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DIY Pet First Aid Kit

We all know accidents happen and responsible pet owners are always prepared for anything. You may wish to purchase a Pet First Aid Kit or you can follow the suggestions below and build your own:


– Disinfectant and antibiotic ointment

– Sterile saline solution

– Ear cleaning solution

– Canine aspirin

– Hydrogen peroxide

– Activated charcoal

– Eye wash solution

– Anti-diarrhea medication

– Allergy medication

– Medication to relieve itching
Tools & Equipment:

– Muzzle (make sure it’s a proper fit)
– Eye dropper and oral syringe

– Tweezers

– Nail clippers

– Needle-nose pliers

– Scissors

– Nylon slip-leash

– Disposable gloves

– Clean towels

– Paper towels

– A large blanket, which can be used as a stretcher if you have to move your pet

– A second blanket to keep your pet warm

– Cold and heat packs (wrap in a towel – do not place directly against your pet).

– Protect your pet’s important paperwork from getting wet by laminating it. Include:
– The name, phone number, address, and directions to both your regular veterinarian as well as an emergency vet clinic.
– List of medications and dosages, if your pet has a medical condition that requires regular treatment.

– Phone number for a Poison Control Centre.

Additional Tips:

– Don’t give your pet human medication unless advised to do so by your veterinarian.
– Don’t give your dog medication that’s meant for cats, or vice versa.

– Always take precautions when handling an injured pet. Even the most gentle, sweet-natured pet may bite if it is hurt or scared.

– Know how to use the items in your first aid kit. Pet first aid courses can provide instruction. When possible, consult your vet first, particularly before administering medication.

– Periodically check the expiration dates on medications and replace them as necessary.

– Keep a portable crate next to your pet first aid kit.

– Keep your kit in an easily-accessible place in your home, and remember to take it with you when you travel with your pet, too! You can assemble a smaller pet first aid kit for use during travel if you wish.
This blog post was sponsored by Cottage4Me Vacation Rentals on Beautiful Lake St Clair, Ontario, Canada. All Cottage4Me locations are pet-friendly.


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