Are you prepared in case of an emergency? Do you have all the necessary tools and appliances for pet care if an injury arises? Having a first aid kit handy is highly important because it can have a large impact on your pet’s safety, recovery, and comfort. It can also help you feel emotionally secure knowing that you have the proper tools to effectively take care of your pet if an unfortunate event took place.
Here’s how to create a first aid kit for your pet:
What should be included in a Pet First Aid Kit?
It’s possible to purchase a premade pet first aid kit that already has all the essentials needed in case of a minor injury, but you can also make your own first aid kit at home. There will be a few items that you’ll need to include which you should be able to purchase online, at the pet store, or at the local pharmacy.
- Container/toolbox to store materials
- Info card with primary vet and nearest emergency vet hospital
- Small scissors with blunt end
- Adhesive tape
- Gauze of all sizes (to wrap wounds)
- Cotton balls/pads
- Antibiotic ointment
- Styptic powder (apply to wounds to stop bleeding)
- Eye flush (saline)
- Digital thermometer
- Tick remover
- Syringe or turkey baster
- Rubbing alcohol
- Disposable gloves
- Clean towels/wipes
- Leash to keep pet secure and safe
Where to keep a first aid kit?
Although we never hope to use our pet first aid kit for our furry friends, it’s important to have one in case an unprecedented event occurs. Typically the best place to store your first aid kit is where you keep your pet’s other essentials. For example, a great place to store the kit is where you keep the rest of their food supply so that it’s easily accessible. Hopefully you never have to use the items in your kit, but it’s better to be prepared.