What You Need in a Pet First Aid Kit
What you should have in a Pet First Aid Kit.
1.Rectal Thermometer: The new electronic kind works best. Electronic ones beep when they are finished registering a temperature, they are slightly smaller than the glass kind, and they do not break as easily. They can be covered with a thin sleeve to halt the spread of germs. They can also be used as oral thermometers. They do have a battery which will need replacing and they are more expensive then the glass ones. Normal canine temperature 101 to 102.5F; (38-39.5C); normal feline temperature 101 to 102F (38-39C).
2.Lubricating jelly, to lubricate thermometer and wounds
3.Xylocaine topical ointment- this is great of giving local pain relief, cleaning wounds
4.Gel packs that can be used for hot and cold compresses
5.Adhesive tape to secure bandages- both non-stick tape and waterproof tape
6.Blunt tipped scissors (a must for animal first-aid – used for cutting hair away from wounds)
8.Alcohol swabs to sterilize instruments or small areas of skin
9.Antibiotic ointment for wounds (not for eyes) (i.e. Polysporin, for non- puncture wounds)
10.Sterile Saline Flush for rinsing eyes, to clean wounds (water can be substituted)
11.Cotton swabs (i.e. Q-tips)
12.Chlorhexidine (brand name- Germi-Stat 2%) – a mild antibacterial soap for cleaning skin and wounds
13.Sterile cotton or cotton balls
14.Sterile Gauze Pads (the larger 4 size is better since it can easily be cut smaller if necessary)
15.Rolls of gauze or cling gauze bandage (1-2)
16.Razor Blade can also be used to shave away hair and abrade the skin following a tick bite
17.Rubber bulb ear syringe, or 30-60cc, 10cc and 3cc syringes – used for flushing eyes, ears, and wounds
18.Forceps and/or tweezers
19.Self-adhesive bandage (i.e. Vetrap)
20.Numbers for the Animal Poison Hotline & Poison Control for Pets ( 800/548-2423 or 900/680-0000 both numbers charge a fee). The National Poison Control Hotlines for humans should also be included.
21.Information card with your Veterinary Emergency Clinic Number
22.Your pet’s baseline Temperature, Pulse, Respirations and Weight
23.A muzzle, or fabric to make one
24.Bubble Wrap for making an emergency splint
25.Tissue Glue ( great for closing wounds in a hurry)
26.Hydrogen Peroxide. To induce vomiting in dogs and cats after a non-caustic poisoning. Use 3% peroxide. Give 1 teaspoon (5ml) per 10lbs every 10 minutes for a MAXIMUM 2 times until your pet vomits.
27.Pain Relief for CATS and DOGS. CBD (Cannabidiol). Doses of 3mg/10lbs twice daily- safe for dogs/cats and no serious side effects
28.Benadryl. Up to 1 mg per pound every 8 hours to treat allergies, itching, etc. Can also be used as a mild tranquilizer when the dosage is reduced. (Feline dosage is the same as the canine dosage.)
29.Gravol/Dramamine. Up to 50 mg every 8 hours to reduce motion sickness, vomiting (Feline dosage: up to 10 mg every 8 hours.)
30.Imodium AD 2mg. 1 caplet per 30 lbs every 8 hours to relieve diarrhea. (avoid using if Collie or Collie cross dogs)