Are you prepared for a pet emergency? First Aid checklist
15 May 2015
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As a pet parent one always has to be prepared for pet emergencies. Our pets, with their sheer exuberance and curious nature tend to get in trouble and hurt themselves. It is a good idea to keep a first aid kit ready always. Having a basic first aid supplies in the household is always helpful. We bring to you the basic ingredients of a first aid kit that will be helpful in case of any medical emergency.
Vaccination details: Your pet's vaccination and medical history details should be kept handy so that no time is spent searching for the papers when one has to rush to a veterinarian.
Bandages: Bandage or medical gause can be used as a torniquet to help control any bleeding and keep the wound clean untill it can be treated by a veterinarian.
Adhesive tapes: Adhesive tapes or plaster will be needed to hold the gauze or bandage in place.
Scissors: A clean scissors should always be kept in a first aid box. It is helpful in cutting bandage or gauze or plaster. After use, the scissors should with washed with a disinfectant to keep it clean.
Sterile saline wash: In case your pet has been injured by smoke or debris, a sterile saline wash should be kept handy to clean the debri and smoke from the eyes.
Water & water dish: Clean water should always be available to clean the wounds before dressing them. Clean water also helps in soothe the burns and wash off toxins. You can also keep a clean water dish in the first aid kit.
First aid medicines: In addition to your pet's regular medicines, keep a tube of soframycin / antiseptic cream and styptic powder in the first aid box.
Thermometer & Petroleum jelly: A thermometer will help determine if your pet has fever or is hypothermic. The normal body temperature for a cat or a dog is between 99.5 - 102.5 degree Farenheit. Any value higher or lower than the base value will require medical attention. Since the temperature has to be taken rectally, having petroleum jelly will make insertion easy.
Blanket, collar, leash and muzzle: Many a times an injury can cause sudden change in the behaviour. Your pet may become scared or aggressive and might become difficult to care. Keeping a blanket will help subdue them and keep them warm while a leash and collar will help carry your pet. A muzzle can be used in case your pet has suddenly become aggressive.
Forceps / tweezers: Forceps / tweezers will be helpful in pulling out any piece of glass or wood or insect or sting. C
Clean syringe: A clean syringe is useful in administering medicines and to clean any wound with sterile water.
Treats: One of the best ways to keep your pet calm is by giving them treats. Keep a small pack handy in the first aid kit.
Hand sanitiser: Sanitiser for your own hands after dealing with wounds.