Because life is full of unexpected moments, it’s important to be prepared in case of an emergency. While packing a First Aid kit for your family, consider also packing one for your furbabies. Though we often need some of the same items in emergency situations, it’s important to keep your first aid items and the items for your pet(s) separated, as not to contaminate each other’s items.
Keeping a first aid kit readily accessible for your pets is very important. In the event of a sudden illness or injury, it is your job as pet parent (or pet care provider) to act as first responder and secure your pet until he/she can be safely moved to a veterinarian, if needed. Not all situations require veterinary care, but your veterinarian should be contacted in any event to give proper direction.
The most important thing to keep – for the safety of all involved – is a muzzle that fits the pet perfectly. Even the calmest animals can react negatively when hurt or touched in the wrong way after an injury. There are muzzles made in all sizes for dogs, and they even have some made specifically for cats. As your local Lansdale dog walker, I would say that before anything else, the muzzle should be put on the pet to create a more secure environment, then you may proceed with the proper first aid care.
The following are also important to keep in a Pet First Aid kit:
- Gauze pads and gauze rolls
- Non-latex disposable gloves
- Antiseptic wipes, lotion, or spray
- Ice pack
- Rectal thermometer
- Petroleum jelly (to lubricate thermometer)
- Scissors (with blunt ends)
- Tweezers and nail clippers
- Towel and blanket
~ Written by guest blog and pet sitter Danielle C!