Preparing a Pet Emergency Kit
Preparing an emergency kit to keep around just in case your pet is unexpectedly injured is easy to do, relatively inexpensive, and a great idea. While full-blown veterinary emergencies are somewhat rare, it is important to acknowledge that accidents do happen and it is best to be prepared for them.
Should your pet sustain a serious injury, the ability to provide basic medical care until you can get him or her to Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic for full treatment can only be a positive for the health and well-being of your animal. Even if full clinical attention is unnecessary, it’s always good to have a few first-aid supplies at the ready to keep your pet safe.
Preparing an emergency kit for your animal companion is easy and consists of many of the same things used in human first aid. Your pet’s kit should include:
- The name and contact information for your regular veterinarian.
- Copies of your pet’s most recent shot and treatment records.
- A thermometer for checking temperature—the same kind in your own medicine cabinet will work just fine.
- Gauze, medical tape, and bandages for absorbing fluid, dressing wounds, and stabilizing injured limbs or joints.
- A leash—because surprisingly, even the most gentle pets may become frightened and aggressive when injured or in shock.
- A large towel or blanket to cover your pet in cases of extreme cold or shock. A towel can also be used to provide a calming barrier if your animal family member becomes frightened or anxious.
- Alcohol wipes for cleansing; can also help reduce fever if needed.
- Baby wipes or moist towelettes also for cleansing.
- Dish detergent for any other cleansing needs.
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl or generic equivalent) may be used to treat allergic reactions.
- Tweezers for removing splinters, glass, or other small objects that may become lodged in your pet’s skin.
- Scissors for bandaging and a host of other applications.
- A syringe to be filled with water and used to flush wounds.
- Tongue depressors or craft sticks.
- Hydrogen peroxide.
- Bottled water with a bowl or other container your pet can drink from.
- One to two doses of any current medications.
- One application of flea/tick treatment.
Using this list as your guide, you can assemble a complete pet emergency kit that fits in a small bag or purse, is easily accessible, and costs very little to put together. This is a great way to keep your pet safe at home, on the road, on vacations, and anywhere else you choose to go together.
If you’ve got any questions about putting an emergency kit together for your animal friend, please don’t hesitate to contact Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic.