A first aid kit for pets

By Patricia Stephens, Owner, FloridaPets.net

Everyone should have a basic first aid kit around the house for minor conditions or injuries that may befall a family member or friend. Pets are part of the family, too, and you should take the time right now to put together a separate kit for them. This is a great project to do with the kids and it's easier than you might think. (Don't steal from the human kit! Purchase items just for the pet kit if you have to.)

Medical supplies:

• Gauze sponges
• Triple antibiotic ointment
• Rubbing alcohol
• Ear syringe
• Ace self-adhering athletic bandage - three-inch width
• White petroleum jelly (Vaseline or similar)
• Eyewash
• Sterile, non-adherent pads
• Pepto Bismol tablets
• Generic Benadryl capsules - 25mg, for allergies
• Hydrocortisone acetate - one percent cream
• Sterile stretch gauze bandage
• Buffered aspirin
• Hypoallergenic cloth tape
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Kaopectate tablets maximum strength
• Bandage scissors
• Custom splints
• Vet Rap bandage
• Hemostats
• Rectal thermometer

Non-medical supplies:

• Blanket
• Tweezers
• Muzzle and an extra leash
• Zippered plastic bags (put a few treats in one; use to soothe your pet if needed.)
• Paperwork, including your pet's health record, medications, local and national poison control numbers, regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone numbers.

Get creative with how you store your pet first aid kit. Some people use medium size carry-on bags. Others use a sturdy box, perhaps decorated by a child or grandchild for that purpose. It doesn't matter what you use, just be sure the kit is filled and handy at all times and out of the reach of children curious about its contents.

Now both you and your companion animals are safer in case of emergencies or evacuations.

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