National Pet First Aid Awareness Month is celebrated during April.
This awareness has the objective to educate pet owners about what to do during an emergency occurs to their animals.
Accidents happen and we can’t prevent them. However, it is an advantage for someone to know the things to do and apply emergency care to their animals when accidents happen.
A first-aid kit is a good thing to have so that your dog’s paper works, medications, and other items are organized and in one place. You can also take this whenever you have camping, a road trip, or a picnic with your dog.
If you already have a first-aid kit for your canine buddy, make sure that the medications and items are not expired. However, if you have none, keep on reading to know what are some of the items that should be in your dog’s first aid kit.
Medical Records and Emergency Contact Numbers
Your dog’s vaccination record must also be included with this paperwork. The veterinarian’s contact number and animal’s hospital pet number are also a must so that you can give them a call right away if something happens.
It is also better to have a hard copy of all your dog’s documents so that when the situation arises and you are in a place without any data connection, you are still prepared with the hard copies.
This paperwork is also a big help if you are having someone to pet-sit your fur baby while you are away.
Pet First Aid Guide Book
This guide book can be a reference for the things that you should do during an emergency situation, like how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR for dogs and other vital information.
You can check out the American Red Cross’ Dog First Aid and the Safe Dog Handbook for this. Make sure to have a hard copy so that you won’t have to worry about accessing it when you don’t have Internet access.
Rubber Gloves, Bandages, Scissors, Gauze, Tape
These items are a big help if your dog got some outer physical injury from the accident. Gloves can be used as protection for you and your dog when handling bodily fluids. Gauze for the bleeding and a makeshift brace for fractures and the tape to hold the gauze in place.
You can use hydrogen peroxide for thoroughly cleaning wounds. It is also helpful for inducing vomiting if your paw friend has ingested something that is toxic for it.
You must know the right steps on how to induce vomiting. If you are not that familiar with it, you can print the steps that you have researched. You don’t want to poison your dog more by giving it the wrong amount of hydrogen peroxide.
Medications and Antibiotic Ointments
Antibiotic ointments can be applied if your dog had a scratch or small cuts. It is good for preventing infection and protecting the exposed skin from bacteria and germs.
Having a backup supply of the medications your dog uses or needs is a good thing to do, especially if you will travel far away from home. With this, you won’t have to worry if you can’t find the prescribed medications in a place where you will have a vacation with your dog.
Make sure that the medications are not expired.
What do you think about these items? Will you include them in your own pet first-aid kit? What are the other items that you think are essential in a pet first-aid kit? Share them with us below!