Most people keep a first aid kit at home for themselves and their family, but it’s equally important to keep on at hand for your furry friends. Accidents do happen and when they do, it’s best to be as prepared as you can be. Here are a few must haves to go into your pet friendly medical aid kit so if disaster strikes, you have everything you need!
Basic first aid kit:
- An up to date list of all relevant emergency numbers in your area. This should include your pet’s vet, an emergency or after hours vet and an animal poison control centre.
- Photo copies of all your pet’s relevant documents such as medical history and vaccinations.
- Medical gloves to avoid contamination and to keep things sterile.
- Bandages, gauze dressing, cotton wool, scissors and adhesive tape to secure a bandage in the case of bleeding. Note that human plasters should never be used on a pet.
- A cleansing solution such as Silverlab Colloidal Silver Liquid which can be used to clean and soothe cuts, scrapes and insect bites and stings.
- A topical ointment such as Silverlab Colloidal Silver Gel for minor injuries.
- A muzzle or bandage roll that can be used to muzzle your dog in emergencies. Pets can get aggressive when injured and resist your help. Never muzzle a pet that is vomiting.
- Large cotton towel to wrap up smaller injured pets.
- Tweezers for removing splinters, ticks and other foreign objects from the skin or paws.
- Activated charcoal in case of poisoning. Please always contact your poison control center before attempting to treat a poisoned pet.
Other useful remedies to have on hand include:
- Digestive Support for constipation and diarrhea
- Natura Pet All Natural Eye Cleanser for eye infections in dogs and cats and Ear Dr. for ear infections
- Ear Dr. for ear infection and ear mites in pets
- Immunity and Liver Support for immune boosting during and after any illness
- Last but not least, be sure to have a bottle of PetCalm to reduce anxiety and fright in scared or injured pets.
NOTE: For all signs of illness, poisoning or serious injury, be sure to take your pet to a vet for a thorough examination and professional treatment.