blanket)
- Pillows case (if you have a cat or small dog, this can be used to help confine your pet, or as a tool to swaddle your pet to keep them from injuring themselves further)
*Please Note: All links connected are affiliate links. If you do purchase an item through one of the links I will receive compensation. All items selected are items that I use myself and endorse due to experience, not solely for affiliate purposes.*
Do you currently have a pet first aid kit prepared? Do you feel you are adequately prepared in the event of an emergency? Which of the above items surprised you or caught your attention?