• By: Laura Lynn O’nan Education Coordinator

Pet first-aid kits

Those of us who share our hearts and homes with a furry family member know how important it is to keep them happy and healthy. We also know how curious pets are and how their nosiness gets them into trouble at times. As a pet owner, it is vital to have essential first aid supplies handy for when a pet emergency occurs. Whether the injury is minor or more severe, a pet first-aid kit is a crucial tool to have on hand for when your pets get themselves into a predicament.

First-aid kits specifically designed for pets can be purchased or you can choose to put one together on your own. You will need a storage container or a backpack to store all the essentials in. Important pet specific supplies to include are: a pet first-aid book, your veterinarian’s information (name, telephone number and address), poison control’s hotline telephone number, copies of vaccination records and pet medication information for each pet, and self-clinging bandages that don’t stick to fur.

Other important basic items to include: disposable rubber gloves, blunt end scissors, rectal thermometer, tweezers, blanket, absorbent non-stick gauze pads, cotton balls, sterile saline solution, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, antiseptic wipes or spray, self-activating ice pack, antibiotic ointment, and eye wash.

You can upgrade your kit to a survival kit by including: bottled water, pet food in an airtight container, food and water bowls, flashlight and batteries, extra collars with ID tags for each pet, a leash per dog, a litter box and litter for cats, pet crate(s) or carrier(s), and anything that will bring them comfort when needing to flee from your location in an emergency situation.

While a pet first -aid kit is important to have on hand in case of emergency, it’s not a substitute for the expertise of a veterinarian. To ensure your pet stays in tip-top shape, always contact your veterinarian about any injury your pet sustains. Something that seems minor to you may be concerning to your veterinarian and may require an office visit to guarantee your pet lives a long happy life.

You can never be too prepared for an emergency situation. There is nothing worse than not having the supplies you need or scrambling around to find them. Store your first-aid kit in a cool, dry, and easy to access location. Keep it out of reach from young children and pets.

Restock it when needed and replace any supplies that have expired.

If your pet is on a prescription medication, speak with your veterinarian about properly storing an emergency supply in your kit. And as always, you can contact us at manager@woodfordhumane.org or 859-873-5491 for more information on first-aid kits or adopting a homeless pet.

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