Pet First Aid Awareness

05/22/17 at 11:09 AM | Published Under Pet Care by Sandy Robins

If you regularly take your dog places, it’s a good idea to put together a first aid kit to keep permanently in your car to take care of minor issues and possible emergencies until to can get proper veterinary care. 

Admittedly, you can purchase first aid kits on line, but they are really easy to put together and simultaneously customize for your pet’s specific needs.

Start with plastic container that seals tightly and label it accordingly.

Here is a comprehensive checklist: 

  • Antiseptic ointment or solution
  • Bottle of hydrogen peroxide
  • Small stainless steel or plastic bowls for solutions to bathe wounds
  • Cotton balls, cotton swabs and a roll of cotton padding
  • Sterile dressing pads
  • Liquid bandage for pets (available from veterinary offices and online pet pharmaceutical supply websites)
  • Small flashlight and fresh batteries to look inside a mouth (be sure to check regularly)
  • Tick remover, a gadget to safely remove ticks
  • Self-adhesive bandages
  • Roll of narrow adhesive tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Sharp tweezers
  • Small blunt scissors
  • Pet digital rectal thermometer
  • Tube or jar of lubricant jelly to lubricate the thermometer before insertion
  • Sterile eye wash solution
  • Eyedropper
  • Syringe to administer liquid medicine
  • Hydrocortisone ointment or antihistamine spray for insect stings
  • Glucose powder to make a rehydrating fluid; use one tablespoon of glucose and add a teaspoon of salt to a liter of water
  • Small mirror (to be used in front of a pet’s nose to determine if she’s breathing)

In additional to the kit, its practical to keep a small blanket or large towel in your vehicle to wrap your pet “burrito style” while administering medication or attending to a wound.

If you are traveling and your pet it on any medications, it’s a good idea to keep copies of the prescriptions in your kit. Also keep additional copies, along with your veterinarian’s information and copies of any vaccination certificates in the side pocket of your pet’s carrier. If you keep copies permanently here, you will have peace of mind knowing that you will never have to hunt to find them. 

Check the contents of your kit every few months, replacing items that are expired or used up. Because first aid kits left in a vehicle are subject to heat and cold, it’s a good idea to refresh products more regularly.

 

As the country’s leading multi-media celebrity pet lifestyle expert and  influencer, SANDY ROBINS documents the wonderful relationship that we have with our pets highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen. 

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