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Pet First Aid Awareness 

Aside from taking a pet first aid & CPR course, which every pet owner 
and pet professional should do, it's also important to have a pet 
first aid kit. Having a well-stocked pet first aid kit can be a key 
factor in your pet's well-being during an emergency. It will serve to 
help you prevent further injury, lessen the chance of infection, 
and even save your pet's life. 

You can either purchase a commercial pet first aid kit or put one 
together yourself. In my pet first aid classes I recommend putting 
one's own kit together. This way you'll know what's in it and items 
can be tailored to your pet. I've heard from many pet owners who 
have bought a pet first aid kit and didn't look through it because they 
just assumed it had what they would need in an emergency. That 
may or may not be true, but when you're in the middle of an emergency 
you don't want to find out you assumed wrong. 

At the very least a pet first aid kit should contain the following: 
sterile gauze pads, gauze rolls, first aid tape, scissors, 3% hydrogen 
peroxide, antibacterial ointment, antiseptic wipes, eye dropper, 
muzzle, leash, digital thermometer, antihistamine (Benadryl or 
generic), and a blanket or stretcher. It should also include the 
address and phone number for your veterinarian as well as the 
nearest animal emergency center. And, be sure to have the 
phone number for the Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435. 

If you would rather buy a pet first aid kit, be sure to familiarize 
yourself with the contents. Take all of the items out and make sure 
you know what they are, how to use them, and if they're appropriate 
for your pet (for example, if a muzzle's included make sure it's the 
right size and that you know how to put it on your dog.) 

The hope is that you will never need to use your first aid kit, but 
if you do, having it handy will save time and may save your pet's 
life. 

 

 


 

 

 

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