Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Doggy first aid

As you may know, I am the proud owner of two darling pups
Lilian Rose
Chloe Marie
and never even thought about making a pet first aid kit. I recently read this article on CNN about what to put in your first aid kit.

- Typical First Aid Kit items - Bandages, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, gauze, cotton swabs, and adhesive tape

- Latex-free gloves - To help prevent infection

- Tweezers - For removing ticks

- Muzzle and leash - For emergency transport purposes

- Digital thermometer - Pick up a "fever" thermometer, which tracks higher temperatures, and try to get a rectal reading

- Activated charcoal - Helps prevent poison absorption, and can be used to induce vomiting (but consult a professional before use)

- Benadryl - For bug bites and bee stings

- Clean cloths - To absorb bleeding or to cover wounds

- Emergency phone list - Should include veterinarian #, as well as ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline (1-888-426-4435)

- Soft Cone (E-collar) - Prevents pets from licking or irritating wounds

If you have a pet, consider getting together a first aid kit for your pets (and one for people too if you don't already!)


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