The long days of summer are great fun, but they unfortunately provide more opportunities for injuries and illnesses. Most of us already have a human first aid kit in our homes for just such times. It’s also a great idea to keep some additional supplies on hand for emergencies and illnesses for our dogs and cats. Here’s what you should include in your Pet First Aid Kit.
- Benadryl 25 mg. The dose is 1mg per 1 pound of body weight. (Helpful hint – post this dosage inside your medicine cabinet!)
- Vetwrap. Vetwrap is a bandage that sticks to itself and not hair. The cat in the picture is bandaged with vetwrap.
- Antibiotic ointment.
- Cotton roll.
- Nail trimmers.
- Cotton swabs, also known as Q-tips.
- Ear wash solution, purchased from the vet.
- Eye wash solution, which you can purchase over the counter.
- Emergency phone number for your vet. For our clients, call the hospital until 10 pm at 336.227.9979. After 11, call 336.270.4929.
- Pepcid AC.
- Bland diet for an upset stomach. We suggest canned Purina EN, and carry it here at Town ‘N’ Country.
- Latex gloves.
- Antiseptic wipes/solution.
NOTE: It’s important to note that you should NOT include over the counter pain medications in your pet’s kit. Very few ‘human’ pain relievers are safe for animals, and those that are safe are minimally effective and will make further treatment by a veterinarian difficult.
We hope you never have to use your Pet First Aid kit. But accidents happen. When they do, you’re the first responder for your pets/ Questions, ask us! We’ll all rest easier knowing that you’re prepared.