No one enjoys when their pet is injured or sick, but having a few items set aside in preparation can make a big the difference in helping your pet in a time of need. Now, I always recommend you call your veterinarian in any emergency and get professional advice for your pet’s specific situation, but having access to the following supplies can help you (and your veterinarian) take better care of your pet.
- Medical gloves and gauze. Having gloves around can protect you from anything toxic your pet got into and protect your pet from the bacterial that live on your skin.
- Towels, soap, saline solution and betadine or chlorhexidine scrub pads. Briefly cleaning a wound or scrubbing a toxic substance off your pet at your vet’s instruction can be very helpful.
- Antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting), and diphenhydramine tabs and/or liquid (brand name Benadryl for allergic reactions). Only use these with specific instruction from your veterinarian. Inducing vomiting if your pet swallows something caustic or giving too much diphenhydramine can make a situation much worse.
- Bandaging material and bandage safety scissors. Bandaging wounds is an art, but in a pinch, especially with bleeding, you can wrap a wound until you get to your veterinarian’s office. Bandaging material can also be used as a make-shift muzzle if your pet is upset, scared or in pain after an accident.
- Have your pet’s medical history in your first aid kit. Having your pet’s records in an easy to access location can make the difference in your pet’s care.