What do you need in a first aid kit for pets?

Having the right emergency supplies on hand can help protect your furry family members.

Most homes have a number of safety measures in place to keep everyone inside protected – carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits – but many people may accidentally overlook the fact that pets can need medical care, too, and the supplies you keep on hand for yourself may not always be appropriate for a dog or cat. Having a properly packed first-aid kit for pets can help you manage any injuries or illnesses to keep them safe and get them on the road to recovery sooner.

Preparing for emergencies
No one likes to think about their pets getting hurt, but you have to be prepared for the possibility before it happens. From minor cuts sustained playing in the backyard to a stomach bug from eating the wrong house plant, there are a lot of potential risks for your animals all around your home. Time is of the essence in these situations, so you don't want to be scrambling at the last minute for the things you need.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, you should keep a printed list of emergency phone numbers in your kit. Poison control, your vet and the nearest animal hospital should all be included in case you need to make a call quickly. If you pet is sick or injured, you should call the vet first to see if you need to go in or if you can treat your animal at home.

Keep documentation handy that includes all of your pets' latest medical information, like immunizations, medications and allergies to prevent critically wasted time. 

Having the right supplies
Whether you're treating your pet at home or just trying to improve the condition before getting to the hospital, you may find yourself needing to quickly care for a wound or illness. Keep non-stick bandages in your first aid kit that won't pull on fur. Antiseptic sprays, sting relievers and eye wash are all recommended for your pets by the American Red Cross. You may also want a specialized pain reliever, like Hartz® Aspirin Care for Dogs

You should have a thermometer in your kit to check if a sick pet has a high fever. Remember that "normal" for most dogs and cats is around 102 degrees F. Activated charcoal can help a poisoned animal vomit, but this should only actually be used if the vet recommends it. 

This content is provided by the pet experts at Hartz®. Before you invest in a new chew toy, biscuit or treat for your companion, turn to us for top-of-the-line advice and tips.

Category: Pet Supplies