Spring & summer mean not only are we more active outside, but so are our pets! Today, we decided to make a quick how-to guide for putting together your very own Pet First Aid Kit!
Please note, this is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list. If your pet has a favorite snack, that is a good thing to add! Does your pet have any regular medications? Also, a great addition. Please see the bottom of this post for great online sources to learn more!
Per First Aid Kit Checklist
Here are the absolute essentials for what goes in your pet’s first aid kit. A lot of these items work for human first aid too so feel free to make a combo human + pet kit!
- Important phone numbers:
- Pet Poison Control
- Your primary vet’s office
- The nearest pet ER
- Animal control (if anyone else’s pet is involved)
- Non-emergency police
- The nearest pet boarding facilities
- Digital thermometer
- This is especially useful for hyperthermia (overheating) & hypothermia (getting too cold)
- Muzzle: even NON-aggressive patients can bite when injured and/or scared (even people)
- Leash & collar with ID
- Gauze roll or ACE BANDAGE
- Spare towels & washclothes
- For cleaning and as bandage material
- Medical tape (non-stick tape)
- Oral syringe (like the kind that come with children’s medicine)
- Non-scented medical lubricant To protect eyes & wounds
- Activated charcoal
- To absorb toxins in the body
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- This is to induce vomiting if needed: but please ALWAY contact Pet Poison Control or a veterinarian before induing vomiting
- Please note: hydrogen repeatedly used in wounds kills new cells (hence the fizzing) & will slow down healing
- Saline Solution (contact solution)
- To clean wounds
- Location of pet carrier (small dogs & cats)
Quick Pet Disaster Tips
These tips are for YOUR safety & your pet’s!!
- If your pet is injured, they are likely scared, confused, & panicky! Please try to not be bitten, scratched, or hurt.
- A hurt you cannot help a hurt them
- Please do not hug an injured pet. You may accidentally hurt them & they may not respond the way you expect them too!
- When you are checking them for wounds, please go slowly & gently
- If they get more & more agitated, pause and give them a minute.
- Drive carefully to your vet clinic
- A hurt you cannot help a hurt them
Being Financially Prepared
There are many strategies for being financially prepared for a disaster. Of course having savings in the bank is the most common form of preparedness! We do have some other recommendations as well.
Our favorite pet insurance: Trupanion
We have recently partnered with Trupanion pet insurance! It is an affordable insurance that covers accidents, illnesses, & injuries. Our favorite thing about them is that they pay your vet directly. So no waiting on tiresome reimbursements.
Want to learn more? Here are some great links!
Pet Poison Control:
Pet ER: Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists:
Online Pet First Aid Classes:
Guide for Pet CPR:
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at (918)865-4733!
PET POISON PREVENTION MONTH IS HERE!
Just like with babies, there are a lot of substances (ie medications, allergens, etc) that can pose a health risk to our fur babies! We will be updating you on some common household poisons and how to handle them! Keep an eye out for our upcoming info!
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR UPCOMING FAQ’S!!
We are SO excited to announce that we have our own app that will launch in January! You will be sent an invitation via text/email to download it. From there you can view all of your pet’s vaccine records, reminders, refill prescriptions… You name it and this app can do it! You can even request appointments and message us directly!
This is an example of what your profile will look like. You can access it via a computer with and internet connection or follow the instructions in the text message invitation (most have not been sent out yet, but will be shortly) to download the app.
This app can also make you a pet ID card. This lists all of your pet’s information, current medications, and vaccine history for when you need to visit another vet office. This gives you the freedom to always carry your pet’s medical history with you wherever you go!