Creating a Pet First Aid Kit

Do you have a first aid kit for your pet? If not, you may want to put one together. While we hope that you will never have to use a pet first-aid kit, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and have one handy, just in case. In an emergency, having everything you need in one place could save crucial time! Below, a Colorado Springs, CO vet offers advice on creating a pet first-aid kit.

The Basics

You’ll want to start with some basic medical supplies. You may find it easier to pick up a regular first aid kit, and then add some specific items. Some of the things you’ll want to include are gauze pads, adhesive tape, antiseptic lotion or spray, cotton balls and swabs, an ice pack, sterile saline solution, hydrogen peroxide, tweezers, and blunt-end scissors. Rubbing alcohol, a plastic eyedropper, a syringe, and splints are also good things to include.

Pet-Specific Additions

Once you have the basics in your kit, you’ll want to add a foil emergency blanket, non-stick gauze pads, a pillowcase, ear cleaning solution, a sample or invalid credit card, a flashlight, styptic powder or a styptic pen, ear-cleaning solution, blankets, treats, and towels. Include a leash and collar, and, if you have a dog, a muzzle.

Literature

If your pet is ever injured, you should seek immediate veterinary care, but you may need to perform some basic first aid yourself before you can move your furry friend. We recommend buying or printing some pet first-aid brochures, and keeping them in the kit. It’s also a good idea to include copies of your pet’s medical records and registration, as well as important numbers, such as your veterinarian, the nearest 24-hour emergency animal hospital, and the ASPCA poison control number, which is (888) 426-4435.

Maintaining The Kit

We recommend keeping the kit at home, but taking it with you whenever you bring your pet off your property, especially if you go camping or hiking with your furry friend. Tip: it’s not a bad idea to store the kit near your pet’s carrier. Every six months or so, go through the kit, and replace anything that is expired.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Please call us, your local Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!