Be Prepared! How To Make Your Own First Aid Kit For Pets

posted: April 15, 2014 by: Dr. Jennifer Nunnery Tags: "News"

Welcome to spring! I’m sure many of you are looking forward to getting outside with your dogs now that the weather is lovely. April is the American Red Cross’s National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. We thought a list of recommended items for a pet first aid kit might be in order. Remember, first aid is for minor injuries and managing injuries until veterinary care can be provided.

These items would be useful for a day hike or a camping trip. If you’re doing backcountry camping with your dog or your dog has special needs (like severe allergies), you might discuss a few more advanced items with your veterinarian.

Gloves

Muzzle or roll gauze that can be used as a muzzle (painful animals may surprise you). DO NOT MUZZLE an animal who is having difficulty breathing.

Bandage material like non-stick pads, gauze, and vet wrap

Triple antibiotic ointment

Saline eye flush, which could also be used to flush wounds

Dilute betadine in a small bottle and some gauze for cleaning wounds.

Tweezers

Cold pack

Tick twister

Thermometer (normal small animal temperature is 99-100°F)

Comb (for removing burrs)

Benadryl tablets – dosed at 1 mg per pound of body weight – for use in allergic reactions (like bee stings). If you see hives or facial swelling, it’s generally good to see a veterinarian soon, but giving a dose of this can lessen the reaction a bit.

A list of your veterinarian’s phone number along with local emergency clinic numbers and a local veterinarian if you are traveling.

One available reference: The Pet Lover’s Guide to First Aid and Emergencies, Tom Day DVM MS DACVA DAVCECC