Are you prepared for an emergency situation with your pet?
If you’re anything like me, you probably tend to freak out a little bit in the middle of a crisis. That’s why being prepared is so very important.
The American Red Cross has designated April as Pet First-Aid Awareness Month, so we believe there’s no better time than now to talk about how to create an awesome and potentially life saving pet first-aid kit.
It’s very simple to put together a pet first-aid kit; just grab a small tool box and start filling it with items that will come in handy in the event of an emergency with your pet.
13 Must-Have Items For Your Pet First-Aid Kit
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Antiseptic Solution
- Small Flashlight
- First-Aid Tape
- Gauze Pads
- Soft Blanket
- Cotton Balls
- First-Aid Scissors
- Instant Cold Pack and Instant Hot Pack
- Hand Sanitizer
- Latex Gloves
- Alcohol Swabs
Other great items to include in your pet first-aid kit are copies of important pet medical records, including Rabies vaccination certificates, and phone numbers for your veterinarian, emergency vet hospital, and poison control.
Also, be sure to download the American Red Cross Pet First-Aid app for your iPhone! There’s peace of mind in having help right at your fingertips.
To see a complete list of items that you might consider including in your pet first-aid kit, download this pet first-aid checklist from Trupanion.
Remember that first-aid is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet’s life until it can receive veterinary treatment.
Also, please remember that I am not a veterinarian, and if you have any questions about what to include in your kit or what medical treatment is appropriate for your pet, always consult your own veterinarian for guidance.
Do you currently have a pet first-aid kit?
If so, have you ever had to use it in the event of an emergency? What other items would you include? Connect with us over on our Facebook page and let’s chat!
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