Are You Prepared For a Pet Emergency? Here Are Some Necessary Items For Your Pet First Aid Kit

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No one plans on having their pet get injured or become sick, but it happens, and your best defense is to be prepared.

It is finally Summer  and there are so many great activities for dogs :

Hiking, Dock Diving, Surfing, Agility, Lure Coursing, Herding Flyball…  and just going to the dog park or the beach.

So before you leave home with your pooch think about putting a pet first aid kit in your car.  Definitely have a list of emergency numbers—include the number for your normal vet, emergency vet, animal control, and animal poison control center either in your phone or in your car.

Time is a big factor for a positive outcome so having these numbers handy can make a big difference.  Also taking a pet first aid course is another great tool to have just in case.  

For an instructor in your area click here

Here are some basic items to put in your kit:

  • Tweezers
  • Latex (or hypoallergenic material) gloves
  • Gauze roll
  • Gauze sponges in a variety of sizes
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Elastic cling bandage
  • Medical tape
  • Small scissors
  • Tongue depressors
  • Clean cloth, towel, and compact emergency blanket
  • Muzzle (even the sweetest animals may become aggressive when in pain)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent)
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Non-adhesive sterile pads
  • Sterile saline wash
  • Sterile eye lubricant
  • Eye dropper
  • Instant cold pack
  • Topical antibiotic ointment
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Small flashlight
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Diphenhydramine (aka Benadryl—get approval from your veterinarian first)

Below are some jing well points you can use on the way to vet

Have fun, be prepared and stay safe

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