An essential piece of equipment is a First Aid Kit for your cat and dog in case of emergencies. When you can’t get to the vet immediately, having a first Aid Kit and knowing what to do will help deal with problems. Most of these items are in our first aid kits too.
- rounded end scissors
- rectal thermometer
- petroleum jelly
- 2″ and 4″ bandages
- stretch bandages
- gauze pads
- adhesive tape
- cotton balls
- tongue depressors for use as splints (cats)
- Isopropyl alcohol
- hydrogen peroxide 3%
- antiseptic cream
- calamine lotion
- sterile saline solution
- antibacterial soap
- protective work gloves for you
- cat muzzle
- dog muzzle
- antibiotic ointment
- Benadryl or other antihistamine
- Pepto Bismol – (dogs sensitive to aspirin, use Kaopectate)
- Syringe for oral dosing
- Pill Gun
- Pill splitter
- Vet Wrap (ease of covering wounds and keeping them clean)
Protect yourself as best you can as an injured cat/dog may bite or scratch no matter how gentle they are ordinarily. Try to have someone help hold your pet carefully depending on the injury.
It’s a good idea to paste the vet’s telephone number and address, poison control center telephone number and emergency clinic number on the First Aid Kit. Let everyone in the family know where the kit is kept and what is inside. Check the contents regularly to see that nothing is damaged and if any items are outdated and need to be replaced.
Remember, the First Aid Kit in no way is a substitute for getting to the vet as soon as possible in an emergency. Call your vet or emergency center to let them know you are on your way and what has happened.
NEVER, EVER GIVE YOUR PET MEDICATION YOU MIGHT TAKE WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR VET FIRST!