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How To Create a First Aid Kit for Your Pet

pet first aidSetting up a first aid kit for your pet is the perfect New Year resolution to make sure they are always healthy and happy. You likely have one at home but what about furry friends who don’t? A great idea would be setting aside some time today (or tomorrow) where you can go through all of those things that need preparing so when disaster strikes you have the tools to keep your pet safe until you can get them to an emergency vet.

Here are the tools you need to set up a great pet first aid kit:

  • You will need a box to hold all of your first aid stuff.
  • An emergency contact card that has your emergency vet information, and your regular vet information.
  • Syptic powder: This is a powder that will help stop bleeding. You may have some to stop toenail bleeding.
  • Tweezers to remove splinters, glass, or anything sticking out of your pet.
  • Blunt-ended scissors: You want blunt-ended, or rounded-ended scissors so if you are cutting something off your pet you don’t accidentally puncture them. If your pet is wounded they will often be moving around a lot, increasing the risk of injuring them while you are trying to help them.
  • Medical tape
  • Gauze
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Rubbing alcohol or antiseptic wipe packets
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Digital thermometer for pet use
  • Oral syringe ( a small turkey baster will work) to wash out wounds.
  • Disposable gloves to keep bacteria and dirt out of wounds when you are treating them,
  • Clean towel
  • Leash. It’s best to keep one in your kit so you don’t have to look for one.
  • Muzzle. Even if your pet doesn’t typically need a muzzle, when a pet is injured they can bite as a way to protect themselves. They are often not themselves. This can help you stay safe while you try to help them.

Though some of these things can be purchased at a regular drug store, we recommend that you get them at a pet supply store. This way you know everything you get is pet safe. Remember that not all human first aid tools are safe for pets. If your pet is in need of first aid, please call your Albuquerque vet clinic for treatment advice and to find out if you need to bring them in.  One of the best first aid items that won’t fit into a kit is getting your annual vaccines. This way if your dog gets bitten by another animal you don’t have to worry about rabies or any other disease. Come into Vetco for your pet’s annual vaccines and well animal veterinary needs.