By Dr. Becker
Keeping It All Together. It's best to put all your first aid supplies in a container labeled something like "Pet Emergency Kit".
On the inside lid of the container add a label listing your vet's phone number and the number of the closest emergency animal clinic. This is also a good place to record any other pertinent information you might need in a hurry, like your dog's microchip registration number, date of last vaccination, etc.
Keep your kit in an easily accessible location and let everyone in the family know where it is. If you're traveling with your dog it's a good idea to either bring the kit along or prepare a second first aid kit for the car.
Items for Your Pet Emergency Kit
- Gauze to wrap wounds or for use as a muzzle if necessary
- Nonstick bandages or strips of clean cloth to cover a wound or control bleeding
- Adhesive tape to secure gauze, bandages or strips of cloth
- Clean towels (paper and cloth)
- Povidone iodine for wound disinfecting
- Activated charcoal to absorb an ingested poison (contact vet or poison control center before treating an animal for suspected poisoning)
- Hydrogen peroxide 3% to induce vomiting (after consulting with vet)
- Digital rectal thermometer
- Eye dropper or large syringe without needle to give medicine or liquids or to flush wounds
- Muzzle (injured dogs can become aggressive out of fear or pain however, if your dog is vomiting do not muzzle him)
- Extra leash or harness
- Stretcher for large dogs (a blanket, throw rug, floor mat, board or other object can be used in a pinch)
Tick removal tool, tweezersEar cleanser
Nail clipperAntibiotic ointment
Cotton ballsBottled water
Eye washDisposable gloves
Bach Rescue RemedyHomeopathic Aconitum for shock
You can also buy ready-made pet first aid kits.