Pets get into the same minor scrapes humans do, from bee stings to cuts. You need to determine if it’s worthy of a visit to the vet, but in the meantime, having a well-stocked pet first aid kit can alleviate some discomfort as a first step. This should never replace a visit to the vet, however, if one is called for.
Important information to have on hand:
A pet first aid book
Your vet’s number
Up to date paperwork for your pet
Your pet’s age, weight, breed and symptoms
First aid kit items:
Absorbent sterile gauze pads
Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
Cotton balls or swabs
Hydrogen peroxide – to clean wounds or induce vomiting
Non-latex disposable gloves
Digital rectal thermometer – Normal body temperatures for dogs & cats is 99.5 – 102.5 F
Saline solution to flush eyes
Telfa bandage pads
Milk of Magnesia
Styptic powder – to stop bleeding on nail tips
Ear & eye wipes
First aid lotion
Flea & tick shampoo
Grease-cutting dish detergent for cleaning wounds
Iodine for wounds
Sterile eye ointment
Small nail scissors
Tick release ointment
Ice pack & heat pack
Antidiarrheal medicine like Pet Pectate
Benadryl for allergic reactions
Keep your pet’s first aid kit in a cool and dry area with easy access. Check expiration dates every so often.
The American Red Cross has a Pet First Aid app you can download. It will give you expert advice, videos, and step-by step instructions in pet emergencies. For both Apple and Android.
National Animal Poison Control Center has a 24 hour Poison Hotline:
There is a $30 charge for each call.
The ASPCA poison control center is 800-426-4435
PetMD is a comprehensive website.