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Pet First Aid Awareness - National Humane Education Society

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Do you have some extra time on your hands? Why not start tackling your “I’ll get around to it someday” list. Preparation plays an essential part in helping to alleviate stress and handle emergencies with confidence. Creating a basic first aid kit may be one of those things if you are a pet parent. Why not give yourself some peace of mind by creating your starter kit today! (Make sure to check your kit regularly for expired items and to replenish used ones.)

Basic Kit Supplies:

(Click here for a printable supply list.) 

  • Container (to hold supplies)
  • Sterile Saline Eyewash (to clean wounds or flush eyes)
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting, only if directed by a veterinarian) 
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Diphenhydramine Tablets (Benadryl)–write dosage for each pet on the box 
  • Spray Cheese or Treats (for administering pills)
  • Styptic Power (to stop bleeding)
  • Instant Cold Packs
  • Tweezers
  • Tick Remover
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Syringe 
  • Flashlight
  • Gauze Pads and Rolls
  • Self Adhesive Bandage
  • Bandage Tape
  • Thermometer and Petroleum Jelly
  • Q-tips and Cotton Balls
  • Tongue Depressors
  • Gloves
  • Washcloths and Towels 
  • Slip Leash

Once you have assembled your kit, remember to include your veterinarian’s contact information, pet poison control’s number, and pet first aid book. You can customize your kit to include specific items for your beloved dog, cat, bird, ferret, or reptile.

(Click image for a printable card.)

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