Every pet owner wants their pets to be safe and happy. Whether you are handling a serious health issue or a minor one, it’s important that you are aware of it and well prepared about it. One of the most crucial things that is required for pet care is a proper first aid kit. A First Aid Kit should be streamlined according to your pet’s requirement and should contain a variety of pet items to address the wide range of minor health concerns.
Though your pet may have their own set of items, you can even try to use some items from the human’s first aid kit in case of emergency. Moreover, some items of human’s first aid kit can effectively be used when there arises an urgent health concern. These supplies can mostly be used for cleaning the wounds or bandaging the minor wounds and for ensuring that your pet is comfortable and safe.
Human first aid kit items that can be included in your pet’s first aid box.
1. Gauze, cotton pads, cotton swabs, splints
2. Hydrogen peroxide
3. Ice pack
4. Disposable gloves
5. Antiseptic solution
7. Sterile saline solution
8. Rectal thermometer
9. Foil emergency blanket
11. Eye dropper
Specific Items Related to Pets
Apart from the above items that are included for providing first care, there are few other supplies that your furry pal would require that would not be present in any human first aid kit. These items should always be present in your pet’s first aid kit for handling emergencies. You can also put aside some food and water in the same place for helping out in a case of urgency.
Along with these items, the major pet items that you should have in your pet’s first aid box are
- Nail clippers
- Prescription medications if applicable
- Styptic powder
- A pet carrier and either a pillowcase or a blanket
- Antiseptic cleaning lotion (Epi-Otic skin cleaner)
- Antiseptic cream
- Emergency hotline numbers for poison control or local vet’s office
- Medical records and paperwork
- Glucose or insulin for diabetic pets
Along with the required first aid kit, you need to also stock your pet pantry with Flea and tick medication for heavy infestations or controlling a parasitic infestation. Also, ask your vet if your pet requires any medication that needs to be kept for an emergency in addition to the supplied first aid kit. Don’t miss to refill your pet’s first aid kit whenever any item is finished. Always keeping first aid kit up to date can avoid situations where you may need to rush for materials in emergencies.