Many households have some sort of first-aid kit, especially if you have children. Regardless of whether it’s a bucket of supplies you’ve gathered from previous experiences or a pre-made ready to buy kit, you have the basics on hand at home for emergencies. So what about pet first-aid? Is there such a thing as a pet first-aid kit and if so, what should it include?
- Pet first-aid book-although by no means is it a Do-It-Yourself-Guide, a pet first-aid book is full of basic knowledge that every pet owner should know
- Vaccination records-you should always have a copy of your pets vaccination records on hand. Leaving a copy in your car so it’s easily accessible will make an emergency trip to the vet much more efficient.
- Photo of your pet-incase your pet gets lost having a photo handy can help expedite the finding process
- Contact information for your vet, emergency vet, micro-chipping i.d. number and company of registration, login for any pet-tracker website your dog is registered on.
- Nylon leash
- Self-cling bandage (stretches and sticks to itself but not fur)
- Absorbent gauze pads
- Non-latex gloves
- Rectal thermometer
- A foil emergency blanket
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Blunt end scissors
- Ice pack
It seems like a lot, but many of these items have double duty. It’s important to know when you should muzzle your pet in an emergency situation (never if your vet is vomiting, choking, coughing or having difficulty breathing).
Pet first-aid should never be given with the intention of avoiding the vet, but should be used as a temporary fix to take precautions for safety on your way to the vet. It’s always best to consult your veterinarian if you suspect any health concerns with your pet.
What you do know about your dog can be invaluable to your veterinarian in case of an emergency. Times that symptoms originated, any possible products or poisons your dog may have been exposed to, changes in behavior, etc. It’s important to keep calm and take note of important facts that could save your dogs life.