Every pet parent should have a complete first aid kit on hand just in case. First aid kits can be hyper stocked to prepare us to care for our furry friends in every conceivable situation, or they can be bare bones and stocked with simple basics. Whether you want to put together your own kit at home or take the easy way out and buy an animal first aid kit, having one around could be a lifesaver and will give you peace of mind.
Kits should always include phone numbers for your regular animal hospital, the nearest emergency pet clinic, and the ASPCA poison control center. You should also have a recent printed set of your pet’s vaccination records and health history as well as a current photo in case your pet gets lost. A pet first aid book is another worthwhile investment. Keep all papers sealed in a waterproof bag to prevent damage to documents.
Pet kits should also contain a sturdy leash, clean towel and self-clinging bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur. A muzzle will keep your animal from biting, and a cone will prevent them from disturbing any wounds.
A rectal thermometer (plus petroleum jelly as a lubricant) will let you know if your pet’s temperature is above 103 degrees or below 100 degrees, a sign they should see a vet clinic immediately. Tweezers, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, foil emergency blanket, ice pack and disposable gloves are also great in a kit.
A carrier or pillowcase for cats will help confine your animal if you need to rush them to the animal hospital. Benadryl, a small flashlight, styptic powder for cuts and over the counter antibiotic ointment can also be handy in an emergency.
For a complete list of the ideal first aid kit, this supply list from the Red Cross will have you stocked and ready, or visit us at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals for a personalized list customized for Fido or Fifi.