The Importance of a Pet First Aid Kit
Picture this: You’re out hiking through the woods with your dog, and you notice a deep gash on his paw pad, or worse, he gets bitten by another animal. What’s the first thing you would do? Would you be prepared to help him? As a pet emergency practice, Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas wants to not only treat emergencies; we want to prevent them. That’s why we recommend that you always have a pet first aid kit in your home and as part of your luggage when you travel with your pet. This is especially important during hikes through the woods and other areas where an emergency situation could occur.
Consider the supply list below when packing your pet’s first aid kit, keeping in mind that the kit is intended as a temporary means of treatment until your pet can see a veterinarian. Always consult your primary veterinarian before administering any first aid treatment. For after-hours emergencies, you can call us at 817-410-2273. We’re open 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Copies of pet’s medical records or phone number to your primary veterinarian
- Sterile gauze
- Soft fabric muzzle (for dogs) or restraint bag (for cats)
- Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting)
- Digital pet thermometer
- Cotton balls
- Adhesive tape
- Extra leash
- Eye dropper
- Styptic powder
- Water-based lubricating jelly
Having a fully packed pet first aid kit can make the difference between life and death for your pet, so it’s important to be prepared. Contact your primary veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet’s first aid kit and any other items you should bring when traveling with your pet. You can also call us for more information, and remember, Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas is available every night, weekend, and holiday to provide emergency care for your pets.