Are you prepared in the event of an unexpected pet emergency? Having a pet first aid kit is important to provide temporary aid until you can get them help.
Be prepared with this do-it-yourself pet first aid kit recommended by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Here is what your kit should contain:
- Absorbent gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always check with veterinarian or animal poison control expert before giving to your pet)
- Ice pack
- Disposable gloves
- Scissors with blunt end
- OTC antibiotic ointment
- Oral syringe or turkey baster
- Liquid dishwashing detergent (for bathing)
- Small flashlight
- Alcohol wipes
- Styptic powder
- Saline eye solution
- Artificial tear gel
- Phone number, clinic name, address of your veterinarian as well as local veterinary emergency clinics.
And finally, make sure to check your kit every few months or so to make sure nothing has expired or needs to be replaced. And of course, keep your kit out of the reach of children.
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