The Beauty of Being Prepared: DIY Pet First Aid Kit

They say the best offense is a good defense. No one knows this phrase better than a busy lady. With the summer season underway, we have to ask ourselves, “Am I ready for a pet emergency.”

Here’s some tips on putting together the best pet first aid or emergency kit. Most items can be found at dollar stores, your local discount store, or pharmacy.

-Sterile gauze pads

-non-stick bandages

-adhesive tape (do not use bandaids)

-Milk of Magnesia: used for poison control

-Hydrogen Peroxide 3%: used to induce vomiting

-Digital Thermometer and Petroleum Jelly: they are easier to read and will register higher temperatures than a regular rectal thermometer and petroleum jelly will help ease insertion

-scissors

-Sterile Saline eye wash: can be used to flush objects from the eye and as an ear cleaner

-Imodium: used to stop diarrhea (1 teaspoon per 20 pounds) however, you should be prepared to go to the vet if diarrhea lasts more than 24 hours or is accompanied by other symptoms

-Benadryl (children’s non-drowsy formula; 1 milligram per pound) used to treat seasonal allergies and cold symptoms, however, it is ineffective in cats

-Dramamine (dose varies by weight): used for motion sickness

-Hydrocortisone: can be used up to 2 times per day for itching

-Little Noses nasal spray: can be used to clean foreign bodies from the nose and to flush away congestion

-Bactine Spray: use for wound cleaning up to 2 times per day

– Neosporin: use for wound care

-Buffered Aspirin for DOGS ONLY: dosage varies by weight, do not use for more than 2 days for pain relief

-Syringes without needles: used to give medications by mouth and can be used to feed orphaned babies

NEVER, EVER USE ACETAMINOPHEN OR IBUPROFEN ON YOUR PET. THEY CAN BE DEADLY.

ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR VET BEFORE GIVING ANY OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION FOR CORRECT DOSING INSTRUCTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS ON WHEN YOUR PET SHOULD ADMINISTER OTC MEDICATIONS.

Call the vet or poison control if poisoning is suspected.