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Pet First Aid Awareness

During this time, as you practice social distancing, and find yourself with extra time, why not start tackling your “I’ll get around to it someday” list by taking inventory of your supplies. As we all are becoming aware, preparation plays an important part in helping to alleviate stress and tackle emergencies with confidence. If you are a pet parent, one of those items may be a pet first aid kit. Let us help you cross this item off your list by putting together your own kit. 

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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