We all have a first aid kit in our home in case we get hurt. Unfortunately, there are also times when our furry friends get injured or ill. So you’ll be prepared should that happen, it’s 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.
Vetwrap. Vetwrap is a bandage that sticks to itself and not hair. You can purchase it from , from a pet store, or from your vet.
Cotton swabs, also known as Q-tips.
Ear wash solution from the vet.
Eye wash solution, which you can purchase over the counter at a pharmacy.
Emergency phone number for your vet.
Bland diet for an upset stomach. We suggest canned Purina EN for our patients. Consult your veterinarian for the food best for your pet.
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.
Also make sure that you know how much your pet weighs, that immunizations are current, and if your pet has any allergies. Keep notations of these in your first aid kit. If you’re not home when an emergency arises, your pet sitter will have all relevant information.
We hope you never have to use your Pet First Aid kit. But we’ll all rest easier knowing you’re prepared.