5 Must Have First Aid Items for A Safer Pet

As a professional pet sitter, your pet’s safety is my number one concern. That’s why I always make sure to have a well-stocked First Aid kit on hand.

The Best Prevention is Preparation

A First Aid kit is an essential tool that all pet owners and care takers should have at their fingertips. I keep mine in my car trunk  and a mini version in my dog walking bag so it’s with me at all times. Although I never hope to use it, there are times when it may be necessary. It’s true that the best prevention for injury or accident is preparation. While a First Aid kit can’t prevent things from happening to your pet, it can definitely minimize further damage from injuries as they wait to be treated by a professional.

Pet First Aid Kit: Starter Items

If you don’t have a kit yet, I recommend five particular items to get you started.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Preparedness Phone Numbers

Include a list of important phone numbers including your::

– Veterinarian’ s office

– Veterinarian’s emergency (after-hours) number

– Nearest 24-hour veterinary emergency facility

– Local poison control center

– National poison control centers

2. Muzzle

An animal’s behavior can be extremely unpredictable when they’re hurting. Amidst the pain and confusion even your precious pet can still lash out at you . That’s why the absolute first thing you must do before administering first aid is to restrain the animal. I suggest adding a proper fitting muzzle to your first aid pack, but in the spur of the moment, a simple rolled gauze will do. rap the gauze or self adhesive bandage around your dog’s mouth and tie securely behind the head. This will protect you and your pet from further injury. Be sure to only muzzle the bony part of the nose to avoid interference with breathing.

Tip: Some injured dogs may vomit. If the dog appears to become nauseated or begins to retch, the muzzle should be removed at once.

3. Pro-coagulant/ Wound Dressing

Pets can often suffer blood loss as a result of trauma. If bleeding is severe or continuous, the animal may lose enough blood to cause shock. Emergencies may arise that require the owner to control the bleeding even if it is just during transport of the animal to the veterinary facility. For minor wounds and cuts, wound dressing sprays or ointments such as EMT spray can be used to slow bleeding, soothe and protect the wound from infection until veterinary evaluation.

4. Three Percent (3%) Hydrogen Peroxide

If you suspect that your pet has consumed a poisonous substance it may be necessary to induce vomiting. BEFORE doing so, you need to identify exactly what your pet has consumed. Why? Substances containing certain components such as petroleum or strong acids/basis are hazardous to regurgitate; therefore, it is always important to contact a poison control center first to determine if it is safe to induce vomiting! If it is safe , give (3%) hydrogen peroxide by mouth at a dosage of 1 tablespoon per 15 to 20 pounds of body weight. Do not exceed two doses. If you cannot induce vomiting on your own, goto the vet ASAP!

5. Flat Transport Surface

This will be hard to “add” to your first aid kit per se, but in any first aid situation be mindful to identify a flat surface to transport your animal to the vet if need be. Gently placing your pet on a firm, flat transport surface will help minimize injury/prevent further injury on your way to the vet!

A Little Investment Goes A Long Way

Keeping these items at home or in your car trunk cost a little upfront, but has a major payoff! There is no price too great for emergency preparedness. Stay tuned and follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more tips to help keep your pets safe and healthy.

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