Dec 29 2012

Your own Pet First Aid Kit

Hey there, animal lovers!

Here’s a little tip from us to you:

Basic first aid kits are a good idea for any pet owner – ideally before their pet suffers an unexpected trauma. You can put together a kit yourself to keep at home with some basic first aid tools. Here are some things we recommend you put in your pet’s first aid kit:

  • a card taped to the inside of the lid listing your veterinarian’s contact information
  • thermometer
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • latex tubing for a tourniquet
  • sterile saline solution and a large syringe for flushing
  • instant cold and hot pack
  • topical dressing such as derma gel (for sun burns, hot spots, insect bites, abrasions)
  • 2-3 non-adherent dressings
  • clotting agent
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • alcohol wipes
  • splint material
  • gauze roll
  • roll of cohesive bandaging tape (ie. Vetwrap)
  • blanket
  • flashlight
  • styptic power
  • hemostats

You can keep all these things in a marked Tupperware container, in a location all the family will have easy access to (no high shelves for those of us who can’t reach them!).

It’s always a good idea to contact your veterinarian when your pet sustains any injury because they can advise you whether a visit is recommended. Sometimes even small nicks or cuts cause your pet enough discomfort that they may start biting or chewing the wound and make things worse.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call!

highparkadmin | Wellness

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