Friday, 15 June 2012

First Aid Kit for Pets

Good evening,
 Here is a list of first aid items that may help you in a time of emergency with your pet. You will feel much better knowing you are prepared should someting happen to your pet. Please always err on the side of caution and take your pet to the vet if you suspect he/she is ill. Any bleeding, crying when eliminating, vomiting more than a few times, blood in stool  or vomit, dizziness or disorientation, feverishness to name only a few conditions.
 I would like to have my vet - Dr J Pittaway comment on the special risks of summer. He and Dr Watters are  great vets. Dr Pittaway has been my doctor for many years.
 I hide under the chair when I go to see him. He always gets down and coaxes me out. He expects me to play hard to get and there is always a cookie in it for me!
Important Phone Numbers
Put these on the fridge and in the first aid kit
Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic
Emergency clinic phone number and directions
Poison control center phone numbers
Equipment and Supplies
Muzzle, or roll of gauze for making a muzzle
Magnifying glass
Nail clippers and metal nail file
Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch
Nylon slip leash
Eye dropper or oral syringe
Cotton swabs
Cotton balls
Clean towels - cloth and paper
Rectal thermometer
Lubricant - KY Jelly-keep hair from a wound
Disposable gloves and protective gloves for you
Syringes of various sizes
Needle-nose pliers
Grease-cutting dish soap
Bitter Apple or other product to discourage licking
Pet carrier to suit the size of your pet – I carry one in the car in case of emergencies involving an animal
Towel or blanket to use as a stretcher, another to keep your dog warm during transport (some pharmacies and camping outlets carry a thermal blanket)- these are perfect, compact and fit into a fist aid kit
Cold packs and heat packs (wrap in towel before using)
Stethoscope - listen over left side of chest

Bandaging Materials
Square gauze of various sizes - some sterile
Non-stick pads
First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin) and adhesive types
Bandage rolls - gauze and self adhesive wrap
Band-Aids (for humans)

Nutritional Support
Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade
Bottled water
High sugar source: for diabetic animals - honey packages

Wound disinfectant Hydrogen Peroxide
Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
Antibiotic eye ointment – purchase at drug store
Eye wash solution (squirt bottle) saline solution – buy at drug store
Never use Tylenol  some dogs tolerate Aspirin for pain-consult your vet before including
Antidiarrheal medicine such as Kaopectate
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions (obtain dose from your veterinarian)
Cortisone spray or cream,  - available at drug store
Ear cleaning solution pet store
Hydrogen peroxide (used to make a dog vomit - only use as directed by a veterinarian)
Activated charcoal to absorb ingested poisons (consult your veterinarian before using) – call vet  immediately
Get a thermal lunch bag for your first aid kit and keep one in the house and one in the car
*Watch the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed.


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  2. This is a very complete and wonderful list. I had never thought of using KY jelly to keep hair from a wound as well as a few other ideas. Thank you so much.