I had a request for a post detailing items one should maintain in a pet first aid kit. That’s a great question. Your regular old band aids are probably not going to cut it if you have a furry bichon, right?
Fortunately for me, because I haven’t thought about the topic all that much, Dr. Janet has already created a thorough and excellent article on the topic of emergency first aid kits at AboutVetMed.com, and what one should maintain in them. Here’s an excerpt:
A pet first aid kit is the first step in being prepared should an animal emergency happen. It is also a hard question to answer because I don’t think there is a “one-size-fits-all” answer.
While there are many pre-made kits that may be purchased for pets (view/compare prices), building your own kit, or adding to a pre-made one, may be the best way to have a kit customized for your pet’s lifestyle and needs.
She goes on to give a checklist of such items one might not immediately think of such as benadryl, muzzles, and Telfa pads.
My personal favorite thing on that list: Phone number list! When you are panicking, you’re not going to remember anything (I speak from experience.) Having your vet’s number- and that of the local ER- right on top of your kit will save you a lot of running around should you be in that kind of situation.
PRIZE ALERT: First person to comment with number 16 on the list of emergency kit items wins an awesome adorable bead! Spotted dog and red bone already spoken for.