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
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.