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First Aid Kit for Pets

Published on: 2/13/2013 4:18 PM

A fully equipped household first aid kit contains almost all of the supplies you may need for your pets.  A simple first aid kit for your pets should include these additional items in a waterproof container:
  • Latex (or hypoallergenic material) gloves
  • Gauze sponges (a variety of sizes)
  • Gauze roll, 2-inch width
  • Material to make a splint
  • Adhesive tape, hypoallergenic
  • Non-adherent sterile pads
  • Small Scissors
  • Grooming clippers or safety scissors
  • Nylon leash
  • Towel
  • Muzzle
  • Compact emergency "blanket" (available in the camping department of many stores)
  • Water-based sterile lubricant
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Topical antibiotic ointment
  • Epsom salts
  • Baby-dose syringe or eye dropper
  • Sterile eye lubricant
  • Sterile saline wash
  • Diphenhydramine, if approved by your vet
  • Glucose paste or syrup
  • Styptic powder or pencil
  • Plastic card (such as old credit card) to scrape away stingers
  • List of emergency phone number including those for you pet's veterinarian, an after-hours emergency veterinary hospital, and the National Animal Poinson Control Center (1-888-426-4435)
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Penlight
  • Clean cloth
  • Needle-nose pliers
For a complete list of items for your pet first aid kit and detailed information on how to proveide first aid for your pets, consult Pet First Aid by Barbara Mammato, DVM, MPH, a handbook sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Humane Society of the United States.
(Resource: National Disaster Education Coalition, Washington, D.C.)
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