As an experienced traveler, you probably already have a first aid kit in your car. But if you take your pets, it is also important to make sure that your kit is equipped with items specific to their needs.
People who love to travel know how important it is to keep a first aid kit in your car. Wearing the essentials for treating headaches or cuts can prevent more serious minor illnesses and injuries. The same goes for your hairy companions! If you are traveling with pets, we will help you make sure that your pet’s first aid kit is equipped with items that you may need to help them with.
How to make a first aid kit for pets
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Finding a pet first aid kit that you can buy is easy. They contain the basics, but you will still need to make some important additions to complete your kit.
If you are willing to invest a little more time, it is often more economical to start from scratch and gather everything you need to make your own first aid kit for pets. Fortunately, you probably already have a lot of items on hand!
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Even before you start collecting first aid materials, it is important to know how to use them. The first aid book for pets is a handy reference. And if you keep it with your kit, you will be able to quickly review all the procedures you need to help your pet.
Also include your veterinarian’s phone number, APSCA hotline (800-426-4435), your pet’s vaccination certificates, and copies of other important medical records in a waterproof container or bag.
The most common pet injuries are cuts, abrasions and torn toenails, so let’s start there. When dealing with one of these injuries, you will want to stop the bleeding, clean the wound, and cover it until a professional can examine it. Here are the supplies your pet’s first aid kit should include for these injuries:
Your pet’s first aid kit should also include certain medications. They should only be used if you have been instructed to do so by a veterinarian or poison control center.
Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) – to induce vomiting according to the instructions of a professional Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) – for allergic reactions, if prescribed by a veterinarian
Other useful elements
It is difficult to foresee all the things that your pet may get into while you are outside. Having the following items in your pet’s first aid kit can be helpful in a variety of situations:
Be prepared for a visit to a veterinarian
If your pet is injured or sick, there is a good chance that you will see a veterinarian. In this case, you will be happy to have your pet’s medical records scanned on a USB device in your pet’s first aid kit.
Having all the information about your pet’s vaccination and health will allow the veterinarian to quickly assess your pet’s condition and start treatment.
It’s scary when your furry travel friend is injured or sick. But when you are prepared with a little first aid knowledge, a good pet first aid kit, and information about the vet, you can stay calm and focus on helping your pet.
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