How to make a pet first aid kit


"Be prepared" isn't just the Girl Scout motto.  It's good advice!  Have your pet first aid kit ready before you have an emergency, and there just isn't enough time to drive to the drug store.  


Most of the pet first aid kit contents can be purchased at your favorite drug store. The contents of the first aid kit can also be used for humans too!


Have the following things ready :


Hydrogen Peroxide - 3% - used to induce     vomiting in dogs

Digital Fever Thermometer

Vaseline or KY Jelly

Muzzle for dogs (a necktie can be used if     you don't have a muzzle)

A thick blanket or board to use as a               stretcher  


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gauze pads and gauze wrap

                                                                                                   Vet Wrap / Cohesive bandage tape

                                                                                                   Adhesive tape

                                                                                                   Styptic powder / clotting powder

                                                                                                   Nonstick bandages - Telfa pads

                                                                                                   Antibiotic Ointment -  Neosporin or                                                                                                                   triple antibiotic        

                                                                                                   Bandage Scissors

                                                                                                   Benadryl - Diphenhydramine                                                                                                                               Hydrochloride

                                                                                                   Antiseptic Solution - Povidone Iodine or                                                                                                          Chlorhexedine 

                                                                                                   Turkey baster or syringe

                                                                                                   Saline solution - (the kind used  to rinse                                                                                                           contact lenses)

                                                                                                   Nail trimmers

                                                                                                   Tick removal tool - tweezers or forceps

                                                                                                   Cotton Balls

                                                                                                   Ear cleaning solution


Program your phone with your Vet's phone number and closest emergency clinic phone number.  Know how to get to the Emergency Clinic if you have never been there before.  It is well worth your time  to drive by and see how long it takes to get there.


Other helpful numbers are the Pet Poison Control Numbers:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control - 1-888-426-4435

Pet Poison Helpline - 1-855-764-7661


The Pet Poison Control centers are very helpful.  They have data bases of thousands of different toxins to pets, antidotes and treatment protocols.  They are  fee based helplines, so have your credit card ready.  Their websites are also great sources of information.


Want to learn how to help your pet in case of an emergency?  Please attend the Pet First Aid Class Dr. Judy McBeth is teaching at Waubonsee Community College.  The class is open to everyone! Topics discussed include bandage application, wound care, placing muzzles and "cones of shame", seizures, choking, CPR for pets, eye injuries, proptosed globes, insect stings, and how to make your pet vomit if they  swallow something harmful.   The class will be held Saturday March 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM in room 194 of the Academic and Professional Center ( Sugar Grove Campus ).   Class fee is $25.00.  To register, please call Waubonsee  Community College at 630-466-2360.



















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