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Cat and Dog First Aid

Preparing For a Pet Emergency




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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 kitdachshund hounds items. Keep it in a place that the entire family can get to easily. Label your container, "Pet First Aid".
  • Gauze wrap
  • Non-adhesive bandages
  • First aid tape for gauze wrap (never put adhesive tape directly onto your pets skin or fur. Use to secure bandages only)
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Instant cold compress
  • Alcohol pads
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • 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
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Pair of disposable gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A muzzle; pets can bite when fearful or in pain
  • A leash to secure your pet for transport in an emergency
  • Small blanket
  • 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.
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- 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.







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