Our pets are part of the family and they also have accidents or get sick. Just like you have a first aid kit for the humans in your home, you should compile one for your pets. You can either buy a ready-made kit or put together your own. The things needed for a pet first aid kit is a bit different from those of humans. Include these items:
A first aid kid, whether for humans or pets, needs to have some medication. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you never give your pets human medication. Include these items for day-to-day cuts, scrapes, and other minor injuries or conditions:
- Canine Aspirin
- Antibiotic ointment
- Allergy medication
- Activated charcoal
- Ointment for itching
- Ear cleaning solution
- Anti-diarrhea medication
It is important to have emergency numbers close by and know where to find them. If someone else will need to look after your pets, they need contact details and information about medication.
Laminate and stick important information to the top or inside of the kit container. This should include the name and contact details of your vet and the nearest emergency clinic, a list of medications and the dosages if your pet has medical conditions, and the number of a Poison Control Centre.
You will also need to include some tools to help you administer medication, subdue your pet when he or she is in pain, etc. You will need, among others, the following basics:
- Eye dropper
- Oral syringe
- Nail clippers
- Blankets and towels
You should ask your vet about specific items that you may need for your pets. You will also need to have basic supplies like gauze pads, first aid tape, cotton swabs, bandages, etc. With these things in place, you will be much better prepared to help your pet when they get hurt or sick. It also helps when you go away and someone else looks after them.