As the guardians of our furry friends, protecting them is one thing we always strive for. However, unexpected things happen. Scraps happen. Bites happen. Falls happen. LIFE happens.
Here at CUDDLY, we understand that although we may not be able to protect our animals from every happenstance, we can prepare ourselves to help them when the time comes with our DIY Animal Emergency first aid kit.
First Aid kits are not only crucial in the event of the natural disaster, but help guardians provide immediate care to animals not even close to medical sites.
Below are items and tools recommended by CUDDLY when assembling your kit to ready yourself for unexpected pet emergencies!
1. Contact Information
The initial thing you should have inside your CUDDLY Emergency first aid kit may be the name, number, and address to your pet’s veterinarian. You should also possess the number to ASPCA’s Poison Control in the case of any toxic ingestion. Having one of these information easily available helps you reference the correct contact details as soon as possible when it comes to emergency.
2. Gauze Pads/Cotton Balls
Essential to clean, wrapping, and squeezing tightly to wounds.
3. Adhesive Tape/Vet Wrap
Helps with securing any bandaging.
(Note: Make sure to leave room when securing wound to allow for circulation and steer clear of abnormal swelling)
4. Disposable Gloves
Provides you with protection from any contaminated fluids and helps lessen the quantity of bacteria/contamination from entering your pets wounds
Helps with unlodging small foreign objects, for example splinters, foxtails, etc from skin.
6. Digital Thermometer
Helps with checking for abnormally low or high temperatures.
(Note: Temperatures shouldn't be taken orally and must be taken rectally for canines and felines.)
For safety reasons, also have a gentle muzzle on hand. Pets in pain or suffering from injuries may act up aggressively when being treated.
(Note: Don't muzzle pets who are experiencing respiratory distress or vomiting. For cats, make sure to make use of a feline-specific muzzle to ensure the proper fit.)
8. Oral Syringe
For administering fluids orally or flushing out wounds.
9. Styptic Powder
Helps with clotting any bleeding caused by small cuts and scrapes.
10. Isopropyl Alcohol
Cleans wounds and rids associated with a bacteria.
11. Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
May be employed to induce vomiting when it comes to any toxic or foreign ingestion.
(Note: Always speak to your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating a pet for toxic or foreign ingestion)
12. Saline Eye Solution
Helps with cleaning and flushing eyes of foreign objects, irritants, etc
13. Dawn Dish Soap
Safely cleans wounds, removes grease, dirt, without causing irritation to skin.
Our pets contribute to our overall health in a lot of ways and this kit will make sure we make them happy and strong.
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