What’s In Your Pet First Aid Kit?

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What should you have in your pet’s first aid kit?

Having the right supplies with you in the event of an emergency is very important. We recommend keeping a well-stocked first aid kit at home and in your car.

Julian With His Pet First Aid KitWhen we go on hikes, our dogs are required to carry their own pet first aid kit in a backpack. It makes it easier to transport supplies, and it gives them a job.

Here’s what we recommend for the contents of your pet first aid kit:

Dressings & Bandages

  1. Adhesive Tape (1-inch roll)
  2. Gauze Pads (3 or 4-inch square)
  3. Gauze Rolls (2-inch for small pets, 3-inch for big dogs)
  4. Quick-Clot Gauze or Sponges (Don’t use the powder and don’t use on head or scalp)
  5. Triangular Bandages
  6. Individually-Wrapped Sanitary Napkins.
  7. Baby socks
  8. Paint Stir-Sticks (use as splints)
  9. SAM Splints

Instruments:

  1. Digital Thermometer (check battery twice a year)
  2. Scissors (blunt end)
  3. Tweezers
  4. Tick-Remover Tool
  5. Eye Dropper
  6. Syringe (12cc with the needle removed)

Ointments, Disinfectants & Medications:

  1. Benadryl (pink)
  2. Betadine Solution
  3. Antibiotic (triple)
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
  5. Sterile Saline Eye Wash
  6. Vinegar or Baking Soda (a mild alkali for neutralizing burns caused by acids)
  7. Activated Charcoal (for absorbing poisons)
  8. Petroleum Jelly
  9. Mushers Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax
  10. Kaopectate
  11. Dawn Dish Detergent
  12. Chemical Ice Pack

Miscellaneous Equipment & Supplies:

  1. Small Flashlight
  2. Needle Nose Pliers
  3. Q-Tips
  4. Razor Blades
  5. Extra Leash and Collar
  6. Muzzle (Dog and/or Cat)
  7. Pack-A-Paw Rescue Harness
  8. Mylar Emergency Blanket
  9. Plastic Bags (for clean up or samples)
  10. Permanent Marking Pen
  11. Photo of You and Your Pet
  12. Towel or Blanket (large enough to transport pet)
  13. Gloves (Latex or Nitrile)
  14. T-Shirt
  15. Shemagh Tactical Scarf
  16. Water
  17. Collapsible Water Bowl
  18. Contact Card (Emergency Vet, Police, Poison Control Hotline)
  19. Treats

Top 10 Situations Requiring Immediate Veterinary Care

  1. Trauma: Head, Chest or Abdomen
  2. Seizure: Prolonged or First Time
  3. Arterial Bleeding
  4. Fractures
  5. Poisoning
  6. Shock
  7. Respiratory Distress
  8. Inability to Walk
  9. Bloat
  10. Unconsciousness

Pet CPR & First Aid training is essential for pet owners and pet care service providers. While online training is better than nothing, having hands-on training is preferred. Tranquil Trails Pet Care Specialists are required to receive hands-on Pet CPR & First Aid training within their first three months of employment.

It is also strongly recommended that you do a Nose-to-Tail Wellness Assessment once a week so you know what’s normal for your pet. I’ll cover more about this in a future post.

If your pet is involved in an accident or experiencing a severe pet emergency, you can call 911 and ask them to call out your local CART.

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