Most people are well aware of first-aid, and probably have a first-aid kit readily available at home, and in the workplace. But as a pet owner, it's important to make sure you have at least basic first-aid supplies for your pets accessible to you in your household should an emergency occur. Luckily, many of the items in a standard human first-aid kit can do double-duty for pets!
First of all, it's important to have all information about your pet available to provide to a medical professional in the case of an emergency. This includes your pet's species, breed, age, sex and weight. You'll also want to have contact information for your pet's primary veterinarian, as well as a local emergency veterinary clinic. It's important to have this information on-hand and accessible before an emergency occurs, so you're not rushing around during a time of high-stress. These details can make all the difference when it comes to getting your pet the fastest, most effective first aid treatment.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends having the following items on hand in the case of an emergency:
- Gauze for wrapping wounds or for muzzling an injured animal that might be distressed and prone to biting
- Nonstick bandages or towels to control bleeding
- Adhesive tape to secure the bandages
- Milk of magnesia or activated carbon for absorbing poisons (Note: always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before attempting to induce vomiting or otherwise treating your pet for poison)
- Hydrogen peroxide - for inducing vomiting (see above note!)
- Eye dropper to administer oral treatments or to flush out wounds
- Always have a leash on-hand to safely transport your pet, especially if he can't be safely crated
- A stretcher - or a door, blanket or other sturdy surface - can be used to transport your pet if he is not capable of walking without causing further injury
For less serious injuries, Pet Solution is a great product to have available. It's an all-natural, first-aid support formula made with electrolyzed oxidizing water, which helps pets' wounds heal faster. It can be used to treat a variety of common problems, such as minor cuts and scrapes, larger abrasions, hotspots, insect bites, skin irritation and more.
A little preparation can go a long way when you're faced with an emergency. Don't get caught rushing around for supplies. Have everything organized and in one place so you can provide the best care for your pet when he needs you most.