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Important Items to Have in Your Pet First Aid Kit

As a pet owner, you know that your pet can’t tell you if he is hurt, ill, or injured. Most pet owners have become very aware of warning signs that something is wrong with their pet, and all pet owners should have a pet first aid kit on hand for simple, treatable pet problems that can be addressed at home. Here are some of the most important items to have in your pet first aid kit:

Treating Injuries, Cuts, and Bleeding

To treat cuts, injuries, and minor bleeding, your pet first aid kit should contain:

● Non-stick sterile bandages

● Gauze

● Adhesive tape

● Towels or strips of cloth

● Spray antibiotic or antibiotic gel

● Alcohol wipes

● Styptic powder

● Wound closure tape or spray

Treating Accidental Poisoning

If your pet has ingested something toxic or poisonous via mouth (as opposed to through the skin or eyes), you can start treatment at home with a few common, over the counter products. It’s recommended that you call poison control before beginning treatment, and call your veterinarian afterwards. For accidental poisoning, your kit should contain:

● Hydrogen peroxide 3%

● Milk of magnesia

● Activated charcoal

● Oral syringe, eyedropper, or turkey baster

Treating Swelling, Insect Bites, and Stickers

You can easily treat swelling, insect bites, and stickers or cactus spines at home. You should have on hand:

● Tweezers

● Ice packs

● Cotton balls or swabs

● Pet-safe topical antihistamine or anti-itch gel, cream, or spray (check with your veterinarian first regarding appropriate brands and dosages)

● Pet-safe oral antihistamine (check with your veterinarian first regarding appropriate brands and dosages)

If your pet needs more care than you can give him at home using your pet first aid kit, please call your closest veterinary hospital and let them know you’re on your way.

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