Friday, 15 August 2014

Safety Week: First Aid equipment for your pet

It's Safety Week on Blogville this week, and as we were planning a post on useful items to have in a pet First Aid Kit, what better time to share! 

You can buy some very comprehensive First Aid Kits for pets - the Bambino Pet First Aid Kit or the Hi-Travel Pet First Aid Kit are some great examples, but if you want to use what you already have (and pets aren't THAT different to hoomans when it comes to First Aid requirements) then this is a useful list to go through. 
  • Scissors - can be used to cut through mats, entanglements, and for cutting bandages
  • Sterile saline wash - useful for flushing out wounds, and eyes if your pet should get something in their eye
  • Tweezers - for removing thorns, stings, or any other embedded objects
  • Muzzle - although we may all think that our dogs won't bite, they can react very differently when in pain and scared.  A soft muzzle can be a useful thing to keep for emergencies. 
  • Tick Removal Tool  - hopefully if you use a good tick preventative treatment, this should rarely be a problem, but it is so important to remove those disgusting little critters, to reduce the risk of Lyme Disease and infections.  We swear by the O'Tom Tick Remover - such a simple little tool, but does a fantastic job at removing them cleanly (please do not pull off with tweezers or the such, as you risk leaving the mouthparts in your pet, or cause the tick to regurgitate its stomach contents into your pet, both of which can cause a nasty infection).
  • Toenail clipper - to remove a torn nail, so it doesn't catch on anything.
  • Medical or micropore tape (ideally at least 1" wide)
  • A roll of gauze - can be used to bandage splints, as wadding or to hold dressing in place.
  • Vet wrap - this is great stuff, a bandage that sticks to itself and not fur.  Great for holding wadding in place over a wound.
  • Dressing pads - ideally non-stick ones, to be used over wounds with the vet wrap.
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plastic bags - great for covering up foot injuries to prevent blood spillages and to keep clean.
  • Medical gloves - for you!  This can also reduce further contamination of a wound
  • Benadryl - for stings and allergic reactions.  Check with your vets about what dose to give.
  • Thermometer - the normal temperature range for a dogs or cats is 37.5-39°c.  And learn how to use it - if needed, also keep some lubricant for taking temperatures.
  • Waterproof box - to keep everything in
  • A blanket or towel - it is important to keep pets that may have gone into shock warm.
  • Telephone numbers - of your local vet, emergency vet
  • Medical Records - it is worth keeping a copy of any medical records that may be useful should your pet experience a trauma, that might be useful to the vets.
  • Medication - lastly, it can be very useful to keep a small amount of any regular medication your pet takes to one side for emergency.

Hopefully this is a comprehensive list for most pet owners - can you think of anything we might have forgotten? 


  1. Mom better start getting us a first aid kit! We have everything but...thank you for the reminder
    Lily & Edward

  2. Mom carries a doggie kit in MY car - she figures if we are going to get hurt it will be out and about but she has plenty of supplies in our home kit too. That was wonderful information you gave - well done :)

  3. We think that is a great comprehensive list of anything one could need. I can't think of anything you might have forgotten. Nice one. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Wow, what a great list! I'm getting mom on that right away! Thanks for sharing!

  5. PAWSOME info!!! I had Ma take notes and is gonna get a waterproof container this week. We can always use an extra Furst Aid kit! And, Ma thinks that some of the creams might be expired in the kit we have now
    Thanks Lottie!! Great postie!
    Ruby ♥

  6. Thank you for the great advice. My Mom is a nurse and agrees with everything you recommended! She says you should have a similar first aid kit for your humans too.

  7. I've got my very own paramedic, not worried :-) x Luv's Cat Flap Cavalier X

  8. This is all such great information, Lottie! We need to make sure we have everything we need for our first aid kit. Thank you!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  9. We have a basket full of dog first aid items on "their" shelf. I need to keep one in the car. Thanks for the reminder. Hey Lottie! Come visit us Saturday for a ride in our Hot Air Balloon!! ☺