Caring for your pet is something that you need to take pretty seriously. In the case of minor accidents; you might not have to take your pet to a vet, provided, you have a pet first aid kit. On the flip side, if the accident is major, a pet first aid kit can also be an inevitable factor in sustaining your pet’s life till he reaches the vet’s table. In the case of pet accidents, as a pet parent, your priority should be to keep your pet from panicking and to alleviate his discomfort. A complete first aid kit and a working knowledge of the same can help you to achieve the same.
Plan yourself a pet first aid kit by including the following accessories:
Emergency contact details: Store the contact details of a number of local veterinary clinics to get professional advice, in the case of an emergency. You can even try and build rapport with your local veterinarian to get his/her personal number.
Scissors or a small trimmer: a small trimmer can be used to shave fur around the wounded area and the scissors can be used to cut bandages and well as the fur in wounded area.
Eyedropper: an eyedropper can be used to apply liquid medicine to the wounded area or to clean the wound.
Tweezers: Tweezers can be used to remove or pull out foreign objects stuck in the wounds.
Pet first aid manual: a pet first aid manual can be a godsend as it can readily give you information on what to do exactly with respect to different emergency situations.
Disposable gloves: disposable gloves can alleviate the risks of infections to your pet.
Hydrogen peroxide solution: it the best reagent that can be used to clean the wound.
Gauze rolls and pads: The gauze pads can be used to clean the wound while the gauze rolls can be used to wrap it.
Lightweight splint: lightweight splint can be used as a support to any fractured body part, especially the limb while transporting the injured pet.
A cold pack: a cold pack can be used to provide instant relief to pain or to reduce swelling.
Muzzle: pets can turn out to be unpredictable when they are injured and in pain. This is why most of the dog parents, use a muzzle as a precaution while they give first aid to their injured pet and transport him to a vet.
A blanket: a blanket can be the ideal choice to contain the pet while he is transported to the vet. It can help you to keep your pet warm and even give you greater control over him.
An injured pet can turn out to be aggressive; therefore, it is essential that you have vaccinated for your pet for rabies. Try to stabilize an injured pet prior to transporting him to the veterinarian. To prevent bleeding, you can apply direct pressure to the wound.
Always keep in mind that your pet first aid kit can never substitute a professional veterinarian’s work. Even if the injury seems minor, you need to keep a close eye on your pet for a couple of days and get him examined by a professional veterinarian to identify any sort of infections.