You never know when a pet emergency may happen. We think of making first aid kits for natural disasters and major emergencies, which is important, but don't forget to make the kit as portable as possible. You will want to have it with you when you travel with your pet away from home. Use a container to store your kit according to the environment it is kept.
Do you take your pet on the water? Make it watertight. Do you take your pet on camping trips? Consider a small backpack to make transport easy. Regardless of what you put your kit in, make sure everyone in the household knows WHERE you place your kit, so it is ready and available when you need it.
Your Kit Should Contain
-Absorbent gauze pads
-Cotton balls or swabs
-Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always check with a veterinarian or animal poison control expert before giving to your pet)
-Scissors with blunt end
-OTC antibiotic ointment
-Oral syringe or turkey baster
-Liquid dishwashing detergent (for bathing)
-Saline eye solution
-Artificial tear gel
-Phone number, clinic name, address of your veterinarian as well as local veterinary emergency clinics.
It is important to check your kit every few months to make sure the items are not expired or in need of replacement. In our next blog we will talk about pet first aid and what you can do at home to care for your furry family member.