As a pet owner, are you prepared for a disaster or an emergency? One thing you can do is to put together a first aid kit that’s specifically for your pet. Our team at Chathams Small Animal Hospital has put together these steps for building a pet first aid kit.
Step 1: Stock up on health care essentials
While your first aid kit is packed full of wound-care essentials and other necessities, you will likely need to add a few items geared toward pet care. Stock your first aid kit in an easy-to-carry, waterproof tote with these supplies:
- Digital thermometer
- Clean cloths or towels
- Bandage materials, including non-stick gauze pads, self-adhesive wrap, and tape
- Styptic powder
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide
- Rubbing alcohol
- Milk of magnesia
- Karo syrup
- Activated charcoal
- Dawn dish soap
- Eyedropper or large syringe without needle
- Sterile saline eyewash
- Wound flush
Add a copy of one of these top pet first aid books to your kit, in case you don’t have internet or cell phone access during an emergency.
Step 2: Refill your pet’s medications
Always include a month’s supply of your pet’s chronic medications, such as anti-inflammatories, thyroid medication, or anti-epileptic medication. Rotate supplies out as needed to prevent expiration, and don’t forget to add a dose of your pet’s heartworm, flea, and tick preventive.
Step 3: Print a copy of your pet’s vaccination records
Keep your pet’s updated vaccination records, medical history, and a current color photo of you and your furry pal together in your first aid kit. If you have to evacuate your home with your pet, you’ll have a handy copy of your four-legged friend’s pertinent information for an emergency veterinary visit or a boarding stay.
With all these essentials packed and ready to go in your pet’s first aid kit, you’ll be prepared for any disaster.
Keeping your pet current with vaccines and parasite prevention is also a part of emergency preparedness. Request an appointment with us.