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How to Put Together a Pet First Aid Kit With Items You Already Have
Accidents happen and despite the best intentions most pet owners do not have a pet first aid kit in their house. Being prepared for common scrapes and cuts and knowing how to treat them is always a good idea. You may not have a pet specific first aid kit, but you may be surprised how many household items you already have that are safe to be used on pets.
It is a good idea to keep some information on hand in case you forget something in the heat of the moment or if your pet is being watched by someone else. If someone is pet sitting for you make sure they know the location of your pet first aid kit and can clearly follow the information located in it.
- Directions and Dosages: If you have consulted with your vet about the proper dose of medicine for your specific pet, write it down so you remember. Write what everything in your kit is used for and how to use it for anyone who may not know.
- Phone Numbers: Have phone numbers on hand so you don’t have to look them up and waste time in emergencies. Along with your vet’s number you should keep numbers for poison and animal control.
Every good first aid kit should have a decent selection of bandages. It can be tricky however to know what to use on a pet that has fur without hurting them. These options will allow you to patch up any pet, furry or not.
- Cotton Balls and Swabs: These are always good to have on hand for either covering a small cut or applying ointment.
- Gauze: Having many different sizes and types of gauze is a good idea. You can cover almost any wound with gauze.
- Medical Tape: Tape such as vet wraps will stick to itself without being sticky so it’s perfect for your furry friends. Used in conjunction with the gauze allow you to bandage any part of your pets body.
There are some household ointments and medicine you may have on hand that can be used on pets safely. However, you should always check with your vet to make sure before you use any human products on pets, just to be safe.
- Benadryl: Benadryl can be used in small doses on dogs and cats but can cause drowsiness so keep a close eye on your pet if you give them any. Dosage depends on size and weight of your pet so check with a vet before giving any to your animal.
- Dramamine: Small doses of Dramamine can relieve your pet of motion sickness or vertigo. Check with your vet for proper dosage for your animal.
- Saline Solution: Saline Solution is safe to clean a minor scrape or cut. Hydrogen Peroxide can sometimes be used on pets, but make sure that your vet gives you the ok before attempting to clean a wound with it.
- Saline Eye or Nose Drops: Eye Drops can be used for pets with a swollen or irritated eye. Cats and dogs with congestion can get some relief with children’s nose drops.
- Neosporin: small amounts of neosporin can be used to help heal minor cuts on your pet. Cover it with one of the bandages to prevent your pet from licking the wound as they should never ingest neosporin.
Aside from medicine and bandages, there are tools and staple items to have in your kit.
- Nail file
- Towels or washcloths
- Cold and heat pads
- Tick remover
This is Patrick Rice. I am lifestyle blogger and animal lover. Vetraps is one of my passions and I really hope that you enjoy the articles we have prepared.