How to Create a DIY First Aid Kit for Your Pets

Accidents can happen at any time with our pets and by keeping an emergency first aid kit around is always useful. Being prepared until you reach your veterinarian can help ensure the safety and health of your pet. We have put together a checklist that can ensure that you have everything you need for your first aid kit for your animals. Use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:

  • Pet First Aid Book
  • Phone Numbers (Veterinarian, Poison Hotline, and closest Emergency Veterinary Hospital)
  • Vaccine Records
  • Photo of your pets
  • Nylon Leash
  • Muzzle (To prevent biting)
  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic Wipes (Alcohol Wipes)
  • Cotton Balls/Gauze Rolls
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (To induce vomiting, only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert)
  • Ice Pack
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Blanket or Towel (To use as a stretcher in case your pet needs to be transported and is not mobile)
  • Petroleum Jelly (To act as lubricant for thermometer)
  • Thermometer (Rectal temperature normal range 100 F to 102.5 F)
  • Scissors
  • Non-Stick Gauze Pads
  • Sterile Saline Solution
  • Tweezers
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  • Cornstarch or Styptic Powder (To stop bleeding)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Corn Syrup (For diabetic pets or small animals that have hypoglycemia problems)
  • Diphenhydramine (In case of allergic reaction. Always consult veterinarian for dosage)

Of course in any emergency, it is best to take your pets to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Keep in mind not everything that works on humans is suitable for your pets and never administer human drugs or prescriptions to your dog without first checking with your veterinarian. Always restock your kit as well as checking expiration dates to ensure everything is in date. In addition to the items listed above, include anything your veterinarian has recommended specifically for your pet.

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