Lucky for your pets, you’re ready for anything. As their personal "Pet First-Aider" you make it your responsibility to keep a handy pet first aid kit well-stocked and ready to go.
At Petplan pet insurance we recommend a simple, easy-to-carry kit, complete with the most useful items for most pet emergencies.
Your basic pet first aid kit includes:
- Nonstick bandages
- Towels, or strips of clean cloth
- Adhesive tape
- Milk of magnesia
- Activated charcoal
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Digital thermometer
- Medicine dropper
You can even find ready-made kits at pet stores. Just make sure to personalize yours with your pets’ vaccination and medical history, and contact numbers for her vet and emergency after-hours vet clinic.
When you take the time to prepare in advance, you’ll be ready for the pet accidents and injuries you never saw coming. The American Red Cross can help. Many local Red Cross chapters offer pet first aid classes. Just type in your zip code on www.redcross.org to find class listings for your local chapter. Or, stop by the Red Cross store to pick up their comprehensive dog and care first aid guides complete with DVD demonstrations.