September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, as well as Responsible Pet Ownership Month. It's a great time to ask yourself if you’re ready to tackle anything. Today, Harley and I are going to make our own pet first aid kit.
I’m sure you’ve all been watching the news regarding flash floods the US has been facing recently, so it’s never a bad idea to be prepared. I reached out to Dr. Justine Lee about her blog Pet First Aid: Building Your Own Pet First Aid Kit and thought it would be a great idea to show you first hand what you can include. Dr. Ruth MacPete also has a fantastic video on How to Make a Pet Disaster Kit.
For more information on pet first aid kits, check out the list provided by the American Red Cross which you can find here and we hope you enjoy the video below!
Peter Kintzer DVM, DACVIM and Missy Beall DVM, PhD
Saturday, August 16, 2014
1. Paperwork: Vaccination & Medical Records And Emergency Phone Numbers
If you’re dealing with a critical emergency, you’ll want all of your dog’s info in one place. This will help if your dog gets hurt and needs medical attention.
If you can get to the emergency vet, they’ll be able to provide better, safer care if they know your dog’s medical history. You’ll also want emergency numbers ready to go, even if you lose your phone where you usually have your contacts saved.
In the event of a disaster, you may not have electricity, internet, or phone service. Keep a hard copy of all of your dog’s paperwork with your emergency kit. A USB drive with your dog’s records saved is a good thing to have as a backup.
If you go out of town and leave your pup with a dog sitter or friend, make sure they know where the paperwork and contacts are in the event of an emergency.
Dog First-Aid Kit Essentials
Emergencies can strike at any time, whether you’re at home, running errands around town, or traveling. When they do occur, you should always be prepared with a dog first-aid kit, in addition to your human supplies.
This list will help you assemble everything you’ll need in a first-aid kit for a canine medical emergency or health issue. Aside from these items, be sure to remember to include important paperwork, including a copy of medical records, vaccination records, and emergency phone numbers.
Canine First Aid Manual
This practical reference guide provides information on first aid, illness and injury assessments, and a toxic foods list. The easy-to-use guide also helps you anticipate trouble with emergency planning advice, including a natural disaster preparation and survival guide. Price: $15
This lightweight, latex-free white medical gauze is a great essential first-aid item to have around in the event of an injury to either you or your dog. Price: $13
This pack of six self-adhering water-repellent bandages works well on dogs without sticking to their fur. Consumers appreciate these low-cost bandages and praise their successful non-slip support. Price: $10
These self-adhering bandages are elastic and breathable and each roll measures five yards long, ensuring that you’ll never run out in the event of a first aid emergency. Price: $10
These absorbent organic cotton balls are super soft and can function in either the application of medicine or the cleaning up of cuts or wounds belonging to your or your pup. Price: $3
An antiseptic like hydrogen peroxide is always a good idea to have on hand in your first-aid kit, to help prevent infection in the event of any injury. Price: $2
Made in the USA, this fast-acting, non-toxic ointment can be used to treat cuts, sores, rashes, dry skin, and allergies, and is safe for dogs if accidentally ingested, making it a great emergency item. Price: $19
Milk of Magnesia
Milk of Magnesia and charcoal can be used to absorb and counteract poisons, but be sure to consult with a veterinarian first to determine what size dose may be safe for your dog. Price: $24
Ranked as Amazon’s top choice for oral thermometers , the bendable tip, affordability, and accurate readings make this product a solid purchase and useful item to include in your kit. Price: $14
The sturdy, BPA-free pill organizer is moisture-proof and has eight large compartments, making it especially effective for dogs taking multiple medications. Price: $13
The 3-pack of 8-inch scissors work for both left and right-handed individuals and they may come in handy to help cut bandages or gauze to size when needed. Price: $10
Tweezers are a must-have for any first aid kit, and with stainless steel slant tips, this precise pair will be helpful when picking splinters out of your dog’s paw, or ticks out of their fur. Price: $10
This lightweight LED-illuminated glass can magnify cuts, wounds, splinters, and more by up to three times with a jeweler’s magnifying glass. Price: $15
Use eyedroppers or syringes to flush wounds or to give oral medications to your dog. This non-toxic pack of four syringes is individually sealed and suitable for feeding pets. Price: $7
This pair of LED flashlights have five modes (low, medium, high, strobe, and SOS), will last 50,000 hours and are water-resistant, making for a durable light that’s good to have on hand for emergencies. Price: $20
This super-absorbent, machine-washable microfiber towel is specifically designed for pets and can be a useful item to have around in inclement weather or elsewhere. Price: $10
Your dog may become frantic if hurt or wounded, and a muzzle may help to keep them from biting. This breathable, adjustable mesh muzzle will work for any size dog. Price: $13
Leash & Collar
In an accident or other emergency, your dog’s collar may come off or the leash may snap. Make sure you have an extra one available, like this water-resistant, reflective set. Price: $17
A portable dog bowl is essential for any on-the-go dog owner. Awakelion’s non-toxic, eco-friendly set has one food container and two bowls and holds about a week’s worth of food. Price: $20
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How to Build Your Own Pet First Aid Kit
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and our team at Anasazi Animal Clinic in Gilbert wants to help you put together an affordable pet first aid kit for your household! Sure, you can purchase premade kits, but making your own will save you money and ensure it is tailored to your pet’s specific needs.
If your dog seems shocked, dull or distressed after a fight, call the vet. Otherwise, look at the wound. Puncture wounds to the head or body mean you should consult a vet right away. Injuries to the limbs may not need immediate treatment, unless severe or very painful, but take the dog to the vet within 24 hours, as antibiotics may be required.
If the eye is bulging out of the socket, apply a wet dressing, prevent rubbing or scratching and call the vet. If chemicals have got into the eye, flush with water repeatedly (preferably from an eye drop bottle) and call the vet.