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What To Pack In A Pet First Aid Kit

With the weather warming up, spring hiking is in sight!  Going out with your pet and getting lost in an adventure is what spring is meant for.  However, hiking or camping means being further away from veterinarians or somewhere you can easily get help from.  This is why you should have a Pet First Aid Kit to bring with you in case of an emergency.

Your Pet First Aid Kit should include:

  • Latex gloves – for a sterile environment
  • Muzzle or something that can act as one (shoelace, string, etc.)
  • Bandages – gauze, sterile pads, cotton balls
  • Tape/vet wrap – to keep a bandage in place
  • Saline solution – for washing out eyes
  • Syringe – to flush wounds/give fluids by mouth
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Tweezers, scissors, and clippers – to remove foreign objects or fur from a wound
  • Blanket/towel and washcloth – used for transporting a dog or keeping warm/cool
  • Thermometer and lubricating jelly
  • Hot/cool packs
  • Antibiotic ointment – for minor skin wounds
  • Pet-safe medication – Benadryl, Aspirin, Pepto-Bismol

Remember to check your first aid kit every few months to restock on any items you may need and to make sure that nothing has expired.

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