Many owners travel with their pets. They take them hiking, camping, hunting and on those long road trips to visit family. It is important to be prepared for those unexpected emergencies that may come up while you and your pet are away. Here are a couple of things every first aid kit should have:
1. Your veterinarian’s phone number. This will allow you to contact them in case of an emergency. Not only will your regular clinic be able to update your records, but they can also forward your pet’s medical records to the attending veterinary hospital at which you are receiving treatment. If possible however, you should have with you any medical records pertaining to your pet while you are traveling.
2. Rolled gauze / towels – these can be used to wrap wounds, control bleeding or to make into a sling while transporting to an emergency clinic.
3. Tape – used to hold the gauze in place.
4. Scissors to cut bandages and tape.
5. Diphenhydramine – can be used to treat allergic reactions. Do not administer unless directed by a veterinarian.
6. A recent photo of your pet – this can be helpful if your pet has wondered off and you are posting your pet’s information at the local veterinary clinics.
7. Digital thermometer – Do not insert into your pet’s mouth. The temperature must be taken rectally.
It is very important that we remember that when a pet has been injured, they are most likely scared and in pain. This can result in even the most loving and well manned pet to snap and bite. First aid treatment is not designed to replace veterinary care. The first aid kit can help treat your pet prior to getting them in to see a veterinarian.