Could you respond if your pet had an injury or became ill? Knowledge of cat and dog first aid and CPR is a vital part of your pet's care. Courses specific to pet first aid and pet CPR are available through your local Red Cross. After living with a dog who has a heart condition, I highly recommend taking one of these courses for all pet owners.
Be Prepared at home: Assemble a Pet First Aid Kit
Pet first aid kits can be purchased as a unit through the Red Cross and other retailers, or can simply be assembled at home. It's a good idea to carry a mini-version when you travel as well.
So what makes up a basic pet first aid kit?
First you need a easy storage container to hold all of your pet first aid kit items. Keep it in a place that the entire family can get to easily. Label your container, "Pet First Aid".
First aid tape for gauze wrap (never put adhesive tape directly onto your pets skin or fur. Use to secure bandages only)
Instant cold compress
Styptic powder or jell
Water soluble lubricant such as K-Y
Eye wash for pets
Ear wash for pets
Eye dropper or dosage syringe
Digital rectal thermometer
Pair of disposable gloves
A muzzle; pets can bite when fearful or in pain
A leash to secure your pet for transport in an emergency
Emergency numbers: After hours veterinary emergency clinic; your personal veterinarian; local fire department; ASPCA Poison Control Hotline. Also include your dogs age, any health conditions they may have and medications or supplements.
Highly recommended - Purchase a good reference guide for pet first aid and pet CPR to keep on hand in an emergency.
Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation or check on-line and at your local bookstores.