Packing a First-Aid Kit for your Pet

Jun 14, 2022


Let’s face it. There’s a reason that the old saying, “curiosity killed the cat,” first came about. Despite our best efforts to care for them and protect them, our pets can easily get into trouble, and accidents are bound to happen.
 
Since pet injuries are unpredictable, it’s important to be prepared. Putting together a pet first-aid kit can help to save valuable time in the event of an injury or illness while on a road trip with your furry friend or even at home.
 
The following list contains all of the essential items that should be included in your kit:
 
  • Antibiotic ointment for minor cuts and abrasions
  • Antihistamine medication for allergic reactions
  • Gauze pads to control bleeding
  • Bandage tape for securing gauze
  • Scissors to cut bandages or anything your pet has become entangled in
  • Disposable gloves to keep wounds from being exposed to bacteria from your hands
  • Digital thermometer to check your pet’s temperature
  • Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting
  • Leash and collar to restrain your pet
  • Muzzle for additional safety
  • Oral syringe to administer oral medication
  • Rags or towels for cleanup
  • Tweezers to remove splinters
  • Styptic powder to stop bleeding
  • Water and collapsible bowl to keep your pet hydrated
  • Medications that your pet is currently taking
  • Your pet’s medical records for easy access for veterinarians
 
Many of these first-aid items are likely already in your house but organizing them into one place can ensure that you have the needed supplies on hand when something goes wrong. Store them in a portable, waterproof bag that can easily be carried on camping trips or packed in the car during a day at the park. Check the items at least twice a year to ensure that the kit is well-stocked and none of the medications have expired.
 
Your local Co-op is a great place to begin collecting these first-aid essentials. We are a one-stop-shop for all your pet needs!
 
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