No matter how much you try and keep your pets away from any danger, accidents happen. You could be travelling, driving, or just playing with them and something may happen.Much like how you would have a first-aid kit for your children in place, it is also a good idea to have a similar kit for pet emergencies.
Here is our list of medical essentials for your best pals.
From a gauze, to even a clean piece of cloth, these things can be used as bandage to help control bleeding or keep wounds clean until they are treated. Opt for the non-adhesive variety of wrap so it doesn’t stick to your pet’s skin or fur.
Water is not only to hydrate your pet but can also be beneficial in flushing wounds, soaking their paws, cooling them down in the heat or soothing any other burn. Remember to change the water every time though. Also carry a collapsible bowl if you’re travelling.
3. Medications and vaccination details
Apart from their regular medicines, it’s always a good idea to keep some styptic powder in the kit. Styptic powder stops bleeding in cases of minor cuts. For any mild allergic reactions, keep some Benadryl handy. Also, hydrogen peroxide can be kept in a dog first aid kit, as it can induce vomiting and help get rid of ingested toxins or foreign objects. But remember, never give hydrogen peroxide to your cat!
If you and your dog are planning an outdoor camping session or hike, antibiotic ointments are a must in case they get a small cut or scratch. It will help prevent infection, relieve pain, and keep them woofing happily throughout the adventure.
Unlike humans, it is slightly difficult to determine whether your pet has a bout of fever. A thermometer is necessary to check and take appropriate measures. The normal body temperature for a dog and cat is approximately 99.5-102.5°F. Many vets recommend that the temperature be taken rectally, as it more accurately reflects the pet’s temperature. To make the insertion easy, keep a lubricant handy.
Injuries can get stressful for your pets. It may seem obvious, but most people tend to forget that. To alleviate their stress (and yours), remember to keep treats to calm and distract them, especially during bandaging or checking temperatures.
7. Extra leash and poop bags
If your pet gets sick, they may need more poo bags than they usually do. It’s also a good idea to have a collar and leash around in the kit. Some dogs may get angsty and try to run. A leash will keep them in your control so that you can take them to the nearest vet or to the safe confines of your home.