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Basic First Aid
BASIC FIRST AID
Emergency treatment and first aid for pets should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care. But it may save your pet's life before you can get your pet to a veterinarian.
Link to How to Examine your Pet:
Pet specific supplies for your First Aid Kit:
Pet first aid book
Phone numbers: veterinarian, nearest emergency veterinary clinic (and know how to get there!), poison-control center or hotline (such as ASPCA poison control center at 1-800-426-4435)
Paperwork (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies vaccination status, copies of other important medical records, current photo of your pet in case he gets lost
Self-cling bandage (Stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur—available at pet stores and through pet supply catalogs)
Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (as long as pet is not vomiting, choking, coughing, or otherwise having difficulty breathing)
Absorbent gauze pads
Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
Blanket (foil emergency blanket)
Cotton balls or swabs
Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting when directed by a veterinarian or poison control)
Non-latex disposable gloves
Petroleum jelly (to lubricate thermometer)
Rectal thermometer (your pet's temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
Scissors (with blunt ends)
Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
A pet carrier
Additional useful items
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. Vet must specify correct dosage for your pet's size.
Expired credit card or sample credit card (from direct mail credit card offers) to scrape away insect stingers
Glucose paste or corn syrup (for those with low blood sugar) "Nutra-Cal" is available at Pet/Feed Stores.
Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
Penlight or flashlight
Plastic eyedropper or syringe
Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean thermometer
Splints and tongue depressors
Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals and pet supply stores and your local pharmacy)
Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your dog's collar when you travel)
In addition to the items listed above, include any items recommended by your veterinarian specifically for your pet. Check the supplies in your pet first aid kit occasionally. Replace any items that have expired.
For your family's safety, keep all medical supplies and medications out of the reach of children and pets.