FIRST AID CHECKLIST FOR PETS

Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be immediately followed by a trip to your veterinarian, and a first aid kit is never a substitute for proper veterinarian care. Here are some of the things you should keep handy in case of a pet crisis. Some are more obvious than others, but all can be beneficial in an emergency situation.

First Aid List Items:

  • Muzzle
  • Blanket
  • Towels
  • Flashlight
  • Pillowcase (for cats)
  • Gauze
  • Adhesive Tape (DO NOT USE HUMAN BAND AIDS ON PETS!)
  • Self-Cling Bandage (wrapping that clings to itself, used to hold gauze against the skin)
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers/Tick Removal Instrument
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Collapsible Water Bowl/Water Bottle
  • Benadryl (1mg per pound dosing, 25lb pet gets 25mgs)
  • Baby Aspirin (81mg per 15lbs)
  • Famotidine (Generic for Pepcid, Anti-Heartburn, upset stomach. Available in 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg tablets as well as oral powder.
  • The recommended dose of Famotidine to be administered to pets is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg) every 12 to 24 hours.)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting — only if directed by Animal Poison Control)
  • Ice Pack
  • Neosporin Spray/Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hydrocortisone Cream (anti-itch)
  • Corn Syrup (low blood sugar/diabetic pets)
  • Styptic powder — for those nail trims that go awry!
  • Saline Eye Flush
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • ASPCA Animal Poison Control # — 1-800-426-4435
  • Phone number/directions for nearest emergency veterinarian
  • Primary Care Veterinarian phone number/address information
  • Copies of your pet’s medical information/records — along with vaccination history

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