Emergencies can happen at any time. 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 should include:
- Extra leash
- Ice pack
- Non-stick bandages (the kind made just for pets)
- Towels, or strips of clean cloth
- Adhesive tape
- Milk of magnesia
- Activated charcoal
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Digital thermometer
- Medicine dropper
- Blunt-end scissors (to cut the tape and gauze)
- Rectal thermometer
- Disposable gloves (non-latex)
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. This handy pet poison reference guide can hold both your contacts and the numbers to call should an accidental poisoning occur. When you take the time to prepare in advance, you’ll be ready for the pet accidents and injuries you never saw coming.
Another useful resource? The American Red Cross. 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. You can also download their mobile pet first aid app for your smartphone, or stop by the Red Cross store to pick up their comprehensive dog and care first aid guides complete with DVD demonstrations.