10 First Aid Supplies for Pets Every Owner Should Have
At Trak-n-Return®, we know that you love your pets as members of your family. So do we! That’s why we assembled this First Aid Supply List that every owner should have. Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet’s life until it receives veterinary treatment.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends the following:
Have this kit in the house and fully stocked with supplies at all times. Many of the items in a family first aid kit can be used for pets, too.
- Emergency Phone numbers and your pet’s medical record (including medications and vaccination history)
- Veterinarian: ___________________
- Emergency veterinary clinic: __________________
- Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435)
- Gauze – For wrapping wounds or muzzling the injured animal
- Non-stick bandages, towels, or strips of clean cloth – To control bleeding or protect wounds (do not use Band-Aid-like adhesive strips)
- Adhesive tape for bandages – For securing the gauze wrap or bandage
- Milk of magnesia (or activated charcoal) – To absorb poison
- Always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before an animal for poison
- Hydrogen peroxide (3%) – To induce vomiting
- Always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison
- Digital Thermometer – (a “fever” thermometer because the temperature scale of regular thermometers doesn’t go high enough for pets.) To check your pet’s temperature, do not insert a thermometer in your pet’s mouth—the temperature must be taken rectally.
- Eyedropper (or large syringe without needle) – To give oral treatments or flush wounds
- Muzzle (in an emergency a rope, necktie, soft cloth, nylon stocking, or small towel may be used) – Covering your pet’s muzzle can be a safety measure for medical personnel and covering your pet’s head can help calm them.
- If your pet is vomiting, do not muzzle it!
- Transportation Items
- Leash – To transport your pet (if your pet is capable of walking)
- Stretcher (in an emergency a door, board, blanket or floor mat may be used) – To stabilize the injured animal and prevent further injury during transport
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