How to Create a First Aid Kit for Your Pet

 

Accidents can occur when we least expect them, even in the safety of our home, we might get cut,

bruised or food poisoned. The same holds true for our furry pals as well. If you share your home with a

pet, you should have a basic pet first-aid kit. Since, they might get hurt, break their leg, choke on

something or get wounded most unexpectedly; readily available first aid kit can help you keep your

animal companions, healthy and safe.

A First aid kit can come handy not only during a natural disaster but any time a pet is away from

immediate medical supervision. It makes sure that during any unexpected pet emergency, your pet gets

the best possible aid before he can be taken to Virginia Beach veterinary clinic.

To start off with, keep a first-aid kit for your pet in your home and one in your car. It is advisable to carry

it while you are traveling with your pet. But the real question many might ask is how to get started with

preparing a first aid kit for their pet. What are some of the most essential items in a kit? Find it out all

here.

Hydrogen Peroxide: the most important thing your kit should have is a bottle of fresh, unexpired 3%

hydrogen peroxide. Besides coming in handy for cleaning the wounds, it can also be used to induce

vomiting in case your pet has eaten something poisonous. Cases of accidental choking and poisoning are

fairly common in pets, so having hydrogen peroxide can help you induce vomiting if needed. But one

should never induce vomiting in pets without consulting their veterinarian. Seek help from veterinarian Virginia Beach or animal poison control first, if you suspect a possible case of poisoning.

Liquid dish wash soap: Not for washing dishes obviously but for removing any poisonous toxic chemical

from pet’s fur and body. Chemicals like motor oils, medication can be harmful to the pets. If let

unwashed, it can result in tremors and seizures. In such cases, you can wash off these chemicals from

their body with liquid soap.

A can of canned tuna (in water) or a can of chicken broth: Wondering how a can of tuna can possibly

help a pet in need of first aid? Since many household items, plants or cleaning products can turn out to

be harmful to our pets. If they ingest it, it can cause drooling and foaming of the mouth due to irritation.

One clever way to dilute the chemical from their mouth and flush it out is to feed them fluidly. It is also a

relatively safer way to flush the chemical out from the body than using a hose or spray.

Apart from these, your pet’s first aid kit should also contain: Pet Poison Hotline number, Emergency

Contact Information (ER veterinarian), Muzzle, Nylon, Slip-lead Leash (dogs only), Gauze Squares, Roll

Gauze, Elastic, Adhesive Tape, Bandage Scissors, Antimicrobial or Antibacterial, Grooming Clippers,

Isopropyl, Towel or Blanket, Disposable Gloves, Sterile Saline Eye Wash, Thermometer, Water-based

lubrication, Pet Nail Clippers, Styptic Powder, litter bags, Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) and most

importantly, copy of pets’ rabies certificate.