Most of us have a first aid kit in our homes stocked for situations where we may need quick access to bandaids, antiseptic, thermometer, or cold-compress as not every injury requires a visit to the emergency room or doctor’s office. However, do you have a first aid kit specifically for your furry friends? Making sure you have a pet-specific first aid kit is an additional safety measure to ensure you are able to tend to your companion during an emergency situation.
When stocking your kit, you should consider including these items:
Bandages (large & small)
Bandage Scissors & Tape
First Aid Pamphlet for Pets
Mineral Oil or Activated Charcoal
Scissors (with blunt ends)
Sterile Saline Solution
Thermometer (rectal – made for animals)
Antibiotic Ointment (without benzocaine or
Thermal Foil Emergency Blanket
While you can easily stock your own kit with items found at your local pharmacy and purchased through your veterinarian, you can also find pre-assembled kits at most neighborhood pet stores, as well as online. Be sure to go through your kit annually to ensure it is fully stocked with the necessary items and also check to make sure that you discard and replace any items that are past their expiration dates.
On a final note, exciting things are happening here at the farm! Be sure to stay tuned in the next few weeks to keep up to date on the status of Riley and future puppies!
In our last article, we talked about keeping our furry friends safe outdoors; however, we would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t also cover the list of common household products that are potentially lethal to animals. So, as you continue to work on your spring cleaning chores, both inside and outside the home, be sure to keep these harmful products out of your pets’ reach:
Common Household Cleaners & Disinfectants:
Health & Beauty Products: