Most of us have a first aid kit ready and available for our loved ones, but our beloved dogs and cats have a way of getting into trouble, too. For minor injuries, you'll be able to ease your pet's discomfort if you're prepared with a basic pet first aid kit.
Three Categories of Basic Supplies
Here's a quick run-down of the basic supplies you'll want to keep in your pet first aid kit.
- Antihistamines—for stopping minor allergic reactions.
- Hydrogen peroxide—to cleanse minor wounds and kill bacteria that could lead to infection.
- Styptic powder—an antiseptic and clotting agent that can help stop minor bleeding if nails are clipped too closely.
- Triple antibiotic ointment—to treat or prevent a bacterial infection that can occur following minor cuts, scrapes or burns.
- Cortisone cream or spray—an anti-inflammatory that can ease itching.
- Non-stick bandages or pads—to cover minor wounds.
- First-aid gauze and tape
- Vet wrap—a self-adhesive tape that stays on and is very effective at keeping wounds clean.
- Sterile, disposable gloves
Just a few basic items in your kit will help make any first-aid treatment a little easier. These should include a flashlight, nail clippers, oral syringe, cold and heat packs, and a thermometer. A slip leash is also helpful for keeping your pup stationary while you administer first-aid.
Consult your veterinarian if you need assistance in choosing the best items for your first aid kit. As always, if your pet has an injury or condition that is beyond basic at-home care, call your veterinarian right away.
If you're wondering, "Is there an animal hospital near me?" the answer, happily, is "Yes!" Come visit us soon at Intermountain Pet Hospital! We'd love to meet you and your pets!